Clinton's Negatives at Record High

Contrary to the thinking of some officials in the Democratic Party, most rank-and-file Democrats do not think the long battle between Obama and Clinton will hurt their party's chances in the general election fight against presumptive Republican nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., this November.

Democratic Race Goes Negative

"I think we're stronger than that and I think, ultimately, everybody will come together in the end," said Madonna Tatano of Washington, Pa.

"I think it's fun, I'm enjoying it, it's really interesting," said Beth Dropkin of Ohio.

More Democrats than ever, however — 41 percent — say the race is mostly negative, and those voters blame Clinton for the race's negativity by a nearly 4-to-1 ratio.

"I blame Hillary," said Carrie Jacobson of Wynnewood, Pa. "She's looking for anything she can to sling mud at Obama — any little thing."

John Taylorings, a Pennsylvania college student, argued Clinton started going negative with her television ad questioning which candidate voters would rather have as president if a 3 a.m. phone call came in to the White House.

"I think it's all a bunch of shenanigans," Taylorings said.

As the Democratic battle continues on into spring, half of Democrats now say their candidates are "arguing about things that really aren't that important," instead of real issues.

"Their stance between the two of them is so similar that it's come to that little nitpicking of things that don't really matter," said Justin Howe, a New Jersey painter.

Caren Zucker, Richard Coolidge and Alison Kartevold contributed to this report.

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