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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:26 PM
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Poll: Most Clinton supporters back Obama
Edited on Thu Jun-26-08 01:34 PM by Breeze54
Poll: Most Clinton supporters back Obama

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AP_YAHOO_POLL_CL...

Jun 26, 1:31 PM EDT

By NEDRA PICKLER
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) --

Barack Obama has won over more than half of Hillary Rodham Clinton's former supporters, according to an Associated Press-Yahoo News poll that finds party loyalty trumping hard feelings less than three weeks after their bruising Democratic presidential contest ended.

The poll suggests time is beginning to heal some rifts from the primary campaign and that the New York senator's endorsement of Obama carried weight. The poll was taken in the days after Clinton suspended her campaign and said she was supporting her rival.


Obama's progress with Clinton supporters is marked, yet far from complete. More than one in five who had backed the New York senator now plan to support Republican John McCain in the fall, a boost for McCain if those opinions hold.

"We still have work to do," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe told reporters in a strategy briefing. "Democrats are consolidating behind the nominee as the choice in the election is more clear and as the contest fades. Time is our friend here."

Obama's outreach to Clinton supporters picks up this week. Clinton planned to introduce Obama to her financial backers Thursday night in Washington, and the two will campaign together for the first time Friday in New Hampshire.

"I want her campaigning as much as she can," Obama told reporters Wednesday. "She was a terrific campaigner. She, I think, inspired millions of people, and so she can be an extraordinarily effective surrogate for me and the values and ideals we share as Democrats."

The Obama campaign also has encouraged supporters to host "United for Change" house meetings with supporters of Clinton and other candidates on Saturday. The campaign says over 3,000 are being planned across all 50 states.

The AP-Yahoo News poll, conducted by Knowledge Networks, is part of an ongoing study that tracks the attitudes and opinions of a scientifically selected group of more than 2,000 Americans to see how their political views evolve over the course of the campaign.

The poll found 53 percent of the Democrats who favored Clinton for the nomination two months ago now back Obama for president. That's an improvement from April, when only 40 percent of Clinton supporters said they would back Obama over McCain.

"It wasn't a difficult decision - I was a lifelong Democrat," said 55-year-old Susan Gates of Massachusetts, a former Clinton backer now firmly in Obama's camp.

Gregory Scheetz, 56, of Barstow, Calif., said he wanted Clinton to win because of her experience, her intelligence and because it's time to have a woman in the White House. But he said he moved to Obama after Clinton endorsed him on June 7, even though he's a registered Republican.

"I feel that he can bring change," he said. "There's people in our country that I see need help. They're slow about getting it, and it just seems that Republicans are taking a different direction."


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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:30 PM
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1. I'll be attending a Unity party this weekend at the home of a Clinton delegate...
Edited on Thu Jun-26-08 01:30 PM by polichick
...that's a good sign!
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:31 PM
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2. That's so cool!! WooHoo!! I hear they have great parties too!
:hi:
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:35 PM
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3. 3,000 'United for Change' house parties this Saturday all across the USA!
Edited on Thu Jun-26-08 01:35 PM by Breeze54
:wow:

That's a lot of partying!!!! :woohoo:

:toast:

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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:40 PM
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6. I have two back-to-back, and declined two more invites - CRAZY!!!
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:43 PM
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8. I wish I could go to one but
my son, whom I haven't laid eyes on in two years, since he got back from Iraq, is coming HOME Friday night!!!!

:D

I'm so excited and have been cleaning the house like crazy!! I'll have to catch the next party!! ;)

:toast:

Please post about what happened afterwards on Saturday, will you?

Thanks!! :hi:

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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:47 PM
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10. Wow - your weekend is going to be WONDERFUL...
Bless you and your son ~ and give him some hugs and kisses for us!!!
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:50 PM
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11. He'll be here for Ten days!!! He and his girlfriend flying in late Fri. night!
I can't wait!! :D

She's never seen the mountains or the ocean, so this should be fun! :D

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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 02:04 PM
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12. Have a GREAT time!!!
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:35 PM
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4. This number will increase to about 90-95% just before Election Day.
Most Clinton supporters are Democrats or astute voters who realize there wasn't a lot of difference between Clinton and Obama on the issues.

Nice to see that nobody is being influenced by the dead-enders and Harriet Christians in this country.
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:36 PM
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5. I hope you're right!
Still have a ways to go.... ;)
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LiberalFighter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:41 PM
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7. 3 weeks is a short period of time.
I seriously doubt that many Clinton supporters will vote for McCain. And those that do will be more than offset by Republicans turning on McCain.
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Breeze54 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-26-08 01:44 PM
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9. Yeah it is but apparently long enough to calm down.
I was upset after Kucincih dropped out/was forced out and miffed for a few weeks myself.

But I'm better. We have to beat the GOP and that is my goal! Always was!! ;)
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