(CNN) - John McCain may be hindered more by his age than Barack Obama will be by his race as the two men vie for the White House, a new USA Today/Gallup poll suggests.
According to the new poll, 23 percent of Americans say McCain's age - he'll turn 72 next month - is likely to make him a less effective president were he to win the White House. That compares to only 8 percent who said Obama's race would make him a less effective president.
Overall, more than 8 in 10 Americans said Obama's race would make no difference in his effectiveness in the White House while 65 percent said the same about McCain's age.
Meanwhile, 9 percent of Americans said Obama's race would likely make him a more effective president, while 11 percent said McCain is made more effective by his age.
Watch: The impact of age and race
McCain, who would be the oldest first term president should he win in November, often seeks to make light of the issue while on the campaign trail.
"I'm older than dirt, more scars than Frankenstein, but I learned a few things along the way," he often says.