June 11th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Poll shows Obama picking up Clinton voters

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(CNN) - A new poll out Wednesday suggests Barack Obama is picking up support among older female voters, a demographic that largely voted for Hillary Clinton in the prolonged Democratic primary race.

The findings could be a sign the Illinois senator is making significant strides among that bloc of voters, who had been fiercely loyal to Clinton and potentially ambivalent about supporting Obama in the general election.

WATCH Analysis of why Clinton supporters are moving toward Obama

According the new survey out by Gallup, Obama now holds a 6 point lead over McCain among women over 50 nationwide, 47 to 41 percent. That compares to a 3 point lead (46 to 43 percent) McCain held over Obama in a similar poll taken last week just days before Hillary Clinton conceded the nomination.

WATCH Clinton urge her supporters to back Obama

Extended to all female voters, Obama now holds a 13 point lead over McCain, up 8 points from this time last week.

Eight days after the Democratic nomination officially came to an end, Alan Silverleib, CNN Senior Political Researcher, said the poll provides "solid evidence that the wounds of the Democrats’ long primary season are already starting to heal."

“Obama will need most of Clinton’s women supporters to beat McCain in November," Silverleib said. "Fortunately for Obama, many of these supporters are apparently rallying to his side.”

soundoff (508 Responses)
  1. Slash

    There's only three kinds of people still rooting for Hillary to be President this year: people trapped in wells with no television, groupies who care more about visualizing themselves in Hillary's place as a means of psychological fulfillment than her issues, and Republicans trying to pull a con on everyone (far most numerous).

    Anyone who looks at McCain's abysmal record on women's issues (including a zero rating from Planned Parenthood and voting against pay equality, funding for outreach programs to prevent teen pregnancies, and stated his desire to overturn Roe v Wade as recently as 2007) cannot say they're voting for him because they're fighting sexism. It's a bald-faced lie. Don't kid us and don't kid yourself-you don't care about Hillary or the issues she believes in, or you'd vote for Obama-winner of the primaries and next President of the United States.

    June 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. k knowles

    and exactly who are they asking? I fanatically supported Hillary but no way will I support Obama, read the news people, we're on the verge of another war, now with IRAN!! Sorry, my life is more important than my checkbook at the moment. Obama wants to "HAVE TEA and CRUMPETS" with the enemy..?? I say- NUKE EM MCCAIN!!

    June 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. Remi

    Don't call yourself a Hillary supporter and cast your vote for John McCain...call yourself oppressed.

    McCain has an abysmal record on Women's rights, he voted "no" on The Equal Rights Amendment, "no" to women in the military, but "yes" to the trillion dollar war. Fiscal Coneservation...my patootie.

    John McCain: Experience we can't afford.

    He also left his paraplegic (ex) wife to date Cindy McCain. Nice.

    June 11, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  4. Mike Kaplan

    This is indeed good news- as most of us hoped, most Hillary supporters realize that McCain is pretty much the opposite of Hillary in every way.

    Many of you who CLAIM to be Hillary supporters who would support McCain over Obama, even after Hillary's very gracious and wise speech the other night, are either very stupid, or else you're just Republicans who are trying to stir up trouble for our side.

    You republicans must be desperate. I'm going to REALLY enjoy watching you lose to Obama.

    June 11, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  5. living without health insurance

    Oh yes. Obama, the great uniter – unless you happen to be one of the 18,000,000 people who voted for Hillary – and unless you happen to be one of those who won't get coverage under his health plan. So much for UNIVERSAL health care. Obama – the great uniter of a third of all America!!!!! If I wanted a split country, I would have voted for GW.

    June 11, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  6. Tom

    Loyal Clinton voters switching to Obama is an oxymoron, moron. Truly loyal Clinton voters couldn't possibly vote for Obama. Heck, his wife knows that because she said she wouldn't vote for Hillary if the situation was reversed.

    June 11, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. anne-marie

    that's a lie. my husband and his family will never vote for Obama. I heard many people saying they won't vote for Obama. I have been shattered since Hillary was out. I am shattered by the way the democratic party treated Hillary. I feel as a woman that in the way the media and the democratic party and the people treated Hillary is a very good reflextion on how women are treated in this society. I am broken hearted and I will never vote for Obama. and the cnn media has been cencoring my posts for months, because I support Hillary. This has been the most unfair campaign and the women voices were shut down just like you normall do to women in this society. such a shame. but now it is revenge time and you will see coming November that a a lot of people will vote for McCain instead of Obama. these are all lies. the media and democratic party have been manipulated the people so well. but coming November the voices of the wonded women and senior citizens will speak up and McCain will win not Obama.

    June 11, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  8. Rapid

    Is this the part where we're supposed to act surprised?

    C'mon, after all the barking from Limbaugh to switch sides, the media swearing off Hillary's votes to anyone but Obama, didn't anyone else figure that 8 years of Republican rule would be enough to unite the Democrats behind their candidate regardless of who it turned out to be.

    The writing's been on the wall on this for a long time. Ask anyone out there if they are better of now after Dub-ya's reign of stupidity and you'll see the fuel that will light a million votes against ANY republican presidential candidate. John McCain may have the worst timing in election history right now and is standing in front of a freight train with no brakes and a desire for a change of policies. The continuation of those now being spewed out of the White House is gonna grate a lot more than the Dems this fall.

    Expect a few Republican's to jump the fence.

    June 11, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
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