Why Conservatives prefer Hillary Clinton over Barak Obama

The closing text of this post is from “CBS News Political Consultant Samuel Best who analyzed the Super Tuesday performance of Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.”

Yes, as the talking heads have been saying for months Hillary has more baggage than Obama and her unfavorable ratings are very high. Having Hillary Clinton on the November Ballot will surely get Republicans into the polling booths.

We must take a closer look at what the self proclaimed “agent of change” IL Senator Barack Obama has accomplished in these initial primaries. And I will not use color in making my case. He has motivated the voters born between 1980 to 1995, also known as Generation Y, to register and be part of the political process. (See the CBS data which follows below.)

If Hillary’s machine crown’s her at the DNC Convention my guess is that it will turn off many of the Generation Y voters who will feel cheated and stay home on Nov 4th. Being bombarded by liberal professors in our schools of higher education my guess is that until they have some life experiences many of this group will start out in the Democratic camp. These are the voters who are flocking to Obama over Hillary in great numbers.

What is our side doing? Well, Ron Paul has energized the same age group but, without Ron having any possibility of a major upset, may come to the same conclusion. Our job is to bring them into our tent and make sure that they work in the campaign. Winning the party nomination and getting the “grass roots” out in the streets are two different tasks requiring a great deal of skill and encouragement. Many voters are very cynical and rightly so. Candidates tell us what we want to hear and over time disappoint us. If he prevails, Senator John McCain will have a huge uphill challenge.
Obama Energizes Young Voters

Obama decisively won voters under 30 years of age. Nationwide, Obama won 56 percent of young voters, while Clinton was supported by 42 percent. Young men supported Obama by a margin of 64 -33 percent over Clinton, while young women supported Obama by 53-45 percent. The margins were similar among young people who attended college and those who did not.

Young people proved to be particularly crucial to Obama’s victory in Connecticut. Obama won voters under 30 years of age by 19 points, receiving the support of 58 percent of this age group, compared to 39 percent who supported Clinton.

The Elderly Support Clinton

Clinton once again performed well among elderly voters, who comprised 28 percent of the Super Tuesday primary electorate. Clinton was supported by 56 percent of voters 60 years of age and older, whereas Obama was supported by 35 percent. Support was similar by gender, with Clinton leading Obama among elderly women voters 59 percent to 34 percent, and among elderly men 53 percent to 38 percent.

Elderly voters powered Clinton’s victories in several key states. In Oklahoma, where Clinton won by more than 20 points, elderly voters comprised 42 percent of the electorate. Clinton won this group by nearly a three-to-one margin, securing 64 percent of their votes compared to 23 percent for Obama.

Those are my thoughts. I would appreciate your comments on this assessment.

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