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. wendy

    President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
    Plus 2 adorable children...
    One nation under God

    November 3, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. Aaron from Ohio

    Barack Obama. America has always been a melting pot. We are comprised of people from all races, ethnicities and religious backgrounds. The rest of the world has looked upon us as the great social experiment that says all people can have a voice, all people can rise to the top through hard work and dedication, all people will be respected, all people will have their rights protected and that anyone can become a leader of our nation. Obama will be the proof that all of those things are true. He has appealed to every segment of our population with his message of hope and working as a nation united. No more division. No more partisan pandering. We will truly be a United States.

    November 3, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  3. diane kansas city

    I can't wait to elect President Obama!! Just remember, the inconvenience of having to wait in line to cast your vote is nothing compared to the inconvenience you will face in the next four years if McCain/Palin are elected, so suck it up! Wait in those long lines – it will be worth it!!


    November 3, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  4. JWilson

    For a decade now, the world has watched as we continue to be seen as the "cutters" of the world, stuck in stubborn refusal to look in the mirror as a country as see that we have become Rome.

    An Obama win will tell the world that this country is back, ready to again be seen as a moral authority, able to go through a difficult period of self-reflection, and strong enough to alter a failed and dangerous course.

    Could I be proud of Obama as President? I can't imagine being more proud, to be honest.

    Tomorrow is a day about which children will be reading in their history books 200 years from now. And I will have been a part of it. Proud, indeed.

    November 3, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  5. Leah

    I echo Jaye's statement: "I will be more than proud to call Senator Obama our president!
    John McCain and his vile campaign turned me completely off…and in my opinion, he and Palin have shamed our country and the republican party."
    Mc Cain standing at the podium and constantly pounding his fists is S C A R Y!!

    November 3, 2008 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  6. Patrick

    I believe that history is about to unfold, the first black president in the United States. Enough about divisions, let us rally together, blacks, whites, hispanics & asians, We are stronger when we stay together.
    I was born in the caribean but, I am a very proud & patrotic american citizen. I am a veteran who retire from the United States Army. I love this country.

    November 3, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  7. Brando

    2010 (Mid-terms): The beginning of the end for the Obama Administration.
    2012: The american people made 2010! Official!

    November 3, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. Sarah Palin returns in 12' as President

    She's far more accomplished than her critics:

    1. Mayor for 8 years

    2. Governor with the highest approval rating in the U.S.

    3. Member Alaskan Board of Energy and Conservation

    4. Candidate for VP of the U.S.

    All by the age of 44 and all while raising 5 kids. Those of her critics who are more accomplished-PLEASE STAND UP so Americans can see you.

    November 3, 2008 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  9. Raj, Edmonton

    As a Canadian, I would say Obama without a doubt. The image of the USA would take another beating (can it go any lower?) if Sarah Palin becomes VP.

    November 3, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  10. Jim L.

    Obama will not have a perfect four year record as President. No one else has, and he won't either. But he will learn from his mistakes and will approach every problem with the people's welfare, not the corporate welfare, at heart. Now that's a leader. One more day!

    November 3, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  11. NY

    I will be prouder to have Barack Obama.

    November 3, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  12. REPUBLICAN for LIFE not by VOTE


    WE HAVE NOT SUFFERED ENOUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!WE HEAR ABOUT TROUBLES NEXT DOOR, THEY HAVE NOT VISITED US YET. EVERY REPUBLICAN LIKE ME MUST VOTE SENSIBLY, NOT EMOTIONALLY. this is serious stuff, not a football game. How often do we our top leaders endorsing the opposition? we sould ask ourselves why???????????????

    November 3, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  13. Irma in North Carolina

    The Mccain ticket is losing ground fast it is all to do with Sarah on the ticket. She is becoming less liked all the time. She just too much bashing and the Mccain camp is running too many attacks ads, but it is hard to tell what the Mccain camp and the republicans have up their sleeve you know they are going to try and do something illegal to win and in hopes they wont get caught. As Sarah would say it will be a task of God to let Sarah and John loose this election. Also hope it will be a task og god to never have to lets us see Sarah again.

    November 3, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  14. jerral

    obama and we the people will straighten this great nation out to be the best of all best/with obama we voters have a say in how things are goverened
    god bless america

    November 3, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  15. Sam

    Over the summer, before the Dem nominee was selected, I was worried that McCain had free uncontested airwaves and nation's ears to himself to spread his message. we all know how he squandered that window of opportunity – even if he did not have the money, he could have done so many things – built a better ground volunteer operation; vetted out his VP pick; built better strategy regardless of who the nominee on the other side was....These are all examples of his lack of leadership, judgement, strategy, tactic etc. etc.

    November 3, 2008 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  16. McCain/Palin Tidal Wave

    77% think McCain is ready for Oval Office to only 50% for Obama... yet when 96% of one demographic vote for one candidate I guess that shifts the tide to 'doesn't matter'.

    November 3, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  17. keosha baton rouge louisiana

    I would be so proud to say that obama is our next president the reasons are but not limited to race which shows how far all people have come, age , and most of all his ideas that don't divide us as a red or blue america but the united states of america that we all can be proud of regardless of who you are now that should make everyone proud this is not just an election but a movement

    November 3, 2008 08:47 am at 8:47 am |

    I would be very proud to say President Obama, no one better than to bring this country together. He is the culmination of all that is good in all of us.

    November 3, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  19. Voting Machines Rigged Already?

    The Sostern blog suggests that voting machines may already be rigged by changing chips in these electronic behemoths and consequently changing Obama votes into McCain votes. So the bigger the turnout, the more McCain wins by.

    November 3, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  20. Susan A

    President Obama. In substance, intelligence, and leadership – the Obama-Biden is light-years ahead of the Republican ticket. Since Bush-Chenney, I developed a very strong repulsion to anything Republican. McCain seemed to be one of the few, more 'sensible' options. But his campaign has been embarrasing as we see McCain's gradual DESCEND to the dark side of the Republican camp. Sarah Palin was a slap in the face to all women and American voters in general. This country deserves better choices, better leadership. McCain and Palin appeal to the basest, lowest instincts in the voters- fear, hatred, blaming others. Obama appeals to our hope to better than we have been. Stop a senseless war, and focus our efforts on improving our own society through education and health care.

    November 3, 2008 08:48 am at 8:48 am |
  21. lucian girl

    i would like senator obama for presdient

    November 3, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  22. JB

    Obama. His campaign has been all inclusive, whereas the mccain camp demonstrates it's overwhelming preference to maintain the "us against them" mentality. Obama would be a better influence in the US and will be more influential in promoting American interests abroad.

    November 3, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  23. WORD UP!

    The chance of a black president is real. This is the change I've been dreamin' about for years. This historic election will be memorable, especially if Barack Obama is the winner! His victory will mark a new trend in American leadership.

    November 3, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  24. Steve

    I actually don't care about my taxes increasing by only 3%. It will not change my life a bit, we need a President who actually cares about the people of America..all cities,all States, good neighbourhoods and bad ones, that is what we need. This is the time to make our country stronger than ever. At 72 years old, he had more than enough time to change America, he didn't, now that we are trying to Change our country.. he is trying to stop us. We need change, and we need it obama

    November 3, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  25. kushal dasgupta

    The people of the world would completely absolve America for all its past mistakes if its Citizen elect Obama as their 44th President. Though I admire Senator Mc Cain for his bravery and unrelenting, service to his nation, this is Obama's time, Obama is a beacon of hope to all humanity cutting accross geo-political borders. If given a chance the vast majority of the Citizens of the World would cast their vote in Obama's favour.

    A Citizen from the Republic of India (World's largest Democracy)

    November 3, 2008 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
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