November 3rd, 2008
08:29 AM ET
5 years ago

Poll: Who would voters be prouder to have as president?

(CNN) - Coming into the home stretch, voters’ views of Barack Obama and John McCain seem relatively locked in place, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday.

With just one full day of campaigning left, 59 percent of voters feel Obama is someone who can bring change; roughly the same number say McCain is not. Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed think McCain has the right experience to be president, but voters remain less certain about Obama: Half the country says the Illinois senator has the experience he’d need in the Oval Office, and nearly the same number do not.

Working in Obama’s favor is the perception that he is as strong a leader as McCain: the two are essentially tied, at 64 and 62 percent.

And Obama seems to have an edge on the question of which candidate cares about people: Two-thirds of those polled believe Obama cares about people like them. Fifty-four percent say the same of McCain.

No matter which candidate comes out on top, a majority of voters say they’ll be proud of their new Commander-in-chief: Sixty percent of registered voters surveyed say they would be proud to have Obama as president, and 54 percent feel that way about McCain.

The survey was based on telephone interviews with 1,017 adult Americans, including 950 registered voters and 716 likely voters, conducted October 30-November 1, 2008. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • CNN • John McCain
soundoff (628 Responses)
  1. MW

    Obama every time

    November 3, 2008 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  2. CB2

    Question!!!! Where are Sarah Palin's medical records. Let's talk about that. What is she hiding. Voters would be proud to see her transparency for once and for all!!!!

    November 3, 2008 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  3. Pacy from N.Y

    Obama , no question about it

    I've lost my respect for McCain

    November 3, 2008 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  4. voice for obama

    obama is over the top

    November 3, 2008 05:44 am at 5:44 am |
  5. Elizabeth in Seattle

    OBAMA

    November 3, 2008 05:52 am at 5:52 am |
  6. Bill Stapp

    To me, the team of Obama and Biden seem more presidential in the way they handle themselves.

    McCain and Palin seem more like they are trying to be like Joe the Plumber.

    I want our elected officials to be able to "walk with Kings, nor lose the common touch." If we cannot present America with poise on the world stage, then we should not be surprised if the world thinks that America is a little eccentric.

    November 3, 2008 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  7. GlobalCitizen

    I am not a voter. One thing I know though, is the world all over will respect and admire America again if Obama becomes President. THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL FOR ALL TO SEE.

    November 3, 2008 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  8. John Doe

    That must be the reason you don't even put his name anymore on campaign material used at some of your rallies and are now talking about 2012, eh? I thought you said Country First, but it turns out it was always Me First after all.

    Let me give you a history lesson, woman. Samuel A. Maverick was a 19th century Texas rancher who refused to brand his calves. I don't think you understand what you signed up for. Or maybe you do, but your husband doesn't. Or maybe you both do and he doesn't care. Who knows. Who cares. :)

    November 3, 2008 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  9. Hans Henrik Clemensen

    Here in Denmark 85 % of the population would elect Obama, a recent poll shows. And why ? Because it will be a symbol of a new time, a relief, a sort of being set free after 8 years under siege of a politic where the lowest instincts of man has been in focus. So – dear America – please : if you love the world, set us free. Elect Obama.!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  10. Ryan, Florida

    "Sixty percent of registered voters surveyed say they would be proud to have Obama as president, and 54 percent feel that way about McCain."

    Well I think we can make a fair comparison on who is the uniter the country needs....and who be the divider the country does not need..
    The only way this country is to move forward is to elect Barack Obama as the next President.

    November 3, 2008 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  11. carson

    Obama will win tomorrow

    November 3, 2008 05:56 am at 5:56 am |
  12. Catie

    I would be proud to have anyone with morals and integrity in office. I have met many an educated people who have no common sense at all. I have met educated people who have no morals. I would rather have someone a little less educated with high morals and integrity and who can relate and cooperate with many than a very educated who leans so far to one side that they can not relate to the whole.

    November 3, 2008 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  13. Charlie in Maine

    Things are about to get better. Either 10% better with McCain or 1000% better with Obama. The reason we've been thinking about this election for so long is simple. The more we think about who will be president the less we have to think about the guy who is president.

    I would be prou to have Obama. I would also be proud to have the
    McCain from the year 2000. I don't recognize that mean old guy the Rovians have replced him with.

    November 3, 2008 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  14. Shannon

    It certainly wouldn't be Obama, with his vote for FISA and his vote for the Cheney Energy bill, those are two votes a true Democrat wouldn't have supported. Shame on Obama, and shame on Democrats for picking this man, the party wanted him to win and they manipulated the process, don't count the votes in MI and FL until he has the nomination.....that's called cheating. Taking back your pledge to take public financing would be called lying. That's what we are getting.

    November 3, 2008 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  15. Electra

    Experience doesnt matters, no candidate has the experience to be president, only those who have been there have that experience. Bill Clinton had no real experience just a young governor and he was great- Dubya was governor of Texas and well you know what happened there! It can go either way. What matters is how they have conducted themselves during their campaigns, who has shown better judgement, decision making and integrity, and this hints to the tone of their presidency, and Obama wins hands down- he has stood tall no matter what has been thrown at him by McCain and Palin and never taken the low road. McCain has sold his soul to repub machine and Palin has spewed nothing but c**p and had already been found guilty of abusing her power- god only knows what'll happen if shes in the white house

    November 3, 2008 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  16. Christiane, Germany

    Go Obama

    November 3, 2008 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  17. mary

    Barack the vote

    November 3, 2008 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  18. Marie

    I will be honored to have Obama as president,He want people to come together .We need someone that is going to positive and true to the american people.Palin scares me being a heartbeat from the president.She took a call yesterday from two comedians yesterday and talked for seven minutes thinking she was talking to the president of France.She also talk too much about division when she refers to some parts of america as unamerican some parts unpatriotic and then there's the abuse of her power in Alaska .I love what Obama is going to do to help the american people on education,health care,the war in iraq and yes the taxes,Rick Davis MccCain's campaign manager lobbied and was still getting 15,000 a month up until July this year but then there are americans that are losing their jobs,homes,cars and health It's time for us to get a break from the same weatlthy people on wall street that have caused this economic disaster.Bill Clinton did it with taxes and so can Obama

    November 3, 2008 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  19. GlobalCitizen

    Didn't someone tell McCain that he scares off people with his "fight! fight! fight!" rhetoric. Or can someone wake him up and tell him that the Vietnam war is way over,

    November 3, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  20. ***No longer lost in the fog***

    Listen...make the sacrifice to stand in line and get YOUR vote counted! What's a couple of hours compared to 4 more years of Bush Rule? It is a right not many people have and people should be PROUD they have that right. No matter who you are voting for, DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED! Get out and vote like the rest of the American people! Hopefully, this will all be over within 48 hours!...
    I'm Bob the Voter and I approve this message.

    November 3, 2008 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  21. williefloyd

    I could be very proud of Obama/Biden. McCain, however, would make me want to hang my head in shame that we, as Americans, would show the rest of the world just how stupid we are to have elected him.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    November 3, 2008 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  22. Mark

    Hillary Clinton, of course! But, I'll settle for second runner up, Obama. McCain doesn't even get the congeniality award... & Palin ought to be tossed out of the pageant for rude & selfish behavior.

    November 3, 2008 06:08 am at 6:08 am |
  23. Larry W.

    I believe Obama is for the middle upper income people, than McCain. McCain is and always will be for the wealthy upper income people. We need Obama who knows what it is like to be in lower and middle income people.

    November 3, 2008 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  24. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    "For the first time in my adult life ..."

    November 3, 2008 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  25. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    What a change it will be to have a president that is well educated, thoughtful, hard-working, intelligent and well spoken and calm.

    President Obama.

    November 3, 2008 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
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