Democrats Sharply Divided On What Superdelegates Should Do

Posted March 11, 2008 at 10:06am

Democrats believe by a bare 50 percent to 45 percent margin that superdelegates should vote for the candidate that has the most delegates after the primaries and caucuses are over, according to a Gallup poll conducted March 6-9. The margin of error is 5 percent. That’s a similar result to a Newsweek poll last week that also showed a sharp division in Democratic ranks with 43 percent saying the candidate behind in the delegate count should concede and 42 percent saying the superdelegates should choose the nominee.

The division is even more pronounced when you pit backers of Hillary Clinton against those of Barack Obama. Obama supporters say by a 64 percent to 32 percent margin that the convention should choose whomever won the most delegates in the primaries and caucuses, while Clinton supporters say by a 60 percent to 35 percent margin that superdelegates should pick the candidate who they think would make the best president. This contrast between the Clinton and Obama camps also showed up in a Gallup poll yesterday about whether Clinton and Obama should agree now on a “dream ticket.”