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. Alex B.

    She is also more experienced, more qualified, and more ELECTABLE!

    June 3, 2008 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  2. j kothary, Blaine, WA

    you mean more caring for her own greed !!

    put this for moderation too !!

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

    Please Hillary, do not be Obamas VP. He will throw anyone under the bus. You are too good to be second banana to this jerk. People do not want to see past the, yes we can, and fired up and ready to go. I went to highschool and attended many rallies and that is all Obama has going for him. The speakers inspired us and that is all they did. I understand the young people being inspired, a good speech can do that. But, remember they are just words. He resigns from his church because it is the political thing to do. Does that change his thinking? NO His mentors were Rev. Wright and Father Pfleger? Do you just suddenly stop believing what you have heard for 20 years? NO! He is a Judas who will turn on anyone to win. When he resigned from that racist church it was because of the damage their thinking was doing to his campaign. They and he still think that way, do not be fooled.
    For the first time in my adult life I am truely ashamed of my country. How this nobody who is the biggest flake in history can be the nominee is unbelievable. God help us all. Maybe if we all write Hillary on our ballots in November we can stop this maddness

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  4. Arkansas Undertaker

    For all those "So Called Dmeocrats" that continue to say they are voting for McCain in November, who cares!!!!!! NOBODY!!!!

    Half of the Republican party is going to vote for Obama anyway. So the hell with all of you!!!!!

    ANd Hillary will not be dictating to anybody that she should be the Vice President. SHe and her husband have already pushed that out of the door! Thank God!

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  5. S. Holt

    Hillary cares about Hillary, and maybe her daughter. She cares about that outstanding debt. She does not care about the dnc or the general election. She could not graciously bow out and congratulate Obama before having her hand out for the VP. He is such a gentleman and so gracious to her. She can go home to the NY senate or be Governor, we don't need her concession or what she plans to do in the future.

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  6. Karen

    Caring for whom? For her voters or for her potential votes? Is this from your uneducated innocent and easily cheated interviewees, Bill?

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. Jerry

    Go ahead Helen, NY, send more of our kids to die in Irak. Wht don't you go there and fight? Uh?

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  8. Catherine

    Can care and Hillary go in the same sentence?

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  9. Independant

    NObama, NoClinton. Can't the dems put someone out that isn't slimy?

    Of course, they can't even run a nomination either.

    June 3, 2008 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. Lakisha Washington

    I supported Hillary Clinton now I will support Barack Obama. If Hillary is genuine to her word she will now support Barack to unite our Democratric Party.

    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  11. Flor

    I agree! Hillary needs to continue fighting for the Presidency. Take it all the way to the convention. Sure, Obama is better than McBush (McCain) but Hillary is the best choice of all.

    Also – Your pundits really need to keep their emotions under control. Hillary has a lot of supporters and he only won by a small margin. They should remember that before jumping all over her.

    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |


    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  13. lil

    Yeah, she showed that tonight. About her self not the people of the

    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  14. cynthia

    hillary as as caring as a rattlesnake

    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  15. Sara from Arizona

    Oh please, give it a rest. NO MORE CLINTONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  16. from NY

    for Gods sake America,...... At least allow Obama one news cycle of respect

    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  17. open eyes

    I just wish that all the uneducated Hillary supporters get smart and think about the how voting for MCcain will make the world miserable for another three years . Stop thinking about race. THINK!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  18. SAB

    The only way Obama will get my vote is if Hillary is his VP. Otherwise, I don't believe there is any hope. I think she can bring in what is need for him to secure the presidency. He talks a good game, but it comes out sounding like a bunch of BS to get the vote. I really doubt he will be able to do ALL he promises with his "change" and I don't think he deserves the presidency. This country is in too much of a mess after Bush, for Obama to come in and TRY to be the miraculous cure we all need to get out country back on track.

    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. akamoke

    For those going to vote McCain...when you have to vote, vote, don't threaten....

    Its your right

    June 3, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. Mary

    I admire Senator Clinton a great deal but this is not her time. We cannot win on a platform of change with the Clintons along. There are other, better choices from among the nations governors.

    Additionally, we do not need Bill Clinton and his off-the-cuff comments sinking another campaign. It's simply too big of a risk.

    June 3, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  21. No Obama

    We all have to Vote for John McCain since WE can't have Hillary!.

    June 3, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  22. xddy4u

    The way these polls are conducted they do not get you to say how you really feel, so you take the next thing to it. Polls of this nature can get the rub any way they want it. How in the name of goodness can anyone say Hillary is more caring than Obama. The only thing Hillary care abour is Hillary. This campaign has cost Obama dearly, and I'm not talking about money. But what has it cost Hillary? Nothing but money, she didn't have any church or friends to denounce. This poll is a dud.

    June 3, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  23. Interesting timing DNC superdelegates

    June 3rd, 2008 10:52 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Umm- I thought the superdelegates were not going to decide the nomination. Hillary for president 08- Independent- You won the popular vote and have the electoral map advantage. This long term decocrat will not vote for Obama unless Hillary is on a joint ticket.

    June 3, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  24. Hillary/Carter 08

    Hillary won South Dakota, the last state, that's the last word, that means Hillary wins it all!!


    June 3, 2008 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  25. Dave

    Obama, you're so money and you don't even know it.

    June 3, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
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