Clinton a Big Downer for Non-Democrats

Posted June 9, 2008 at 2:56pm

This poll has a little rust on it in terms of when it was conducted, but an Associated Press-Yahoo survey says that while several polls have shown a large number of Democrats who want to see Hillary Clinton as Barack Obama’s running-mate, she’d be a distinct downer for a lot of Republicans, conservatives and independents in a general election contest. The poll was conducted April 2-June2 although most of the sampling happened in April before Clinton dropped out. The margin of error is 2.1 percent.

Thirty-two percent of independents strongly dislike Clinton, a figure 10 points higher than for Obama. Sixty-seven percent of Republicans feel the same way, 24 points more than for Obama. Fifty-eight percent of conservatives strongly dislike her, 18 points more than for Obama. (Of course, it’s not likely that many Republicans and conservatives would vote for Obama anyway). On the other hand, AP-Yahoo says is viewed significantly more favorably than Obama by many white Democrats, Hispanics and Catholics.

Gallup said today that Democrats favor Clinton on the ticket by 53 percent to 36 percent and that she would add 3 points to Obama’s current 48 percent to 42 percent lead over McCain. A CNN/Opinion Research poll released Friday also said Clinton would add 3 points, but that depended on a hypothetical match-up between Obama-Clinton and McCain-Mitt Romney.