March 31st, 2008
04:10 PM ET
6 years ago

Poll: Obama would be tougher candidate against McCain

A new poll suggests Sen. Obama would be a tougher candidate for John McCain to beat.
A new poll suggests Sen. Obama would be a tougher candidate for John McCain to beat.

(CNN)— A new poll finds a majority of Republicans and Democrats feel Sen. Barack Obama would be a tougher candidate against the presumptive Republican nominee John McCain in a potential fall match-up.

    In a Gallup poll released Monday, 59 percent of Democratic voters believe Obama has the best chance at beating John McCain. Thirty percent said Clinton was more likely to win a matchup with the Arizona senator.

    Republicans surveyed say Clinton would be the easiest to beat: 64 percent said Clinton would make a weaker fall opponent for McCain, while just 22 percent said Obama.

    The survey of 1,005 adults conducted March 24-27 has a sampling error of 4 percent.

    The discussion of which Democrat stands the strongest against John McCain has been an ongoing debate since the Republican race narrowed leaving the Arizona Senator as the Republican nominee in waiting.

    A Gallup poll released last week suggested a majority of Democrats would cast a vote for John McCain this fall if the candidate they support does not win the Democratic nomination. This is particularly true of Clinton’s supporters, one third of whom said they will vote for McCain if Obama is the Democratic nominee.

    –CNN’s Emily Sherman

    soundoff (186 Responses)
    1. Jamobama

      Bill Brown, you seemed to cherish your racist southern culture and then in the same sentence ridicule Mr. Wright?

      March 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
    2. Hayden

      Whatever, Obama is going to be apart by the Republicans in the general election.

      OBAMA CAN'T EVEN THE BIG STATES AGAINST HILLARY......why do they still think he can beat McCain in November?

      March 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
    3. Katie

      After lying about Bosnia and Ireland, I'm sure she'll be the tougher candidate against McCain. Now that's funny!!

      Obama all the way baby!

      March 31, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
    4. Hayden

      Whatever, Obama is going to be apart by the Republicans in the general election.

      OBAMA CAN'T EVEN WIN THE BIG STATES AGAINST HILLARY……why do they still think he can beat McCain in November?

      March 31, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
    5. Paul

      Leila, don't sound so mad about the Republicans having four more years if you're willing to vote for them.

      March 31, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
    6. Mary Jo in Illinois

      Maybe 22 percent of Republicans polled this way because they really want Obama to run and lose against McCain??

      March 31, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
    7. Marchion

      Obama can take care of himself just fine.

      March 31, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
    8. NJ - New York, NY

      the fact that Clinton supporters would vote McCain if Obama gets the nom. is a two-way street. Both Clinton and McCain are more attractive to both parties as opposed to Obama who appeals solely to Democrats.

      March 31, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
    9. ALBO

      As stetd by CNN on another article:

      "the former first daughter also said she doesn't think people should "vOTE FOR OR AGAINST MY MOTHER BACAUSE OF MY FATHER" .

      THERE GOES THE ARGUMENT OF HILLARYTHAT HER EXPERIENCE BASES OF WHAT SHE LEARNED FROM BILL !!

      ALBO

      March 31, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
    10. Cal

      Mrs. Clinton should run as a Independent! She would win easily in a three way race!

      March 31, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
    11. Jenny, TX

      No way, all I have heard from people around me that Obama has no chance. I do not think the poll is accurate.

      March 31, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
    12. mimi de la cruz

      HAIL TO THE MONARCHY !!!!

      I THOUGHT WE FOUGHT THE ENGLISH TO RID OURSELVES OF IT.

      TO MAKE THINGS WORSE, IT'S WORKING TERRIBLY FOR US.

      March 31, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
    13. jw, canadian,ok

      That is so much bs, Elmer Fudd could beat John McBush.

      March 31, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
    14. Jack

      Great national poll.....except we elect our Presidents state-by-state!

      Let's poll Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida.... bet you the numbers would be reversed b/c Archie Bunker Democrats don't want to vote for Obama....

      How again could this guy be elected President????

      March 31, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
    15. Wang LI

      McCain president ?
      Al Quaeda moving to Mexico, just a step closer

      March 31, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
    16. andrea benini

      Obama is whimpy, no substance to this guy all words and no actions.( He even bowls like a girl. lol) Hillary is tough, she is strong, she is just right for America, GO HILLARY!!

      March 31, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
    17. Michael Guinn- Ventura, CA

      Are you listening Hillary? Are you listening Hillary's Hate Club? Are you listening Super Delegates?

      March 31, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
    18. Talimee

      With 83% positive media coverage, I would find any less favorable number shocking. Wait until the GE.

      March 31, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
    19. andrea benini

      cnn is so biased against Hillary.

      March 31, 2008 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
    20. Hawaiian Woman

      Osama, Michelle and all their cronies cannot withstand the Pubbie hit squad to the Dems if Osama is nominated. PERIOD!!! Conservative and moderate voters will not tolerate socialistic governance and the left of the left leadership.

      March 31, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
    21. Monica

      Polls can often prove to be wrong. Either candidate will sink McCain. Hillary has worked with him and knows him longer and knows his weaknesses. If a democrat doesn't win this time around something is soooooooo wrong with that party.

      Hillary '08

      March 31, 2008 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
    22. Karen Johnson

      Obama has about $31 million in the bank, and can raise much more. If Hillary Clinton steals the nomination, Obama could and should run as an independent and drain as many votes from her as he can. For that reason alone, Clinton should quit now.

      March 31, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
    23. Mandy, California

      Actually Hillary will be too busy being involved in the political fundraising fraud case involving Peter Paul in October to be much use on the campaign trail.

      March 31, 2008 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
    24. Sharon Minnesota

      "Sen. Barack Obama would be a tougher candidate against the presumptive Republican nominee John McCain in a potential fall match-up."

      Wow, guess what? That's what the republicans want you to think. They're not dumb. Hillary 08

      March 31, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
    25. jeffrey

      Yes we can........

      Yes we believe that Obama is the best one to fight the GOP..

      Obama is the next US President....

      Go.... President Barack Obama......

      March 31, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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