Democrats are agreed that Florida and Michigan should be represented at this summer’s convention, but they differ on how to accomplish that, according to a Gallup poll conducted March 6-9. The two states were stripped of their delegates after they moved up the dates of their primaries in violation of party rules. Fifty-five percent of Democrats would like to see resolution that restores delegates to both states. A quarter favor a compromise that would honor the results of the January primaries, 27 percent favor holding a new caucus or primary in each state, 3 percent favor a compromise but did not specify what kind, and 23 percent said the two states should not be allowed to participate.
Hillary Clinton outpolled Barack Obama in Florida 55 percent to 33 percent and took 55 percent of the vote in Michigan. However, most of the candidates, including Obama, took their names off the ballot in Michigan, and while they were all on the ballot in Florida, Clinton made a last-minute trip to the state although the candidates had agreed not to campaign there.
Gallup also had a poll today on sharp divisions among the Democrats about the role of the superdelegates, another wild card in the convention equation.
Gallup’s daily tracking poll, conducted March 8-10, had Obama narrowly ahead of Clinton 48 percent to 45 percent, with a 3 point margin of error.