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. FactCheck

    Let's put it this way, you don't have to like the guy. Heck, you could hate the very sight of him. But ask yourself this question: do you really want 4 more years of high gas prices, continued foreclosures, cuts in social security, cuts in heathcare, tax cuts that benefit folks who make over $250,000/year? If so, then go right ahead and vote for McSame.

    June 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. stacy

    selected, not elected, pumapac.org

    June 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  3. dennis from texas

    vote no bama the man who did not want to have re votes in florida and michigan which was to be paid entirely by an outside source noBAMA all the way to the dnc where your vote does not count anyway

    June 11, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  4. Joe

    I am a republican who would vote for Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, either one is better than John McCain. McCain is weak, I was shown that when he was in a Republican Debate and Ron Paul asked him a question on the economy and he couldn't even answer the question, he just rattled off names of Senators. I would vote republican if we had put up a better candidate. Also, I am a combat Marine veteran who states that Iraq is not our war to win. I vowed to defend the constitution of the US against all enemies foreign and domestic and Iraq did not do anything to the US to warrent a military strike. You see John McCain can't lose this war no matter how many lives are lost. He served in a war that was the first ever lost in US history and that was Vietnam, which should of never happened.

    June 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. Independent for Obama

    Yay! This is great. I know the republican troublemakers posing as HRC supporters won't like it, but I'm excited. I'm happy to know that people will vote the issues and not just have hurt feelings and then do something extreme, like vote for McBomb Iran.

    June 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Emanuel

    The republican brand has been weighed in the balance and found wanting.......desperately!

    While they profess to know God, Their prayers will go unheard.

    You can expect landslides in red country and a landslide in November!

    God bless your selfless hopes and aspirations!

    June 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  7. Smarter than the rest

    Ok let's see how intelligent the Republicans are –

    Here is their claim ( Per Tucker Bounds or should I say 'bonehead'):
    "Jim Johnson's resignation raises serious questions about Barack Obama's judgment," said McCain spokesperson Tucker Bounds Wednesday. By entrusting this process to a man who has now been forced to step down because of questionable loans, the American people have reason to question the judgment of a candidate who has shown he will only make the right call when under pressure from........"

    Here is my response –

    The President of the United States of America will be in a tough position and will find himself under a lot of PRESSURE many times. It is extremely important to make the RIGHT CALL UNDER PRESSURE. Even the republicans realize Obama is capable of it.... What they fail to realize it that the smart person will change course to get to the CORRECT outcome, but not Mcsane......So Reps you are actually crediting Obama because you are so backwards......

    June 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    I personally know 2 diehard Clinton supporters who will now back Obama 100%. (My sister and neighbor).

    They think those rabid "If not Clinton then McCain' women are being irrational.

    Voting for McCain to spite Obama is wacky.

    Listen to Hillary. She knows.

    June 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |

    I believe when women find out that McSame wants to reverse their right to choose which they have fought so long and so hard for they will not vote for him. Remember he will be chosing the next 1-2 supreme court justices. That is HUGE so if you want to keep your rights ladies don't pick McSAme. He is clearly pandering for your votes and could care less after he get's them.

    June 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  10. balanced reporting please

    why does the report the overall poll? Could it be that Obama is losing? Wouldn't want to say that would we?

    June 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  11. Jeff, AL

    Obama needs to go ahead and announce Clinton as VP.

    June 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  12. MD

    Welcome to the Obama socialist revolution. Hugo Chavez should be signing up soon. If Obama is elected, it will be at least entertaining to hear your whining about your increased tax bill and Department of Motor Vehicles Health Care Provider.

    Obama supporters are even more naive than the candidate himself.

    June 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. TXBad1

    Obama will get about 2 million of the 18 million Supporters but thats it! and McCain will get about 12million of them and 4 million will not Vote or write in Hillary or Vote Independent, the DNC, and not listening to the Majority has Lost credibility under Dean and Obama will loose in November! and it Falls on the Shoulders of the Leadership and Obama and the Obamanites.

    McCain 2008 and Hillary in 2012

    June 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  14. Jason

    What a spin zone. CNN is trying to save face and alter realities once again. The truth is that CLinton and Obama split the primaries even, and only a slim majority of superdelegates pushed him over the top. Its like Soviet politics– the party leaders install the new Premiere of the motherland.

    So you Clinton Supporters, don't forget the BAN ON FACTIONS, and vote with the PARTY not against it!

    June 11, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. ProundToBeADemocrat

    Good for you ladies you are true democrats do not let Repulicans exploit us. Democrats will unite when it comes to beaten the false christians so called conseravatice Republicans.

    June 11, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. susie

    Obama will not get my vote, he thinks of us as "typical white women". Guess what? He didn't misspeak!!!! He knew what he was saying.

    June 11, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  17. who's the liar

    Well, it just could get you killed these days -in the Obama ruled USA – to say that you are NOT voting for Obama.

    So who knows if people are telling the truth anymore.

    June 11, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  18. Angie from Texas

    Barack Obama WILL be the next President.

    Or your children and their children and their children's children will be paying off Bush's trillion dollar deficit for an unjust war and you will NOT get a single dime for your Social Security. MEDICARE/MEDICAID is bankrupt. You really think the GOP will do something about it? They had 8 years to do something about it. Get real and stick to the issues. If you vote GOP, you get what you asked for. (ignorance is not always bliss)

    FYI: Barack Obama is against raising the age of Social Security. Thank you bc my father is working 12+ hr shifts on a bad back just to make sure he can live out his life with "RESPECT & DIGNITY." (words of Obama)

    June 11, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  19. saba

    You are republican ! we know, we are not stupid like you!

    June 11, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. Peter

    And this barely a week after Hillary dropped out. Change is coming. The whole world can smell it. This certainly is not good news to those still in grieving stage but it would be a

    June 11, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Marie in California

    Well, Obama's not going to pick up this one! Wouldn't vote Obama for dog catcher! He's not even qualified for that.

    Hillary got thrown under the bus. Obama was selected, not elected. I've lost all respect for the DNC and MSM.

    No Abomination in the Presidency!

    McCain – 2008

    June 11, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  22. A-Man

    Only these hating Clinton supporters who only love her because she is a girl can see the benefit in voting against the democratic party which is pro female and minority rights, in order to help an anti female and minority right party. They sure do show their intelligence.

    June 11, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Rob from Canada

    I'm stunned at how hostile some of these comments are. I'm Canadian and unfortunately I don't have a vote, but I'm doing all that I can to try to heal the rift with my American friends. Don't cut off your nose to spite your face.

    Can we all just take a deep breah before we start typing ?

    June 11, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Fitz

    Kiah, I couldn't agree with you more.....lol

    She is basically a Tabloid Journalist in disguise.

    June 11, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  25. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA





    June 11, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
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