Despite the calls from the pundits, surrogates and “creative class” bloggers for Obama, two new polls show strong support for the Democratic race for the nomination to continue.
The first poll from ABC News/Washington Post shows that “64 percent of Democrats in the latest poll say Clinton should remain in the race,” and “even among Obama’s supporters, 42 percent say so.”
Also noted in the ABC News/Washington Post Poll is that “85 percent of Democrats (including Democratic-leaning independents) are confident the party would come together behind Obama as the nominee — though fewer, 45 percent, are “very” confident of it.”
The ABC News/Washington Post Poll like the graph to the left from USA Today/Gallup, also shows a strong support for Clinton “as the preferred choice as Obama’s running mate, with 39 percent of Democrats saying they’d like him to pick her if he’s the nominee. That peaks at 59 percent of African-Americans, 47 percent of Clinton supporters and 42 percent of women (vs. 34 percent of men).”
In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, shows “55% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents also would like Illinois Sen. Barack Obama to choose Clinton as his running mate, although there’s notable resistance among his backers.”
CNN notes the results of USA Today/Gallup Poll and says:
The poll comes as some of Clinton’s highest profile backers increasingly suggest Obama and Clinton should team up for the general election. Speaking in New York Friday, Sen. Chuck Schumer said he at first didn’t think such a team was possible but now blives “it could be.”
“Hillary and Barack have both run very strong and great races, and I think they’d be a strong ticket together,” he said.
Rep. Charlie Rangel, who also backs Clinton, also put his support behind a joint ticket Monday. Speaking on CNN, the New York congressman said such a scenario would be “terrific,” adding “I hope it works out that way.”
I’m with Charlie Rangel. Although I would prefer Hillary Clinton as our next president, I think it would be awesome to have the two on the same ticket and I think it would be a win — win for Democrats in November.