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. John in Ohio

    The desperate Republicans have really been grasping at straws in the recent weekend last-minute attack ads.

    November 3, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Fed Up

    SO, now there is a cry from the liberal media and the "progressives" to take action on the person who leaked the info about Obama's Aunt


    No action on the person who broke the law in the first place, causing someone to disclose the information. God No, don't go after the law breakers. Go after the people who have offended the all mighty's family.

    Progressives have got this country so messed up!

    November 3, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  3. Allison, NH

    Go Obama/Biden, go!! We need you. If Obama/Biden do not win, we'll have two depressions on our hands...our current economic depression and the depression of the American people left to another scary reign for 4 more years. We cannot do this to ourselves.

    I am poud of Obama – nomatter what his color is. I am excited for tomorrow, because I have faith that the American people will choose Obama as our president.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!!

    November 3, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  4. Alex

    If such qualities such as experience, honesty, integrity and truthfulness matter, John McCain either didn't get the memo or forgot. I have never supported Barrack Obama TOTALLY because of his extremely liberal views. But John McCain was my man UNTIL he proved to me he will do anything or say anything to get elected. In short, he completely took away my faith and belief in the man. He talked of "change" and "Country First." He convinced me he would actually do neither!

    November 3, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  5. Dawn Kessler

    To Obama 4 President – for your information, if Barack Obama resembled the white side of his family, he wouldn't even be in the running! He has absolutely ZERO experience in anything. Look back at his record. Everytime he was elected to any position, rather that do the job elected for, he would immediately start running for the next highest position. Be very afraid of an Obama presidency. Vote McCain/Palin. At least they are trustworthy and experienced!

    November 3, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  6. Linda, Wisconsin

    I voted Obama/Biden by absentee ballot; will be up all night Tuesday and take my first deep breath of relief in a very long time when the news comes in "OBAMA WINS!" The biggest difference between Obama and McCain; I believe Obama and simply don't believe McCain. He has misconstrued almost everything that Obama/Biden has said. and Palin? OMG! She actually said she had more "executive experience that Obama/Biden together!" She is a new governor and was mayor for a town of about 6000 people! One of my biggest pet peeves; she and McCain have talked about winning the war and say if Obama wins we will come home in defeat. Who asked for the war in Iraq? Bush 1 and Bush 2. We have no business there.

    November 3, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |

    Reptilians, do not pay any attention to those polls that show the half-wit viewed negatively by 59% of America.


    By all means, prepare to run Palin in 2012.

    Pretty please!

    November 3, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Barack the Vote

    Tell me, who has had the experience to be President with the exception of the Presidents that have already run! This is a totally new set of expectations, obviously, it's a different job that the Senate. I happen to believe that McCain does not have the temperment to be in office. Palin is unqualified. I want change and a renewed sense of hope! I want someone who looks out for us instead of the themselves. Watch if you can McCain Revealed. There is one thing and one thing only that McCain looks out for and that is himself. I am praying that, that power hungry man does not get in office!

    Barack the Vote - GO OBAMA GO

    November 3, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  9. STACY

    The one and only Obama for President.You are the best i must confess.

    Jamaica West Indies

    November 3, 2008 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  10. Steve



    November 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  11. Sick of this

    More despicable comments from the contemptible people who support Obama. How pathetic!

    November 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  12. David mlyandili

    voters I advice u to vote to Obama experience does'nt matter what matters is personal ability and tarent.refer dialog and campeign .Who was a presedent before?

    November 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  13. Sharon

    Definitely Obama. He has everything we need at this time in our history to lead the country and start to rebuild our status in the world. He is eloquent, smart, and will be able to work with people to get things going again. Aside from the obvious that we've seen of McCain and Palin I'm afraid the campaign McCain has run will make it almost impossible to work with democrats should he win. Additionally, the world has already gotten a look at McCain throughout this campaign and polls suggest they don't like what they see. Of course, then there is the "Palin" effect. Having her as vice president would only lower our status both here and abroad.

    November 3, 2008 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  14. sickofthings29

    I guess i'm just stuck on stupid but if i understanding right isn't Obama surrounding himself around the Clinton's and their advisors, and how good were things when Bill was president? "GREAT!!"
    Theres a old saying the rich get richer and the poor stays poor, and thats how the republicans think . Vote for who you want, but if you chose McCain/Palin and they do win be prepaired to be stuck for 4 more years.
    GO OBAMA!!

    November 3, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. Tired of the Nonsense

    One more day and we have a new beginning....

    Barack the Vote!

    November 3, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  16. Carl

    I am so looking forward to seeing a change in the White House and in leadership of the great country of ours. The way BO has ran his compaigne is a testiment to whats coming. McCain/Palin are the same old bad news. Negativity and vile messages are of the past.
    I am supporting "that one", the new guy.

    Carl, Reston, VA

    November 3, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  17. Diane

    In Obama's Rally you always see unity! There is no hate and yelling negative things! If you Boo when he says McCain, he tells his audience don't Boo just vote...I love this!!! I have seen so much negativity in McCain/Palins Rally over the internet and on TV and they allow it. How can we elect these two in office when they lie,cheat, and try to divide the country! How will parties come together if they are elected when there Campaign has divided all, even within there own party! Here in Fayetteville there focus has been on slaming Obama for the abortion issue...I see where no one has done there homework on this issue as well, for Cindy McCain has some issues in this area as well! I could care less on the abortion issue...the ones getting the abortion have to answer for there sins not I! Hate is sin as well as lies..which is the lesser of the two? We need to focus on the economy and our health care, I think we need to focus for a Obama win not a McCain win.

    November 3, 2008 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  18. Karon

    Definately Obama! He has run a clear campaign and is very intelligent.

    Wherease McCain has pandered to the WORSE of us – with hate call, negative campaigning and rarely, if ever talking about the issues – instead preferring to say nasty things about Obama. Plus, his temper shows all the time – do we need that with foreign countires. Then, Palin is dumb as dirt! God help us if we ever get that dimwit for office!

    November 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  19. Redneck from Kentucky

    I strongly feel that electing Obama President would prompt the world to view America in a whole new light and would begin to heal the damage to our reputation in the world view. At this point in our history....WE NEED THIS!

    November 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  20. Stacy (PA)

    Obama is for "ALL PEOPLE"!!! He will give us a chance to have a positive view of America.

    All eyes are on America! Let's come out in record number tomorrow and make history!!!

    Go Obama/Biden!!

    November 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  21. Formerly undecided voter


    I am afraid that you have it all wrong, If Obama was white, he never would have made it out of the primaries, because his resume is next to non-existant, and Hillary would be running for president.

    I am afraid that Obama will take us back to the inept days of Jimmy Carter when he bowed down to the wishes of the U.N. and made this country weak by dismantling the military and CIA.

    November 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  22. Claude, Texas

    I would be proud to call Barack Obama President–

    November 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  23. michelle

    55 year old white republican woman is delighted to be voting DEMOCRATE tomorrow.............I would be honored that Obama was my President.


    November 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  24. sue calgary

    Tomorrow Americans go to the polls. Vote for the better candidate. In your heart of hearts anyone with half a brain knows it will be a colossal mistake to vote for Maccain.
    Canadians are rooting for Obama.


    November 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  25. Deewun, Canada

    Looking South and having a close connection with the United States, I would be proud on your behalf to see Obama at the helm. His steady, organised and deliberate campaign constrasts so much with the erratic and fumbling McCain machine. Surely, that contrast indicates who would be the better manager of the country. Obama crosses the ethnic divide with his bi-racial heritage and his youth, personable manner and eloquence make him a great choice. Despite his apparent lack of battle-hardened experience, he has survived 21 months of the most intense attack, first from Hillary Clinton and now from the Palin/McCain side. Given the calibre of the advisors he would surround himself with and his ability to make sound judments, there is no doubt in my mind that he will make America proud again. Your country needs to regain its pre-emminence as a force for Good and throw off the tarnished image as The Ugly America.

    November 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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