Gallup: Democrats Will Abandon If Their Candidate Loses

The new poll coming from Gallup shows that Democrats will be none too keen if their candidate loses. That is, many Obama supporters will head to McCain if Clinton becomes the nominee, and vice-versa. In fact, the numbers are higher for Clinton supporters heading to McCain if Obama becomes the nominee.

Here’s the graphic from Gallup:

The report from Gallup:

PRINCETON, NJ — A sizable proportion of Democrats would vote for John McCain next November if he is matched against the candidate they do not support for the Democratic nomination. This is particularly true for Hillary Clinton supporters, more than a quarter of whom currently say they would vote for McCain if Barack Obama is the Democratic nominee.

These conclusions are based on an analysis of Democratic voters’ responses to separate voting questions in March 7-22 Gallup Poll Daily election tracking. In each day’s survey, respondents are asked for their general election preferences in McCain-Clinton and McCain-Obama pairings. Democratic voters are then asked whom they support for their party’s nomination.

The accompanying graph displays the results of the relationship between support for the Democratic Party’s nomination and the general election vote between Obama and McCain.

And some more graphics: