July 10th, 2008
06:56 AM ET
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Poll: McCain's age more of an issue than Obama's race

McCain's age could be a hindrance with some voters, a new poll suggests.

McCain's age could be a hindrance with some voters, a new poll suggests.

(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.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (181 Responses)
  1. Brian

    "The fact that Obama is someone with virtually NO experience and is on the far Left will win this one for McCain."

    Kind of reminds of you Abe Lincoln then huh?

    – Both spent time in the State Legislature (which you call NO experience)
    – Both were anti-war (Lincoln opposed the Mexican-American War, Obama the Iraq War ). The reasons almost identical.
    – Both were elected once to Washington before running for President (Lincoln for the House, Obama for Senate).

    Your right America doesn't need leaders like Lincoln and Obama as President, they need more experience! Let's change the Constitution to state that Politicians need to spend a certain amount of time as Governor or in Washington before becoming President. How many years? 4, 6, 8, 10 maybe more....... Let's limit the highest office to the "Elite" who have been the most corrupted by Politics. Who is with me???? Come on PUMA's

    July 9, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Belle

    Oh...Edward Kennedy....he better not endorse Obama, he is older than McCain....

    Col. Vaughn...well...guess he should not have climbed Mt. Vaughn at the North Pole...after all...he WAS 89!

    July 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. rick

    the simple fact is that republicans don't deserve a third term. they have failed at taking care of their own nation. it's disgusting how they have abandoned New Orleans, DISGUSTING and UNAMERICAN. Cheney and Rumsfield did succeed at what their true agenda was to invade Iraq and cut taxes for the rich. vote for John McCain at your own peril, just disgusting.

    July 9, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  4. RJ, CA

    FYI, Ted Kennedy is 76, John McCain is 72. And everyone wants Ted back in the Senate - some hypocrisy at play here? The reality is that age brings the wisdom and experience attainable only from living a full life. Really smart people understand that. Really stupid people - like the ultra liberal Democratic nut jobs - don’t.

    July 9, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    Old is gold. Young and reckless. Which do you prefer?

    July 9, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  6. babylon

    when it comes down to it age does matter alot of people in elderly homes with alzheimer' are younger than mc cain only a matter of time before he loses his mind

    July 9, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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