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. Franky

    Did I miss anything guys??? So, we won??? We won! We Won! We Won!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOLY SNAPS!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!

    I don't know what to say, what the hell happen??? Wait a minute, so he pulled off the upset???? OHHHHH.......MY....GOD!!!! Do you know how much one would wion if they had my boy as the Dem nominee?? I mean, I probably shouldv'e studied this election just like how I studied the Pats, Celts and other sports(if you guys want my picks, just holla). I can't believe it happen, I'm not lying, I'm schocked!!! I knew I shouldv'e studied this election before all the primaries have begun......I can't believe I didn't care at that time....

    Ohhh man this is crazy guys!!! Party guys! Party!!!! LOL!!!!!! I can't believe it.........this is amazing....

    June 3, 2008 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  2. wood burns


    your a tool. I don't know who for, but I know what kind.

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

    Hillary Clinton wanted to make history for herself. Obama wants to make history for us. That's why he won.

    June 3, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  4. Lyz in MD

    Helen, NY:
    What are you, a two year old? I hope you don't consider yourself a feminist. You are willing to vote, out of childish spite, for a man who would overturn Roe V. Wade, a man who wants to let us in for a hundred years of war (a war that has already resulted in a horrendous amount of violence against women, both at home and abroad– war is a women's issue, oh yes it is)?

    You don't care how many women are butchered, raped, battered, and killed, as long as you make your little point? You make me sick!

    June 3, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. think people

    Whatever. Obama gave up the lucrative potential of a career post -Ivy league law school to do community activism and service. Obama didn't borrow others' experience to claim his own. He lived welfare. He lived student loans. He lived service. Tell me where he lacks understanding of the common American reality.

    I respect Hillary Clinton's service and the legacy of Bill Clinton's presidency, although I don't respect the campaign she ran. I respect the feelings of disappointed Hillary supporters, although I don't respect those who rant and pout about voting for McCain when they clearly therefore never cared about policy or the direction of the country my children will live in. I respect John McCain for his service and patriotism, but not for his failure to look through a contemporary lens at the Iraq war rather than through a lens tainted by the posturing bravado from the scars of a VIetnam-era worldview.

    Think, people. Where is your understanding of the American dream? your sense that someone can come from nothing–not privilege–and care, and make change, and alter the world? Where is your sense of history, of this moment, of the opportunity this offers? Where is your understanding of the incredible selfishness of Hillary Clinton's speech, versus the generosity of Obama's toward her, if you really want to get down to caring, and generosity, and selflessness?

    Don't traffic in petty bitterness and punish us all in your attempt to punish Obama for your failure of vision. Join us in making America America again.

    June 3, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. Syndi

    Isn't it a woman's natural instinct to be more caring? Even a shark cares – about his next prey.

    June 3, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  7. Hillary supporter

    Ok obama supporters enough is enough
    u think we are traitors for not supporting ur candidate but look at how u treat ours, it is extremely direspectful!
    if u dont stop soon and apologize im NOT voting for obama

    June 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  8. Phil

    Tammy, the popular vote does count. And Obama has it. You've been lied to, time to let go of the mind control.

    June 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  9. Brian

    Well he may have enough delegates (supers can still change until the convention) but he's not going to win the swing voters in the swing states without Hillary, so he best figure out how to get her all over his ticket. That's a reality that rarely pervades Obamania.

    June 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  10. Lana

    I’m afraid HRC is holding him hostage to get the VP nod.

    I wish she would have just conceded tonight and help start the healing process.

    Why does she have to be “rewarded’ for public service? If she CARES so much about the people of America, she would not expect anything in return.

    June 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  11. Hillary supporter from Texas

    Hillary 08!!

    Lets take it to the convention.

    June 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  12. Texas Ivy

    Hilary Clinton has been accused and abused ever since this race started. I hope she goes back to the Senate and does the job she was elected to do. She can always try again in four years. They will be so sick of Obama by then she will be a shoo-in.

    June 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  13. TonyinKentucky


    The more experienced (based on years in elected or even appointed office), more electable (Hillary has religiously loyal supporters, but nearly everyone else is somewhere between distrust and hate), and bright candidate (Umm President of Harvard Law Review, Constitutional Scholar, Magna Cum Laude Harvard Law ring any bells?)

    1. Experience isn't gained by osmosis. Hillary has never held any office before she came to the Senate.

    2. Empty suits do not graduate magna cum laude at Harvard Law nor do they become President of Harvard Law Review.

    3. It's pretty hard to argue electability when about 50 more people than W. can tolerate you. Hillary inspires Republicans to vote, Independents to voter Republican, and about half or more Democrats to hold their noses.

    The Hillary talking points are RUBBISH!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  14. concerned

    Are the so called hillary supporters voting for a better country or the COLOR OF SKIN??????

    June 3, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  15. Hillary fan from NW

    This is s sad night for American people to be denid of a clearly superior candidate. The superdeligates did not even have the decency to honor the voters of South Dakota and Montana and wait for voters voice before they cast theirs. They jumped in and hand carried Obama across the finish line. Is this honoring the will of the people?

    I am proud of the campaign Hillary ran. She fought hard for us and she will never give up. And I am so happy to see that again she proved the pundits wrong. She did not concede, she won South Dacota and she will use the strenght of her supporters to push for what is important to them. Now that is a fighter and a doer.

    June 3, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  16. Brian

    I'll vote for him, but I think he loses in OH, FL, PA, MI and therefore loses the election. It's the electoral college in Nov. That's all that matters.

    June 3, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  17. Samina from WI

    HEY..where's John KIng?..he was so good at the board. Not that the other John is bad .We're just used to seeing King and he should've been at that magic board on this magical night. 🙂

    June 3, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  18. spencer

    Cnn you need to quit bashing Hillary tonight...You are making things worse...Give the woman her time and respect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 3, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  19. FactCheck

    Actually I don't give a hoot about Clinton supporters who want to vote for McCain. Go ahead.. you make your bed and be prepared to lie in it for the next 4 years or until death (whichever comes first).

    June 3, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. deidre

    The Democratic Party did not listen to the people who voted in their primaries.

    June 3, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  21. Moment of Zen

    It's time to step back and take a deep breath everyone. All this invective and vitriol toward Clinton or Obama is just as bad as I've seen from neocon blogs. Do you really want that? Think about your position. Think about your emotions. Are you really that angry?

    I didn't have a favorite in this race, but I'm glad it's finally over, and I hope everyone can come to their senses and realize what's really at stake.

    June 3, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  22. Will

    All you Clintonites should pool your money and go buy an island, that way you can have Hillary rule over you and your banana republic of America till the end of her days.

    P.S a vote for MCshame means 4 more years of war; an opportunity to stack the supreme court with right wing judges (bye bye abortion rights).
    Further erosion of civil liberties; economic depression.

    Think long and hard about voting for him, because in the end you'll only have yourselves to blame

    June 3, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  23. RONNIE

    I have always liked Hillary.She is a tough women and she will be vp.

    June 3, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  24. Leo

    I can not believe the comments that I am hearing by your panel! Jeff has done nothing but tear down Hillary Clinton night after night. She is an amazing American! I am onr of the 18 million who voted for her!

    June 3, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  25. diana

    it seems strange to me that obama came out of nowhere until 5months ago. and with little to no experience has come to the top spot in our nation. to think he won't need someone on the ticket with him that has been in politics and knows how washington works is foolish. we all know how washington works and obama will be eaten alive and never know what happened.

    June 3, 2008 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
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