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Still Struggling with Hillaryites

Posted by demkid on September 23, 2008

This is disturbing.  Even though Hillary said today that she has “no doubt” Obama will win in November, her supporters are still not entirely comfortable with the Senator from Illinois.  Obama has made absolutely no in-roads into those who voted for Hillary in the primaries…just 58% support him, the same level as in June.  McCain’s support from Hillary voters has actually gone up to 28%.  Even though this poll is somewhat of an outlier, I don’t think it can be ignored.

For me, the most significant part of the AP-Yahoo! News poll is why support from Hillaryites remains relatively low.  “[Her supporters] find Obama less likable, honest, experienced, and inspiring than Democrats overall do, and have a better view of McCain.”  Also interesting is that while the Sarah Palin choice doesn’t seem to have a net impact on who Clinton voters support, the Biden choice similarly shows little positive or negative movement. 

As someone who voted for Hillary in the primary, the choice for me is simple.  While I obviously don’t think Obama is the strongest candidate the Democratic Party could have put forth, voting for the McCain-Palin ticket would be pure lunacy.  Even though I care most about the issues, this poll demonstrates that a big chunk of voters could really care less about issues, and are swayed more by personality, experience, etc.  Starting Friday, Senator Obama will have his chance to connect with Hillary voters who haven’t made up their minds yet.  More importantly, he’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate to those who have jumped ship to McCain why he’s more likable and inspiring than the man standing across the stage from him.  While Senator Clinton has no doubts about Senator Obama’s chances, the community organizer from Chicago still has some work to do to erase the lingering doubts in this Hillaryite’s mind.

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