Clinton Supporters Favor A “Dream Ticket,” But Obama Backers Do Not
Most supporters of Hillary Clinton would like to see a “dream ticket” of her and Barack Obama, while the majority of Obama supporters opposed the idea, according to a Gallup poll conducted March 6-9.
The exact question posed to Democratic voters was: “Which would you, personally, favor – Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama getting together immediately to settle on a joint ticket where one is the presidential nominee and the other the vice presidential nominee (or) Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continuing to campaign against each other for the Democratic presidential nomination?
Clinton supporters favored the joint ticket approach by 59 percent to 39 percent while Obama supporters wanted to fight on by a 52 percent to 45 percent margin. Among all Democrats, 51 percent favored a joint ticket and 45 percent opposed it. Gallup speculates that one reason Clinton supporters may be more favorable to the idea is the fear she will lose if the campaign goes on, although 71 percent of Clinton backers say they believe she will win (compared to 83 percent of those behind Obama).
Obama himself made it clear today that he’s not much enamored of the idea. “I’ve won twice as many states as Senator Clinton. I’ve won more of the popular vote than Senator Clinton,” he said while campaigning in Mississippi. “I have more delegates than Senator Clinton. So I don’t know how somebody who’s in second place is offering the vice presidency to someone who’s in first place,”