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. Phil

    Don't worry Charlotte, she won't be his VP. And it isn't up to her. She can do whatever she wants but the election is decided, and it again isn't up to her.

    If you think Republicans want you, try getting on McCain's ticket

    I think you'll find out where they really stand on things.

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. Margeaux

    Heaven help the U.S. if that guy gets anywhere near the white house. I can't believe people have fallen for this empty guy.

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

    Oh no! 4 more years of GOP.

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  4. breh/California

    I smell the fear of those resistant to change. Hillary is not worthy of consideration for VP. SHE CAN'T BE TRUSTED!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  5. Cindy

    Peace, people! Peace! It's a great night for Obama, and a rough night for Clinton. Just ride it out.

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  6. Ally from VA

    After seeing Clinton's closing speech today... she is only caring... ABOUT HERSELF.

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  7. Still for Hill

    Hillary the Independent!
    How can the superdelegate push be a win?
    Makes no since.
    Leaving the Democratic Party.

    June 3, 2008 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  8. sally in cali

    This is the mother who would rather split the baby instead of letting the other mother have it.

    Clinton is not a caring person. Face it. She is selfish.

    This election is about the good of our nation. It's not all about her.

    June 3, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  9. Michigan Voter !!!

    Hillary Take it All The Way To The Convention !!! . We Need A Strong President !!!! . No Obama !!!

    Hillary , Or John McCain 2008

    June 3, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  10. Josie WA

    If she were truely caring she would stop trying to challange the electabilty of our presumptive nominee. She would help her supporters to accept him instead of encouraging them to be upset and angry. She is selfish.

    June 3, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  11. marilyn lilly

    Hillary must be VP. Watch what you say or you will make Obama lose.

    June 3, 2008 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  12. goawaymongers

    It is time for unity- and I think it's imperative for our Nation to elect Barack Obama as President. As far as "caring" goes, I believe that Senator Obama cares so deeply for this Country and Her citizens, perhaps more than ANY candidate I've seen in my 52 years. (The other candidate that cared so deep was Bobby Kennedy- )
    The GE is upon us, and it's time to end the division and hate in the Democratic Party. ON TO THE WHITE HOUSE!!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. Cheryl L. Swaim

    Do you think Obama will change things like Jimmy Carter did? Or will he change things like George Bush did? He's got a personality like George Bush does. So he won't be changing anything in that department. Poor America.

    June 3, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  14. Sam

    If Obama loses in November, it will be due to the thousands of idiotic women who have suspended reason in the face of a woman nominee. That will be a just result too, since americans have shown over the last two elections that they lack any reason or judgement.


    June 3, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  15. Democrats against Obama

    Please, we do not need another learn as you earn president!! Hillary could have saved us, now it's up to McCain. Obama and his cult just can not win (THANK GOD)!!!!

    McCain 08

    June 3, 2008 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  16. Shane


    June 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  17. Joshua College Station TX

    What??!!! I'm a voter, and I think she is a conniving faker. I think she paints on a veneer in order to come across as genuine, when she is in fact the very opposite. She is a power-hungry, ambitious woman with no willingness to cooperate unless it meets her own desires. She cries when it is opportune, and she changes her policy positions to falsely encourage potential voters when she has no intention of following through with her promises. She is a liar! I don't think Hillary Clinton cares about me at all. I am a single white 31 year old male in the lowest income bracket.

    June 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  18. Phil

    Frank, in politics A > B does not imply that A > C.

    I hope you figure out what that means someday.

    Also Obama won Montana, I guess that makes him the winner cause he like totally won a state.

    June 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  19. BVS Maine

    irrelevant ... it's over.

    June 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  20. jim

    Clinton has experience which is easier to see and measure for all that she has done, but how to know what change is? The change will be in the future and cannot be judged today. The change can be good or bad.

    In 2000 elections Al Gore lost to Bush, Americans wanted a change then too. They did not care for the same party coming back. But what did we get from the change we got from Bush?
    I feel Americans don't know what they are getting into when they say they want change. As long as they don't know it is ok for them. It looks like not knowing about the future and just asking for a change is the best Americans can do!

    June 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  21. KE

    The media is getting a little bit like a cult.

    Sen. Obama is getting all the attention and all the praise from the MSM all the time and I don't understand why the media is complaining about the Hillary supporteres. What do they want from Hillary?

    June 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  22. Gary Chandler in Canada

    I actually hope Obama and Clinton agree to Clinton in the Health portfolio, and I saw wording in both of their speeches towards that end. She was avoided a riot by not conceding.
    (But, dang, it wouldn't surprise me to wake up and find out she is running Independent!?)

    June 3, 2008 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  23. Phil


    Thanks so much for the comic relief!

    June 3, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  24. Betty

    Barack Obama's speech was as eloquent, heartfelt, and sincere as his campaign. An obviously selfless individual who looks for the good. His wisdom, insight, and keen judgment can carry us far as a nation. His strength can aid us in withstanding our most formiddable foes, while supporting the home front. Definitely a man of velvet and steel. His ability to accentuate the positive of those that have fought so treachously against him reveals signs of a true leader. I feel that what ever choice he makes for his vp running mate, will be the right one. I truly trusts this mans judgement and supports his decision.

    June 3, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  25. Unaffiliated

    Hillary can do no wrong, admit no defeat, can show no grace - sounds exactly like our current president to me. I'm voting for true change, not the same old garbage in a different party.

    June 3, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
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