According to a CNN poll, Barack Obama is losing support of Democrats rather than gaining them since his “unity” meeting with Hillary Clinton. Obama’s support from registered Democrats has dropped from 59% to 54%. As Q and O states, “Unity” is more than a town in New Hampshire. How is it possible that the messiah of the Democratic party is now managing to lose Democrats rather than heal the party after an often-bitter primary.
A growing number of Clinton supporters polled say they may stay home in November instead of casting their ballot for Obama, an indication the party has yet to coalesce around the Illinois senator four weeks after the most prolonged and at times divisive primary race in modern American history came to a close.
According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Friday, the number of Clinton supporters who plan to defect to Republican Sen. John McCain’s camp is down from one month ago, but — in what could be an ominous sign for Obama as he seeks to unify the party — the number of them who say they plan to vote for Obama is also down, and a growing number say they may not vote at all.
In a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey completed in early June before the New York senator ended her White House bid, 60 percent of Clinton backers polled said they planned on voting for Obama. In the latest poll, that number has dropped to 54 percent.
No Quarter points out another starting aspect of the CNN poll, the fact that many Democrats still would prefer her to be the nominee over Barack Obama. The Democratic race for the nominee to be President between Hillary and Obama was not a political primary, but more one of a bitter, emotional divorce primary. Those emotions can explain much when it comes to Hillary supporters not backing Obama, now or ever.
In another sign the wounds of the heated primary race have yet to heal, 43 percent of registered Democrats polled still say they would prefer Clinton to be the party’s presidential nominee. Watch why Clinton supporters are struggling with supporting Obama »
That number is significantly higher than it was in early June, when 35 percent of Democrats polled said they preferred Clinton to lead the party’s presidential ticket. …
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