June 3rd, 2008
10:35 PM ET
14 years ago

Schneider: Voters say Clinton is more caring

(CNN) - Hillary Clinton has made her vast experience a central theme of her campaign – and among those voters who said that was the top quality they were looking for in a presidential candidate, she was the undisputed choice in tonight’s exit polls: they chose her over Barack Obama by 93 to 7 percent in South Dakota, and 94 to 4 percent in Montana.

Barack Obama, meanwhile, has built his run around the need for change – and won large majorities of voters who said that was the most important quality in a potential commander-in-chief, beating Clinton by 67 to 33 percent among those voters in South Dakota, and 79 to 17 percent in Montana.

But even though they split tonight’s contests, it’s clear the advantage in this area was Obama’s: one in five voters in both states said experience was of paramount importance, but half of South Dakota’s voters, and 55 percent of Montana’s, said the ability to bring about change was essential in a candidate.

In Montana, voters who said having a president who cares about people was their priority split their votes almost evenly between the two candidates: Clinton had a 47 to 43 percent edge. But in South Dakota, which Clinton won, a significant majority of those voters – 60 percent – gave her the edge.

Former President Bill Clinton spent a lot of time in the state in the days leading up to Tuesday’s vote telling voters that his wife “cares about people like you.” It looks like that message sunk in.

soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. smw

    Helen, Barack Obama supports the same policies Hillary Clinton does. Why not consider the issues that would have led you to vote for HRC? If you support her, why not support her politics?

    June 3, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  2. tdt

    I have just watched Obama's speech in MN. I FINALLY believe the United States of America has hope once more. I have much hope for the future after the November election.

    June 3, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  3. Dr. Proctor

    Democrats against Mccain!! YES!!

    June 3, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. Griff

    Marcus Brutus struck then as he will in November...... You should fear no more.... Borack Obama, is another piece of History...
    Knifed in the Back, as the Democrat's did today....

    June 3, 2008 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  5. rolly of los angeles


    June 3, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  6. BDT

    You see where she stands now and Obama didn't steal the election from her and it was not given to him.His people were more in touch with the process to win.Go ahead and vote for old man McCain and see where you are in four years.8 years of BUSH and trillions in debt and he could care less about you. We are not his BASE !!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  7. mike

    Caring about what, herself?

    June 3, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  8. Chris

    More caring?

    She wants to give Obama 0 popular votes in MI, where's the "count all votes"?

    She wants disenfranchised MI/FL but changed her tune when she discovered she "needed" the votes.

    She wants to disenfranchise 12 caucus states.

    She's the most dishonest and politically calculating of all three... how can that be more caring?

    June 3, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  9. Vig

    You people make me sick – this is one of the few positive comments you have made about Hillary Clinton now that Obama is king of the world. CNN is to be ashamed of it's hijacking of Clinton's nomination. Obama has more bull coming out of his mouth than substance. He's can't hold a candle to Clinton and he knows it. He won't be getting my vote – in November or any other time. I am totally disgusted – this isn't about race – it's about gender. Plain and simple.

    June 3, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  10. dave

    For all women out there, even if you dont like Hillary Clinton. June 25 th is Hillary Clinton’s Day!!
    To show that a women could anything they want!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. Tammy

    I can not believe that the popular vote does not count. I live in Florida where the Republican leaders choose to move up the primary date and it is the voters that get punished. I am a Hillary supporter and will not vote for Obama in November. He is like a used car salesman, talking and talking and not saying anything. The american people followed him like lambs to the slaughter. "This is how freedom ends with thunderous applause". I will not vote for him even if Hillary is the VP. I am 32 yrs old, a woman and a college graduate.

    June 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  12. Daniel, Loganville. Ga.

    so selfish

    June 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. obama == supporter== arkansas

    why is it she lost if she is so popular

    June 3, 2008 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  14. frank

    It is really ridiculous. He almost is the nominee, but still failed a state tonight by more than 10%. Do you know what that means? Obama will lose the general election.
    Choosing Hillary as his VP may save him. Otherwise, he will fail and end his politic life.

    June 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  15. Tonya South Carolina

    I think Hillary was a little disrespectful tonight, Obama praised her tonight and all she did was spit in his face I guess you can't say nice things about people anymore, so Obama all I can say is NO HILLARY ON YOUR TICKET let her suppporters VOTE Mccain GOD will lead you, you don't have to beg VOTERS to vote for you, GOD may not be there when you call but when you are going through your battles he's always on TIME, Cograulations Make Us Proud

    June 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  16. Ed, Santa Fe, NM


    CARING??? BA-LONEY!!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  17. Deborah Merrill

    Barack Obama does not need Hillary Clinton and he should choose someone else - lots of great possibilities without the "Bill baggage". How about Senator Webb?

    June 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Angela

    Congratulations to Obama!!!!!! Time to go against the big guns now.
    And a big round of applause should go to CNN for selecting our Democratic Nominee!! Nice Job!!

    June 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  19. Les-Wa

    Hillary will be the nominee when the convention is over in August. Endorsements of superdelegates are NOT carve in stone, they can change their minds up to the last second before pushing the button to cast their vote. Endorsements are NOT final votes, even pledged delegates can cast their votes differently during convention! Welcome to the real world what endorsement really meant.


    June 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  20. martin


    June 3, 2008 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  21. Kristi

    Hillary us a selfish, greedy, self fulfilling, entitiled, privelidged sore loser. She continues to divide the party even when there are signs that her own supporters are jumping ship. I call that desperate.

    June 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  22. jm

    Obama wins at public speaking. Clinton wins the popular vote. If not for the party bigwigs, Clinton WON according to the voters. That MEANS something to us – this is supposed to be representative government, not presidency for and by the "party" big shots. Thought Obama was for "change that we could believe in" – not good ole party politics.

    June 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  23. McClinton Voter

    The DNC has stolen the nomination for Obama.

    McCain '08

    June 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  24. Marie in California

    Hillary has consistently had my support throughout this primary, and she needs to keep on fighting. Her speech tonight was no concession speech, thank goodness!

    Denver! Denver! Denver! Go all the way!

    However, if Obama remains the nominee, my Democratic vote and my money will have to go to McCain.

    Obama is not qualified or experienced, and at least McCain is an honorable and decent man with a distinguished life history.

    Hillary or McCain – 2008

    June 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  25. G. Penley

    Hillary Clinton cares about one person: herself. And who ever believed a word that Bill said? He was impeached for lying under oath.

    June 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
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