Posted by: iam0nly1 | July 5, 2008

Obama Hemorrhaging Support, Clinton Voter Defections on the Rise

Well, well, well, looks that all that “unity” talk was a total sham

A growing number of Clinton supporters polled say they may stay home in November instead of casting their ballot for Obama, an indication the party has yet to coalesce around the Illinois senator four weeks after the most prolonged and at times divisive primary race in modern American history came to a close.

According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Friday, the number of Clinton supporters who plan to defect to Republican Sen. John McCain’s camp is down from one month ago, but — in what could be an ominous sign for Obama as he seeks to unify the party — the number of them who say they plan to vote for Obama is also down, and a growing number say they may not vote at all.

In a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey completed in early June before the New York senator ended her White House bid, 60 percent of Clinton backers polled said they planned on voting for Obama. In the latest poll, that number has dropped to 54 percent.

In early June, 22 percent of Clinton supporters polled said they would not vote at all if Obama were the party’s nominee, now close to a third say they will stay home.

In another sign the wounds of the heated primary race have yet to heal, 43 percent of registered Democrats polled still say they would prefer Clinton to be the party’s presidential nominee. 

That number is significantly higher than it was in early June, when 35 percent of Democrats polled said they preferred Clinton to lead the party’s presidential ticket. [emphasis mine]

Not only are people pining for Hillary and planning on staying home in November rather than cast a vote for Obama, but fewer registered Democrats say they will support Obama:

Obama won 59 percent of support from registered Democrats polled in June; now he garners 54 percent.

These numbers paint a very grim picture for Senator Obama, yet the pundits still fail to get it right. Their analysis is not just wrong, but it doesn’t gel with the numbers: 

The analysts said maybe more than four weeks is needed for many of Clinton’s most devoted supporters to move past her loss, especially considering the primary campaign stretched more than 17 months.

“Many voters find it tough to immediately switch allegiances to a candidate that they once opposed, so they find a ‘neutral’ setting more comfortable for awhile,” said Keating Holland, CNN polling director. “If that’s what is happening to the Clinton supporters who now say they plan to stay at home, Obama may have nothing to worry about. If not, there’s a big chunk of the party base that Obama won’t be able to count on in November.”

Sorry, Holland, but that’s not what the numbers indicate. Many Hillary supporters who said they would vote for Obama even before he was the presumptive nominee are now saying they won’t. Further, the number of people who would prefer Hillary to be the nominee are increasing!  These aren’t the people who would have found it hard to switch allegiances. These are the people who were willing to support Obama, but now, no doubt because of all his lies and reversals, now see no proper option in November unless Hillary is atop the ticket. The fact remains, Obama and the DNC have a lot to worry about: PUMA!



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  3. Bruce,

    I will not be clicking on your link and reading your “take on the matter.” The title seems to be “Hillary’s entrenched supporters spit in her face.”

    1) Many of us don’t believe Hillary is excited about the Unity Pony nor confident in Obama’s ability to win the GE. She doesn’t have much of a choice but to come and say she supports Obama. After all, she made a promise that she would and we respect her for that.

    2) We are Obots, we think for ourselves. Hillary has chosen her way, and we have chosen ours. We will not ignore our extreme misgivings over Obama because Hillary has asked us (under political duress) to vote for him.

    3) The people that spit in Hillary’s face were Obama, his campaign surrogates, the media, the DNC and Obama’s rabid followers. Hillary’s supporters have shown her nothing but respect and we will continue to. This nomination was stolen from her and I’m sure she understands why we will not “fall in line” and sanction the undemocratic and corrupt actions of the Party we used to respect.

    Thank you for your comment.

  4. Here’s my take on the matter:

  5. SophieL,

    Thanks for that quote from Patricia, it’s one of my favorites.

    Not only are we being told we’re hurting Hillary or that we’re Republican trolls, we’re also being called racist, which upsets me the most.

    As an African American I believe I know racism when I see it, and our discontent with Obama is not racism, it’s common sense. You are right about the stench, and it’s growing, and people are running.

  6. annfurthermore

    Back in the day, Patricia Ireland, then President of NOW, said something like, “I’m not exactly sure what being a feminist is, but everytime I exhibit behavior that differentiates me from a doormat, I get called one.”

    Similarly, I am noticing that every time I speak with integrity and principle about this primary, I get told I’m hurting Hillary or called a GOP troll.

    Fact is, there is an odor about the Obama presumptive nomination; an odor so foul that even people who don’t read blogs or aren’t political junkies can smell it. Perhaps they cannot name it, but they know it stinks.

  7. Obama is turning out to be the political poison and pollution … he is the one losing support and polluting the waters with division and flip flopping
    Hillary is not “the problem” here , far from it
    Welcome Swanspirit!

    You are absolutely correct, Obama is the problem here and he will be political poison for all elected officials who supported him. Further, his dirtying up of the political process is especially upsetting because he made all those promises about a “new politics.” Well, I don’t want any part of his “new politics” or Brazile’s “New Democratic Party.”

    Thanks for your comment 🙂


  8. Might be less supporting Obama after this gets around!
    Well you can see why, they are buddies in their other dealing that are not really on the up and up! People are losing their homes while these two are making big deal with very low interest! Just because they are senators!

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