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

Poll shows Obama picking up Clinton voters

A new poll shows signs Obama is winning over former Clinton supporters.

A new poll shows signs Obama is winning over former Clinton supporters.

(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. $4.67 a gallon in Califronia

    This will last until Obama names a VP candidate, and the name isn't Hillary. Then the firestorm will start anew.

    June 11, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  2. Former Republican

    Ok Not all of the Hill’s girls are blind with bitterness. I know McCain and the folks at Fox New are pissed off!

    June 11, 2008 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  3. Woman's Rights





    June 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  4. Welcome Hillary Supporters!


    Thanks for staying with us, and knowing that McCain wouldn't give you anything for your vote – just a big laugh from the Oval Office.

    Democrats in '08!

    June 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. gramma

    I helped register voters this past weekend in California and we had one of the largest number of registrants in a long time, including a number of folks who switched from Republican to Democrat, even though there is no primary coming up. They wanted to "send a message" to the RNC. Also, the feedback was extremely positve re switching loyalty from Hillary to Obama.
    I think when people get over their hurt feelings, they will vote for choice, for Social Security, for healthcare, for Obama.

    June 11, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. NoMcSame

    When I was a kid my sister and I got into fights and that was OK but if another guy was to fight with her we both would try to take his head off. Not one time do I remember her lining up with the other guy, who did not have her best interest in mind.
    Enough said.

    June 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. Mitch

    To those supporters that say Obama will give something to Hillary:
    1) She has earned everything that could be offered to her
    2) Who says she wants anything from Obama
    3) Who knows what she will do next
    4) How many Clinton supporters supported her cause she was only the least of the two evils
    5) Do we really think Hillary even likes Obama

    I have a no vote for Obama

    June 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. Nicole in NE

    The "Welcome Hillary Supporters" comment says it all –

    Did you really believe in Hillary at all people?
    Because these comments are exactly how we elected BUSH twice! It is amazing to me.

    To all those coming together – I am SO PROUD OF YOU!
    Obama 08

    June 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  9. DonaldH

    Our upcoming presidential choices are no choices at all. Either we end up with a McaiNation or an ObabaNation. How about none of the above.

    June 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  10. Jeff

    Where's the analysis on who MEN are planning to vote for? One would think that the womens' vote is the only one that counts in CNN-world. A little equal time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 11, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. Chut Pata

    Types of Clinton backers.

    1) True democrats who thought Hillary was a better candidate. No doubt about them that they WILL vote Obama
    2) Sexist. When they will realize that their liberation and their right to chose is in jeapordy, they will vote Obama, not McCain
    3) Racist. When they will realize that a third term of Bush and his oil mafia via McBush would reposses their homes, their 401k (via crashed stock market) , their children (via Iraq war) etc etc, they WILL become color blind and vote Obama
    4) Republicans disguised as Hillary voters. Who care? They would have voted McBush even if Hillary was the presidential nominee.

    June 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. Women In California for Obama

    KM June 11th, 2008 4:53 pm ET

    For the die hard Clinton supporters. I am not mad at you if you don't support or agree with Obama, that is your choice and your right. However, I am mad and disappointed if you tell me that you will NEVER vote for him and vote for McCain instead just to prove a point.

    I can respect you more if you did not vote for a presidential candidate at all.

    KM I totally agree with you. If they vote for McCrazy that tells me what they truly are.

    June 11, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  13. A phi A since 1906 waiting for Obama.

    Go ahead, vote Mcbush ladies over fifty, maybe you are just proving to all men that women can not make choices without involving emotions rather than intallect, sound judgement, and facts.

    June 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  14. Linda

    It's always hard when your candidate loses, but, it is honoring Hillary Clinton to vote for whom she feels would be the best choice. Hillary backers that vote for McCain are doing her an injustice!! You will be sorry if McCain is elected and it's four or possibly eight more years of Bush tactics. Think about it carefully!!!

    June 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. Former Republican

    For someone who is 50 you sure don’t act like it. You say you support Hillary? And what she stands for. But you and your friends??? Are voting for McCain who does not care about you or any of your friends??? So this is how you show Hillary Love and Respect for what she had done. My dear Mary Hillary is not joining the Republican party…
    Did you not get the memo. Im a republican and I know better then to vote for McCain.

    June 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. Brando

    Wishful Thinking CNN. The lies you tell, the secrets you keep. It's a national poll uhm?....IT DOESN'T MATTER! It's all bout the Electoral College, Stupid. Barack NEEDS 270 EV in Nov, he ain't getting THOSE.

    June 11, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. where's my shovel?

    What a load of bull@!#*
    Clinton Backers are not moving to Obama.
    What's the motto? "If you print it, they'll believe it"???

    June 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. Brian Knoxville, TN

    The Obama campaign has used its financial resources to take over the DNC and is now beginning to patrol the internet for organizations that are opposed to the selection of Barack Obama as the undemocratic Democratic Party’s nominee. The website of our registered organization People United Means Action PAC has been targeted today for a sustained disruption. Their tactics of suppression of Democrats’ voices, so evident during the nomination process, are nothing less than sleazy. Anyone who even thinks about donating money to the Obama campaign must be made aware of the way in which their money is being used to fund a takeover of the Democratic Party and the voices of the people. Wake up now, before you discover that you have unwittingly supported the rise of a tyranny after it is too late.

    June 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. Don in Florida

    As an Obama supporter I won't take it for granted that we will automatically get most of Hillary's supporters without a lot of hard work. Hopefully this is a step in the right direction. For all of you Hillary supporters thinking about coming aboard the Obama Express I would like to say we want you and we need your help to beat McCain. If you help us now we will help Sen Cllinton if she decides to run in 2012. Both groups need each other to accomplish what each of us want. Please consider that. Also, beware of Republicans in Democrats clothing coming in here trying to stir up trouble between our two groups. Team Obama welcomes you with open arms.

    June 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Lynne

    It's not Obama's doing. Most women voting for Obama feel like they have to. I haven't heard a word from Obama to start any healing. I'll vote for him because Hillary asked me to but I'm still angry and nothing is "healed."

    June 11, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  21. David, Silver Spring, MD

    Women supporters of Hillary Clinton who are saying they will back John McCain should realize this: An Obama election shatters the wall that historically has stood between everyone other than white males and the Presidency. Once that wall is gone, the way will be much clearer for others to ascend to the highest elected office.

    You may be sorry that the trail is not being blazed by Hillary, but you should support the blazing of the trail. Where Obama goes today, others will follow tomorrow; maybe even Hillary.

    June 11, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  22. Justice League

    L-tran, that works out to 3 to 1 in favor of Obama. Sounds pretty good to me. Obama is the greatest! Together we can!

    June 11, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  23. Jaybird

    I have a 16 year old son. When I see Mr McDepends standing their with Joe Lieberman, all hot for going after that short little guy in Iran, Iwant to lose by breakfast. They see our sons, and our daughters, as cannon fodder.....when you feel bitter over your loss in the primaries, use that thought to clear your minds

    June 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  24. Clinton Supporter

    So much for those who thought Hillary's word was not good.

    June 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  25. Nic

    Congratulations Mary and all your friends. You've proven to us all that anyone older than 50 really is senile. Thanks!

    June 11, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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