Skip to comments.Polls suggest mixed effects of Clinton on ticket
Posted on 06/09/2008 11:10:36 AM PDT by SmithL
WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Lots of Democrats love Hillary Rodham Clinton. Yet plenty of Republicans, conservatives and all-important independents can't stand her, suggesting possible pitfalls for Barack Obama should he make her his vice presidential running mate.
The intense dislike for Clinton suggests that besides support from women and others she could bring to the ticket, she might make it harder for Obama to win over some independents, a pivotal swing group in the November election against Republican John McCain. It also means she might push some Republicans and conservatives to vote against the Democrats or donate money to the GOP who might otherwise lack motivation to do so because of tepid feelings toward McCain.
A substantial 32 percent of independents strongly dislike Clinton, 10 points more than say so about Obama, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll. Independents, a group that both Obama and McCain won during their party primaries this year, comprised a quarter of voters in the 2004 election and have been closely contested in every presidential election since 1992.
In addition, 67 percent of Republicans have very unfavorable views of Clinton, 24 percentage points more than feel that way about Obama. Among conservatives the spread is similar 58 percent say they feel very negatively about her, 18 points more than say so about Obama.
Few conservatives and Republicans are going to vote under any circumstances for Obama, the Illinois senator who clinched the Democratic presidential nomination last week and already has advisers culling possible running mates. But both parties will be trying to discern whether putting Clinton on the ticket might in some ways backfire.
"I don't think I'd like the idea of Hillary Clinton attached to anything,"..."I'm not for a lot of the things she stands for."
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“I’m guessing Obama wouldn’t get much sleep is she was on the ticket.”
I suspect he would be sleeping in a different location every night, with one eye open to boot.
Some of Hillary’s “hard working, white American” voters will not vote for Obama, even if Hillary’s on the ticket.
And some swing voters who might have voted for Obama will not vote for the Democrat ticket is Hillary is the VP candidate.
And a lot of the disappointed radical feminist types are mad today, but will end up voting for Obama whether Hillary is on the ticket or not.
I don’t see at all how some Dems. think this is the dream ticket.
He’d also have to stay off airplanes and avoid parks.
I know some Republicans who are very afraid of this ticket.
Hillary! who ?
(Yes, it felt great!)
“In addition, 67 percent of Republicans have very unfavorable views of Clinton, 24 percentage points more than feel that way about Obama. Among conservatives the spread is similar 58 percent say they feel very negatively about her, 18 points more than say so about Obama.”
Who are these uninformed conservatives who don’t yet realize that Obama is more leftwing and dangerous than Clinton???