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. Debra in CA

    I would be most proud to have a President Obama in the White House!

    November 3, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. africa

    please please please american, we really ask you to makes us beileve that the american dream is real and exist. please elect elect that guy. he is a real man, he is the BEST MAN

    November 3, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  3. Sam

    Thats easy............Barrack Obama all the way. He is a gift to all of us.

    November 3, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  4. Will18E

    To bring change the country needs a leader who can see past mistakes, and learn from them so they are not repeated. McCain like Bush have not acknowledged any mistakes as it refers to over all policy.
    The fear mongering that Obama is some type of socialist is also ridiculous.
    The soon to be past administration, has had 8 years, to start and finish it's own war. it failed to do so. Out of eight years, W had 7 years of GOP budgets, that have added 5 trillion dollars and doubled the national debt at over 10 trillion. talk about socialism.
    You seen when the GOP spends money it's patriotism.
    And when the DEM spend money it's socialism.
    Needless to say Gov. Palin and the state of Alaska has the highest per cap capita spending than any other state, yet she is a Maverick?

    November 3, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  5. Terri

    I could never be proud of Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin as President and Vice President of the U.S.A. They have continually lied, throughout the campaign, therefore, they can not be trusted. How can you say, "Oh, now that they are elected then they will start telling the truth."? They both have shown that they will do anything, legal or illegal, moral, or immoral to get what they want. The country suffered through that kind of thinking with Bush and Cheney. We can not afford another underhanded president and vice president.

    Plus, they did not put forward viable plans to lead the country, they only criticized Sen. Obama's plans. The plan Sen. McCain put forth for homeowners, did not make sense and did not benefit the tax payers. His health care plan would also be an additional cost to the tax payer, because even with a $2,500 individual credit and $5,000 for family, it would not cover the cost of health insurance. Plus, insurance companies would raise their rates, because it would cost them more to go out and sell individual policies.

    Sen. McCain does not think his plans through, which would lead to dire consequences.

    November 3, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  6. laxraddad

    I can suffer through an Obama presidency but as a supporter of our men and women in the military I say this,... you must respect the position of the Presidency. Other than that you don't have to like him.

    November 3, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  7. EX REPUBLICAN IN TEXAS

    I proudly cast my vote last Friday for Senator Obama for President.

    McCain lost my vote when he chose Governor Palin as his VP. I think it speaks volumes about his judgement, or lack of.

    Get out and vote, People!

    Obama/Biden 08/12

    November 3, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. JONNA

    Obama, of course. McSame has made way too many mistakes with his campaign. If you can't manage your campaign, how do you suppose to manage the country?

    November 3, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. aileen mendoza

    Not many individuals posting their thoughts on this site have experienced first hand as I do with the true meaning of "spreading the wealth". I was born in Cuba with a socialist that spread my family wealth...and I was raised in venezuela, where we had the misfortune of putting in power another socialist that wanted to "bring change"...and we know he did, please if you donot know the entire agenda behind "CHANGE" do not support it! What is change, question the meaning before you give your vote. Blessings to this wonderful nation.

    November 3, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. Michael from St. Louis

    The eyes of the world are on the United States of America! Let's elect the candidate that has displayed a cool/level headed character, as well as an honest campaign! BARACK THE VOTE PEOPLE!

    November 3, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Dan from Philly

    For me it's a choice between being proud (Obama) and another 4 years of hating my president. And frankly I'm sick of that.

    November 3, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  12. mel from ohio

    I would be very proud to have Barack Obama as the President of the United States. Our credibility and standing in the world will multiply greatly and we will be able to do more cooperatively with other nations for the betterment of the world community.

    November 3, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  13. CanIcallyouJoe

    Barack Obama has made me feel pride as an American. I have not felt this since last decade, and have been seriously contemplating expatriating if McCain gets elected. My options are Canada, the UK, or Japan. The first two are fine, but at least the corruption in Japan's political system won't get me drafted into a senseless war.

    Who knows, McCain's pushing of "traditional american 'values'" on citizens, might make those citizens of another country.

    November 3, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. Drew, Hoboken, NJ

    It seems as though there have been a billion surveys and no one I know has participated in one here in NJ.

    In any event, folks, take it from someone who has to travel to Europe a lot for both work and family, Obama/Biden is the only choice to make. If we want to repair how the rest of the world perceives us, if we want to set an example for many a nation out there, then we need to elect a president capable of sound and logical thinking. One with considerable intelligence, with the capacity to listen to his advisors and make calculated decisions on. We need the the support of the rest of the world as much as they need us! Don't allow the conservatives to let you think otherwise!

    Obama/Biden 2008!!!

    November 3, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. mn. red

    Mn. is going red. They know a sneaky low down lieing snake when they see one. All you dems can talk about is how McCain is running a dirty campaign. How about the sneaky underhanded things obama is pulling that the media won't report. The media is very one sided in obama's favor. It looks like the dems and media don't want the truth to come out.
    McCain/Palin 08

    November 3, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. Florence, SC

    Obama has done the best job so far, and he will continue to do the best job.

    November 3, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Mary

    Who would we be proud of? Not the guy who dumped his crippled wife for Cindy. Not the gal who abused her office and ignored her duties as a responsible mother. Not the two who have absolutely nothing to run on, so their entire campaign revolves around Barack Obama...and they've repeated the same stump speech so many times, I can't see why they still need a teleprompter! LOL!!!

    November 3, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. JL

    Obama, hands down. I would be proud for how far we have come as a nation. I would be proud because after the last 8 years, we finally decided that intellegence matters. I would be proud that we can move our country forward with a forward thinker. Most of all, I would be proud to finally have a President who is of the people, for the people and by the people, rather than of the rich, for the rich and by the corporation.

    November 3, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  19. roy -IL

    Within our country, and presenting ourselves to the rest of the world, Obama lends much more credibility to our country. People who want to seal our borders and ignore the rest of the world must be living in the far far past..... We are bound to the world now more than ever and have to have dialogue instead of dictates to other countries if we ever hope to increase our allies. GO OBAMA!!! VOTE VOTE VOTE

    November 3, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. lucy

    When I go abroad, I will be proud to say I am American and my president is Barack Obama and that will feel so good.

    November 3, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. republicans hate america

    Obama hands down because we see what stupid christian redecks have done to this country.

    November 3, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. McCain?

    @Francis lawrence November 3rd, 2008 6:15 am ET

    I like to vote for obama because he is a black
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    did you get your GED from the school of Rush? i am (a) Black, i am voting for Obama because he has been the best candidate in this general election. he has the intelligence, integrity, strength, judgment and fortitude needed as our next President. John McCain has not shown good judgment or leadership. John McCain and Palin have done nothing but lie, distract and dis honor themselves, their supporters and our country....neither of them has what it takes in this dark hour of our history to unite us, stabilize our economy or finish the 2 wars we fight.... i am (a) Black, i did not vote for Jesse Jackson...but OH boy i can not wait to VOTE OBAMA

    November 3, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. sbkilb Ct

    I would be very proud to have OBAMA/BIDEN representing the United States to the world.The negative campaigning from mccain/palin has been disgusting.I feel we have to stop being the "bully's" of the world. It is time to sit down with those we don't agree with and find solutions.Not the "BUSH DOCTRINE" of diplomacy.We are so globally interconnected ie economy,enviorment,etc. we have to repair the disastrous policies of Bush and find "common ground". PLEASE EVERYONE VOTE!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. Gayle

    Obama

    November 3, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  25. ANGIE

    I WILL BE MORE THEN PROUD TO HAVE SENATOR OBAMA AS MY PRESIDENT! IM SURE THE REST OF THE WORLD WILL BE PROUD OF US, CMON PEOPLE GET IT RIGHT THIS TIME LETS VOTE TOMMOROW FOR SENATOR OBAMA AND MAKE THIS COUNTRY GREAT AGAIN!

    November 3, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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