November 3rd, 2008
08:29 AM ET
9 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. fed up republican

    Wednesday can't come quick enough!!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    November 3, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. rm

    I hope that I never see another poll analysis again. They have been a large part of what has made this election dreadful, 2nd to McCain/Palin and their negativity!!!!

    Go Obama/Biden!! Everyone please, please vote.

    November 3, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. john

    Barack Obama!!

    November 3, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  4. Anthony W Johnson

    Definitely Obama, after listening to both campaigns, Obama's community organizing paid off, He would bring us all together, Community organize us all. Mccain's nasty rhetoric has turned me completely off and Palin comes across like a racist, which is sad. Obama's judgement is in tact, while McCain's is flighty. But at the end of the day I would very much be proud to have Obama as President of our great country, Let freedom ring loud on Nov. 4 and Vote Obama!

    November 3, 2008 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  5. Gigi NY

    Despite what most people believe about John MCCain, he certainly would be a good president, even if he favors the status quo, and he certainly would be a great leader as well, the same though, cannot be said as his VP, who would only be a laughingstock for his administration and, god forbid, due to MCCain's age, a potential president, something that can only give us all goosebumps.

    November 3, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  6. Jen

    Blaising, John McCain was found guilty of NOTHING. Please get your facts straight before you post false comments.
    People, you act like the county is going to end if Obama doesn't get elected. It couldn't be further from the truth. I think both men wil do fine. I would be proud to have either man as president. John McCain is a good man, and so is Obama. I voted for McCain, but if Obama is the next president, that's fine with me. I would hope that other's would extend McCain the same courtesy. This elections has divided Americans, and hopefully, when all is said and done, we can rally around whoever gets elected.

    November 3, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  7. Val in AL

    I based my decision on how each ran their campaigns, and their poise under fire. Obama had a tough way to go with all of his obstacles against him. When McCain picked Palin and susspended his campaign, it was very clear he went "double maverick" (thanks SNL) on us and just couldn't recover. Actually, McCain's campaign has been a train wreck from the begining.

    The American people are very aware that we can not afford to get this wrong again.

    November 3, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  8. RC

    McCains experience is in negetivity and white colar criminal behavior.
    It is not country first with McCain't. It is McCain first.

    November 3, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  9. msstace


    November 3, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  10. Independent In NY

    Absolutely, positively, without a doubt, Barack Obama!!!

    November 3, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  11. marie

    I do hope the people in florida see that jeb bush is no longer in office to buy a place for the republician party. when george bush won the first time
    a good % of the south florida area DID not vote. i hope this time around they don't get sent to empty lots to vote and turned away because they had an outstanding parking ticket. I pray this is a fair election and may the best man win.

    November 3, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  12. Party Crasher

    Just think, if this is completed on Nov 4 it will send a powerful message to future elections. Division can no longer be a strategy, fear can no longer be used as a motivator. Politicians will be held to a standard of having the majority of public best interest in the forefront, not just a selected few.

    November 3, 2008 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  13. DeeH1

    Obama has proven himself cool and decisive under pressure. There is not a person who is fully ready for the White House on Day 1. But we need someone who will bring in intelligent people and be willing to work with the rest of the world for peace and prosperity. McCain has not shown he is willing to do that. I have been exremely disappointed in John McCain this election year. And then of course I have the best reason for not voting for McCain – Sarah Palin.

    November 3, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  14. AY

    If you dont vote, you can't even complain about what's going on in the country for the NEXT 8 YEARS. Please go and VOTE FOR OBAMA, he is the best for this job, he is a transformational figure. McCain said he has been tested, and I ask Mr McCain where and how?

    November 3, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  15. salem

    Senator Obama is a statesman. he is respected and admired throughout the world. We need that more than ever. We are all safer when the world feels that we have strong leadership. Obama will make an excellent president and let's hope we can ALL work together to help him to help our country see better days.

    November 3, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  16. The New Yorker

    I like to vote for McCain and the other 40-something presidents because they were white.

    November 3, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  17. angella

    I voted on Saturday! For Senator Obama, I am so excited until I cannot sleep at the thought of change,hope and diversity at the highest level. I don't make 250k a year, so I don't have to worry about him sharing my wealth-mccain and cindy however, will have to pay more taxes when he wins...that's truly what mccain is upset about!

    Angelle now in VA waiting to turn from red to blue!

    November 3, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  18. Paul Stone

    If You vote for John McWain nothing but trouble will come. He to old to behind the times to slow. Go Obama gives us hope give us peace restore America in the World.

    November 3, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  19. Randy, San Antonio

    Have any of you ever heard of fairness. Why is it CNN only has democrat responses on their blogs. Don't count McCain out yet, it isn't over until the fat lady sings.

    November 3, 2008 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  20. Tierra Wallace

    If i were able to vote, I would vote for Barack Obama because he would make a difference and change the econmic plan.

    November 3, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  21. Jan from The Netherlands

    To all Americans.
    If you believe in dignity, respecting each other, loving each other care for each other and you think there is not enough of this left in your country anymore, now you have the chance to go out to the ballot boxes and make yourself heard. If you REALLY want someting to improve, NOW is the time to DO it. I wish you wisdom in teh ballot box and a prosperous future for you and all your relatives, friends, acquaintances etc, etc.

    November 3, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  22. Indiana voter

    Obama will not unite the country, he will divide even more for the 2012 election, if not the 2010 elections. They better turn the economy around big time and have huge successes overseas, (not retreating), or the next two elections will be the Rupublicans years. The only reason why Obama will be elected is because of race. Over 95% of black people support him. They don't know why they like him, except for he is black and they will finally be represented. When has the majority of black people ever supported other candidates that much? Never. They are willing to not vote on principle, but rather because it will be the first black president. So, it is definitely about race, only the media only covers the angle of voting against him because of skin color, not voting for him because of skin color. Nobody in the news will say it, but this is definitely what is happening.

    November 3, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  23. Angel

    Experience doesn't mean anything will become can't teach an old dog new tricks so I know with McCain as President..things will stay exactly the way they are.......and I don't like it. The world needs a leader who will reach out not use the same policies that Bush had...I don't want to see America lose any more favor with the world....because our economy depends on so many thing including a good realtion ship with other countries...

    November 3, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  24. Deb Minnesota

    Barack Obama gives us a chance to come out of the dark. McCain keeps us in the dark.

    November 3, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  25. Fred NH

    As we say here in New Hampshire, the "Granite State", "Don't take anything for granite" (granted).
    Get out the Vote
    Get out and Vote

    November 3, 2008 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
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