March 18th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
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Poll: Major differences in candidates' qualities

 A new poll shows a majority of Americans say Barack Obama will bring about change.
A new poll shows a majority of Americans say Barack Obama will bring about change.

(CNN) - While all three presidential candidates are locked in a dead heat in potential matchups, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll suggests voters see major differences in each of their personal qualities.

When it comes to bringing about change, a majority of Americans - 56 percent - say Sen. Barack Obama will be able to achieve that task; 49 percent say the same for Sen. Hillary Clinton; and 39 percent say that for Sen. John McCain.

Survey respondents also ranked the Illinois senator highest - 65 percent - when asked who would work with both parties to get things done, compared with 56 percent who say McCain would and 52 percent who say Clinton would.

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  1. WAKE UP CALL

    Obama's speech today proved he is JUST WORDS not change.

    He has been taunting his JUDGMENT as a reason to vote for him. I find his judgment lacking. Let him keep Rev. Wright and I will keep Hillary.

    March 18, 2008 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. fair tax in la.

    vote-McCAIN!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  3. Bill, Covington

    Have those 56% for Barak and 49% for Hillary ever asked what kind of change they are going to give us or are they just going to accept what ever the winner decides is in our best interest.
    Be carefull what you wish for, remember the throngs that used to wave, bow down, cheer and crowd in to listen to Adolph Hitler. to late they wished they had asked for clarification.

    March 18, 2008 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  4. Great historic speech

    The speech by Senator Obama should have come of no surprise to people that he would have been so bold, so brave had to tackle a sensitive subject like race and in such a manner...Are we forgetting that this is a guy that opposed and spoke out against the Iraq war when it was popular and favoured??...This guy have a great character and shows his great ability to lead and be honest with the people....Love you Senator Obama, you truly touched me today, thanks for the speech.

    Cnn please post this comment

    March 18, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Sabrina, Las Vegas, NV

    I think Obama has a better chance of unifying the country, than Clinton.
    Despite, the Rev. Wright controversy, I think Obama will bring the country together.

    March 18, 2008 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  6. Becky in In.

    All I hear is Clinton will do anything to win!! Well so would Barack!

    March 18, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  7. Samuel Randrup

    Is that the understatement of a lifetime???That is like saying the nuclear bomb released perfume. There has never been this big of a difference or a choice between two candidates in American history.Thank God we still have free elections and the right to choose who we want.I hope we never become deprived of that!

    March 18, 2008 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  8. Samuel Randrup

    What I mean by a nuclear bomb releasing perfume.This years primaries have become a disaster.I wish we could have only used perfume to stop world war 2.It took much more then that.I think we will all suffer because of all of this negative and racial divide for a long time.

    March 18, 2008 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  9. nancy shaw

    The most important message in Barack Obama's speech is hate the sin love the sinner as a child of Gods he is commanded to do this and guess what so is each and everyone of us.

    March 18, 2008 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. Jake

    I used to be pretty attentive to the democratic race... however, ever since things have become a heated race between Barack and Hillary, hate suddenly started spewing out of each supporters.

    It just sickens me to see the hatred people write in response to these articles. It has turned into a race of hatred and I have lost interest. If people could just open their eyes and see that BOTH candidates have proven worth of the spot. I honestly don’t care who wins anymore. Just stop the hate!

    March 18, 2008 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  11. Allen Moser

    Millions of people including myself would like to here Barack Obama's speech that he prepaired himself until 2:00 AM in the morning. All CNN shows are segments of his speech. Thankyou very much. Can you air it before 12:00 AM in the morning. Thanks again. This preacher did the same thing with John F Kennedy. Allen Moser.

    March 18, 2008 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. Ben

    Get real department....all politicians have speech writers. Who wrote this one for Obama?? Several years ago somebody named Aesop wrote about a fable concerning storks and cranes and being known by the company you keep. Do Americans really want either basher confronting international leaders at the level we have seen in the Democratic race (bad word...confrontation)?

    March 18, 2008 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  13. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Those numbers are groundless. Hillary is way better than male candidates. Obama is a segregationist (92% black voted Obama), he listened Wright's Anti-white sermon over 20 years, Oprah is his team, most of black journalists, or guests on TV are Obama's side and twist the story for Obama's benefit also they never speak the truth. I was shocked by Black people, especially Donna and Martin are obvious. Donna said she quit Democrat if superdelegate decide the nominee, I am looking forward what Donna say end of the Primary election because Hillary will win rest of States, then she will have more delegates. Donna, I don't want to hear that you bring another excuse for Obama from same mouth.

    March 18, 2008 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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