November 3rd, 2008
08:29 AM ET
10 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. MelindaNC

    I will be more than honored to call Sen. Barack Obama my president. Not only my pesident...but our president. I believe that you do not aquire the experience of any job until you are actually doing that job. As far as being smart enough, brave enough and focused on the task at hand...Sen. Barack Obama has proven that time and time again. I am not going to slam McCain & my opinion they have slammed thereselves by the way they have run there campaign. I aplaud the Obama campaign for staying focused on what is trully important to americans. I will however say...I have been dissapointed by the negative ads on both sides of the fence, but remembering the true negativity didn't strart until a certian govenor stated that someone was "palling around with terrorist". Which couldn't be fearther from the truth. Once again, if people want to stay focused on peoples experience...what experience does Gov. Sarah Palin bring to the table??? Other than the fact that she has a lot of experience in being a 'bully and vendictive" there is no room in my or anyone elses government for that. Nov. 4th is less than 24 hours away...let's make that "CHANGE"....BARACK the VOTE (OBAMA / BIDEN). The only true change makers.

    November 3, 2008 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  2. KD

    Well said Electra.

    Obama will bring people together, restore our standing and honor in the world, restore americans self-repect. McCain and Palin has done nothing but try and tear this country apart. They try and tie Obama to radicals but the people at their rallies are the most fringe radicals that have been seen in a long time not to mention they have ties to radicals and sessionists. They try and say that he has no experience and will be tested, well every president is tested, and if McCain/Palin were to win they will be tested too. The negativety of their campaign is beyond belief. Everyone should go to to get the real facts and VOTE VOTE VOTE,

    November 3, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. Joe

    Please Don't Vote For A Sleeper Cell.

    November 3, 2008 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  4. Fearful Citizen

    Just remember, you guys have made your have to lay in them..

    November 3, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  5. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    Obama electoral vote 360 to 390 and that is allowing for Republican cheating.

    November 3, 2008 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  6. Dixie AZ

    Remember the Keating 5. Remember ethics charges against Palin. Do you relate to someone who wears 12,000k suits? Do you relate to a woman who choses to have a baby with Downs syndrome (I believe that is her right), but wants to deny you your choice? Do you want to continue the Bush policies? Do you like dirty campaigns? Do you approve of a woman who has stolen drugs from a charity and went unpunished? Will she make a good first lady? OK, I'M DONE WITH MY DIRTY COMPAIGNING. VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN FOR CLEAN REFRESHING CHANGE.

    November 3, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  7. Vigla

    Electing Obama would be an enormous sense of pride for this country, where only 40 years ago this could never have happened.

    The entire WORLD is waitiing for us to do the right thing...and that is elect Barack Obama President of the US. Please, get out tomorrow and VOTE! This is the biggest election in a generation! We need a great leader in these difficult times. McCain may be a good man but he just doesn't fit the bill. He's the wrong person for the job.

    November 3, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  8. Ant

    Yea higher taxes leading to higher unemployment reaching depresion levels and complete economic colapse! Yea global surrender leading to the US being seen globally as militarily weak leading to... MORE WAR!!! MAYBE EVEN ON OUR OWN SOIL!!! YEA!!! A president who's own vp acknowledges just by being elected will give the go signal to every terrorist and petty dictator in the world to Attack us while he's trying to make appointments to negotialte our complete surrender!

    Yea your all voiting for a guy based on the color of his skin (black), that makes you all so progressive and moral... obviously anyone who doesn't vote for Obama must be a racist right!!!! right!!!

    holy god this country is in trouble...

    November 3, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  9. Annie

    My vote has been cast for "BARACK OBAMA"! I believe he will is the best choice for President. He has shown to be a man of intergrity, character, meekness, gentleness, love for all the people, longsuffering(with all nasty politics of McCain campaign); faithful(he has been faithful in community service to the people).

    Go Barack!!!!

    November 3, 2008 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  10. Rod Dallas

    I would like to believe thtat in 2008, we as American citizens are intelligent enough to realize that the best candidate for the presidency is without a doubt is Mr Barack Obama. Joe Biden Is definitely the best best candidate for Vice President who shall take over if for any reason the president can't do his job. We are America people and we are supposed to be that smart. Vote with your brains if they still operable and be smart. Only racist voters could continue to be ignorant in a decision such as this. If you are unsatisfied with the results of the election, I hope you are wealthy enough to pack up and leave this great country.
    Love you all!
    Vote smart, Vote Obama/ Biden on Nov. 4th 2008

    November 3, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  11. bent

    With the the election of Obama/Biden it would send a strong message to the world about America.The citizens of America has chosen a Afircan American for president,and the world will once again see America and its greatness.It's ability to overcome it's racial division.Show her true beauty,not only will she be known as the United States Of America.She will be better known as the United States Of Americans!!!!!!!!!!!!God bless the child whom help his brother in need.

    November 3, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  12. Tyshon

    I think that there's no actual trainning for being a president... You either a born leader or a follower. You can clearily see that Obama was born a leader and that this is sent from some kind of divine power, he kept his head above water no matter what was thrown at him. He is got charisma, well spoken, smart, has the ability to bring people together and he is confident to ask for advise. Plus if Obama wins he will put together a team of elites and that will be beneficial for everybody. Elites Bill Clinton, Hilary, Collin Powell, Buffett, etc... It would be like the "dream team". This should that one time where people got to put their difference aside and just vote for the best candidate. Vote for Obama and let's change things around for generations to come.

    November 3, 2008 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  13. Kevin

    I voted for Barack Obama. If I was Obama, I would call all the people that he ran against to the White House and sit down together to bring this nation back together on day 2.

    However, I fell al Obama supporters need to get out and vote strong and show our support behind this man. We need to have his back.


    November 3, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  14. jdquest

    I would be most proud to have Barack Obama as President of the United States. A lot of Americans have waked up during this election. We need to stay awake and realize that to get the changes in place will take time and Obama will be attacked from the beginning by the Republicans(the talk show idiots). This campaign cannot end now. We need to keep on being more aware of what is truly going on and remember that the original plan for our country was for us to run things with trusted people as our representatives. I will be in constant prayer until this election is over.

    November 3, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  15. Christine CT Ind.

    Barack Obama.
    The way he's conducted himself throughout the campaign, to continue to instill hope and pride in Americans, and for continuing to demonstrate grace under pressure.
    The politics of hate, fear, and diviseness must end.
    It will be such a message to the rest of the world, that the U.S. has finally taken a stand against these tactics and is rejecting the politics of old.
    Vote for Change!
    Obama/Biden '08

    November 3, 2008 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  16. virginia voter

    Are you kidding – there is no comparison. JOHN MCCAIN

    November 3, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  17. elitepromise

    Obama represents the change that we need in this country. Not only is he an all-around good-natured person, but he has the ability to bring people together. He has the ability to heal our nation, and to improve the image of America overseas. He represents the type of leadership we need at this juncture in our history.

    November 3, 2008 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  18. Anne

    I am 73 and a white female. I would be SO EXCITED to have Obama for President. He has it all!!! And it shows... On the other hand, I am terrified at the thought of McCain/Palin winning. I think they are both unstable people and it shows..VOTE Obama..Keep Us Safe.

    November 3, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  19. So over Joe the Plumber

    If this election was being held in any other part of teh world, this would be a cake walk for Obama. While the world has embraced Obama, some Americans are still undecided about the world of change he can bring. If he was a white man, he would be winning with flying colors. What does this say about America?

    November 3, 2008 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  20. wezeeg

    Without question – Barak Obama. He emulates everything important about being a valued person and world leader.

    November 3, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  21. Chrisnevdel

    I will prefer Barack Obama as my President, he seems more honest, we dont need an extra 4 years of war. We have too many problems in our country that we need to take care off. They need to start thinking about the people and the real problems in America. What happened with the Latinio vote? Theres millions of latinos still waiting for answers and ideas from the candidates.
    God bless america

    November 3, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  22. olawale sobogunGod

    ill rather see obama as my president then a war monger like mcsame. we americans that live outside the country knows the better choice n all the rest of the world is watching to see weather we american are wise enough to make a good choice

    November 3, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  23. Maggie

    We cant afford another 4 more years of this trade policy. We have lost to many jobs and to many people will lose more with McCain.

    November 3, 2008 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  24. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum

    I would be proud to have Barack Obama as our nex president. We have suffered for 8 years with a sputtering and and incoherent president. America needs desperately to regain its global dignity. In addition, McCain presidency it would be like a rollercoaster ride leading to disaster.

    November 3, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  25. Lesser of two evils.

    I will vote for Obama because the Republicans need to be punished for the way they have run the country over the last eight years. But I don't look at Obama as some kind of savior. He's a politician just like the rest of them. He may have the answer at this time to help this country, but make no mistake, we will need to watch him like a hawk just like we would anyone else. If he messes up we'll need to give him the boot too. If he does a good job we'll need to reward him with another four years.

    November 3, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
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