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. Mish

    She certainly never displayed that in her speech tonight!!!
    Was not even graceful enough to congratulate Senator Obama on the nomination
    I am sure that must have hurt him bc to me he seemed really emotional when he spoke to night and there were times near the end
    when I sensed he was close to tears

    June 3, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  2. Jered

    You better watch your mouth Arkansas Undertaker! You may not be able to swallow what you just said in here!

    CLINTON SUPPORTERS give this guy what he wants! And CNN, better post this comment!

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

    Clinton would make the better president. My country is more important than my party. I will vote for John McCain. At least he is a decent man who loves his country. Obama is a very dangerous man with a very racist wife but hides his own well. Hold on to your seats folks you won't believe what this man will do if he becomes president of this country. Poor America. Hope all you obama supporters have good jobs so you can pay all the new taxes.

    June 3, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  4. Kris K from CA

    Clinton was so insulting in her speech tonight. I am ashamed for her. She was ungracious. She was adversarial. She was defiant. She was out of line. She doesn't get it and never will. She didn't win. The person she cares about most is herself. That is clear. Very clear. She will have the Democratic party so angry with her by tomorrow they won't be able to see straight. They want peace in the party and did not get it from Clinton tonight.

    June 3, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  5. dumb

    she cares about herself

    June 3, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  6. ML

    YEs, Hillary is more caring, more strong, more intelligent, wise, honest,
    more pretty too. And she is a woman. Men fight, women care.
    I want her to saty, I want her to switch to independent, to create new party, and run, and win in November.

    June 3, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  7. sdnalednas

    so, amongst voters whom consider HRC "the top quality", she couldn't achieve 100%?? what exactly does this exit poll mean?

    June 3, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  8. Chris

    Clinton supporters: if you don't want to join Obama's fight for the same things that your very respectable candidate believes in, then I will place the blame squarely on you when our country faces another four years of expensive healthcare, war in Iraq, and spiraling debt.

    If you believe in democracy and believe that America needs to be put on the right path, you will put your grumbling aside and start FIGHTING FOR WHAT'S RIGHT TODAY!

    June 3, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  9. Georgia

    Obama, you do not get the vote, sweetie.

    June 3, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  10. breh/California

    The Clinton's don't represent the change that is needed in this country! Period. She continues to prove that she is not to be trusted. Obama was gracious in his speech, while she's refused to admit the obvious and continue to promote her own adgenda. She's truly a sad figure....just take all your millions go away Mrs. Clinton!.... and take Bill with you!

    June 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  11. Belle

    She started her speech with saying she was NOT making any decisions tonight. She has been campaigning and DOING MORE WORK in the Senate than ANY other nominee...for Christ's sake, give her a break, and give the hate a rest for one night...can't you?

    June 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  12. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Actually....Clinton is more calculated...if she thought for a second that tossing that baby on the ground would get her in the White House....little Suzy would be on the pavement....

    I want to talk to a HRC supporter....I need to know how you ignore all the "misspeaks" – and how you parrot "experience" (when she has none) – I need to chat with you guys...(both of you)

    June 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  13. Republican for OBAMA

    Thank God that we will not have close to thirty years of two families in leadership of our country! This is a democracy not a monarchy...
    It's time for change not McSAME.
    For the first time in my political life I am voting Democratic...
    OBAMA all the way!

    June 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  14. Keith from Arkansas

    Hillary lost, and rightfully so. If you'll jump the isle and vote for a conservative because your candidate didn't win the nomination, that makes me question what kind of progressive values that you possessed in the first place. You'll throw all of the reasons that you supported Hillary out the window because your feelings are hurt? Enough of the "I'll vote for McCain" arm-twisting. It didn't work. Your candidate will support the winner for the good of the nation, and so should you.

    June 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  15. Connie

    I watched Obama's speech and I think he is full of it. I'd like to know how he is going to do all that he said, easier said than done, we do have a
    Congress and Sanate ( not that you would thind so from the last two and a half years) and they have a say in what he is going to do on the other hand with a Democratic majority in the houses and a Democratic President I can see where we are haded NO WHERE!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  16. Loretta from California

    It's very unfortunate that this so called caring was not revealed tonight. I am so disappointed in her. And to think I voted for her in the primary. She is so into herself. It's time to Unite without her Democrats.

    June 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  17. California Voter

    A recall the news media has billing Al Gore as "stiff". Having seen and heard him in person, I would not describe him as such. Some of the media have characterized Hillary as "not likable". I would hate to think that Americans are not thinking for themselves in this election and have just followed the media. I admit Obama is a great speaker and has charisma, but even an actor has those qualities and who would elect an actor for President?? Guess I'll go for experience and vote for John McCain.

    June 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  18. Andrew (Toronto, Ontario)

    Hey Helen, you and some other Clinton supporters are showing how truly ignorant you really are. I'll check back with you if McCain wins the nomination and America falls into a depression shortly thereafter. Your attitude belongs on the playground, grow up!

    June 3, 2008 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. sjp

    can't say you concede to obama, i highly doubt he will concede the VP to her.

    June 3, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  20. Sue in MI

    So much for the Obama people talking change. Change would mean you don't trash someone because they had the nerve to run a great campaign against you, and garner nearly a majority of the votes. Change would mean showing respect for that person's intelligence and abilities. All I read here is vitriol and hate directed at the Clintons. You people are a sham, like your beloved candidate. McCain will eat him alive in a debate, and when he throws the country under a nuclear cloud, maybe then you'll be happy. We'll try not to act like you and say we told you so.

    June 3, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  21. Tim, Memphis, TN

    I've never questioned Hillary's concern for the issues on her platform and the people they affect. But now that the delegate count in in Obama's favor, I hope she will stick by her commitment to do what's best for the Democratic party. If Hillary Clinton is truly more caring, then she will do everything in her power to convince as many of those people in her corner, that she may indeed care for, to support Obama in November.

    June 3, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  22. leadership for america

    Won't be voting for McCain. Will be voting for Hillary. Ark. Undertaker, you are the reason Hillary supporters will not be voting your candidate. You don't want us. You don't need us. Great. We'll do our own thing

    June 3, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  23. Rick

    When is someone going to point out that her whole point about going to her website and giving your views is a fraud since the only thing that you can do when you log on is to say you support her?

    June 3, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  24. J Fernsten

    One thing to be said of Barack Obama's speech, is it is very Kennedy-esque. Speaking to the future, not demeaning America's past decisions, he holds an upper hand when americans in general are in one form of pain or another. His only fall is not having a single issue to rail against (such as communism), but a Republican ideology. Standing against an idea is far easier than an ideology.

    June 3, 2008 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  25. Manuel TX

    Half the Republican party is not going to vote for Obama.

    And it's very likely that a large percentage of Hillary supporters will vote for McCain or will abstain from voting. This will happen.


    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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