West Virginia Dems Say Clinton More Honest Than Obama

By Terence P. Jeffrey | July 7, 2008 | 8:33 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - A majority of voters in Tuesday's Democratic primary in West Virginia considered Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) "honest and trustworthy," but not Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), according to a network exit poll.

Clinton won a landslide in the actual primary voting in West Virginia, defeating Obama by about 40 points, just as the polls predicted.

Almost one in five (19 percent) West Virginia Democratic primary voters, meanwhile, said neither of the Democratic candidates was honest and trustworthy. Among those skeptics, Clinton defeated Obama, 55-21 percent.

When asked by the exit poll whether Clinton was honest and trustworthy, 63 percent said yes and 35 percent said no. When asked whether Obama was honest and trustworthy, only 45 percent said yes and 53 percent said no. (See West Virginia exit poll)

In exit polls in some earlier primaries, Obama had bested Clinton in the "honest and trustworthy" category.

In the January 8 New Hampshire primary, for example, where Clinton defeated Obama 39-37 percent in the actual vote, Obama nonetheless placed first in the "honest and trustworthy" contest. Thirty percent of Democratic primary voters in that state said the Illinois senator was the "most honest and trustworthy" candidate, while 27 percent said it was Clinton.

Former Sen. John Edwards placed third for "most honest and trustworthy" in the New Hampshire exit poll with 21 percent, and Rep. Dennis Kucinich placed a distant fourth with 8 percent. (See New Hampshire exit poll)

In Pennsylvania, which borders West Virginia, Clinton won the April 22 primary, 55-45 percent. However, a higher percentage of Pennsylvania Democratic primary voters deemed Obama "honest and trustworthy" (67 percent) than deemed Clinton so (58 percent). (See Pennsylvania exit poll)

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