September 23, 2008
"It has not been an easy transition from the primary campaign to the general election and the Clinton supporters are still not happy yet with Barack Obama," said Cordel Faulk of the UVa Center for Politics.
That's evident in a new Associated Press and Yahoo news poll with virtually no change among Clinton supporters who decided to support Barack Obama after clinton ended her presidential bid.
"It's odd because they do agree with him on the issues," said Faulk.
But those polled say it's not the issues that are holding them back from supporting Obama, it's his measure as as a candidate. Clinton supporters finding him less likable, honest, and experienced, saying they have a better view of John McCain.
"The problem for Barack Obama is if Republicans were going to nominate a candidate that would appeal to Clinton's core voters it was John McCain," said Faulk.
The numbers show that Obama has improved his image among Clinton supporters, 69% now view him favorably, that's up nine points since June.
But it hasn't translated in to support for the candidate, experts saying they believe that McCain's choice of Sarah Palin has caused many Clinton supporters to stop and think about which campaign they really want to support. A problem they say Obama could have easily avoided.
"The best way to have done that would have been to put Hillary Clinton on the ticket, Barack Obama would not be having the problem that he's having right now if he had put Hillary Clinton on the ticket," said Faulk.
Faulk says that he thinks many of these Clinton supporters will most likely vote for Obama come election day but he says that the debates will be critical if Obama hopes to keep Clinton Democrats in his column.