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. Papagano

    Proud for Obama because public opinion around the world is so favorable to him. It will make it easier for him to work with the world community and restore our reputation. Conservatives say that the world favors him because those people have "ill will" towards us. This just proves how out of touch American conservatives are. Liberals form their world view by observing the world. Conservatives form their world view by talking to each other.

    November 3, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  2. Candy West Virginia

    mccain is not leadership material and I would be horrified to think of him as potus for a number of reasons. Barack has shown a true statesmanship throughout this election and if he manages this country the way he has managed his brilliant campaign, this country would be great again!

    November 3, 2008 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  3. GA Independent

    Obama, of course!

    November 3, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  4. daw

    McCain is in vain and you wont see him again

    November 3, 2008 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  5. A White Male For Obama

    McCain for corporate america and rich
    Obama for the majority
    Is there really a choice

    November 3, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  6. Darrell

    Some of the most important jobs in the world are given to the less experienced, with better judgement and focus. There many successful operations that are better handled by the less experienced person that has the ability to lead and make change.There is nothing unusual about a true leader getting a position when it is known the other candidate is a dangerous gamble.Some of the most successful appointments have been younger, but more tune with the majority.

    November 3, 2008 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  7. Debra Farnsworth

    Who do we really want to decide to choose as our leader to Presidency to lead our country? Here are other ways to realize and consider to make a good decision for the leader for our country. Hawaii wasn't even a state when one was born and didn't become a state until after. One wont even salute to our National flag. One who chooses too not want to swear with his hand placed upon on our Bible for Presidential oath. And wants to use his own. Thank You Prayers and God Bless! Debra Friends and Family

    November 3, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  8. RO

    I have not yet wavered about Obama since I heard him speak here in Tennessee,,,TWO months before he announced his candidacy for President. I am so excited and so is time for CHANGE–what we have been through in the past 7 3/4 years, whew! GO OBAMA/BIDEN!!!!! ONE MORE DAY!!

    November 3, 2008 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  9. Pat

    I will be proud to have Obama as our president. It is time, to start voting for the smarter candidate. Number One at Harvard beats a D – student any day. It is time we Americans take concern in how the rest of the world looks at us. We need a leader that the world looks up to, not another clone of Bush.

    November 3, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  10. Chris

    President Obama...Oh happy day! We will finally, after 8 long years, have an intelligent, thoughtful, calm presence in the White House! Someone who won't rip our Constitutional Rights from under us.No more 'bluster' and war mongering. No more secret meetings. Everyone, get out there and vote! It's only a few hours , and it can make such a differnce in your life and the lives of millions of others! It's almost over!

    Obama/Biden 08

    November 3, 2008 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  11. It's time

    This county desperately needs a sense of unity. That will only occur if Obama is elected. McCain will continue to divide. Palin will continue to insult. Time to come together folks. The world is watching.

    Vote Obama.

    November 3, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  12. vicki

    There is only one person to be proud of and his name is President Barack Obama.

    November 3, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  13. roland

    The fools in America, i mean the electorate should be reminded that Obama and democrats are the better candidates for the time.

    The Adults were fooled by republicans the last 8 years. If it happens again,then children will vote.

    November 3, 2008 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  14. Lim

    Will we be safer in 4 years with Obama or McCain?

    November 3, 2008 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  15. Tony, Enterprise, Alabama

    What are pollsters going to do for work after tomorrow?

    Let's count the votes. My prediction, Obama loses and the uber-liberal wing of my Democratic party has a collective stroke and says the election was stolen.

    Tomorrow the people speak.

    November 3, 2008 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  16. Jo-Ann..New York

    Barck Obama has proven to the the leader we need for these United States of America. He is intelligent and displays the right temperment to lead our country.

    I will walk proudly into the voting booth tomorrow and pull the lever for him.

    May God Bless and keep Obama and give him wisdom and strength.

    November 3, 2008 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  17. Decided

    We Early VOTED for Obama/Biden!!!! Very Proud to have them Represent our country and restore our standing in the World.

    We deserve better....we need Obama/Biden 08

    November 3, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  18. Xavier

    Electing Obama would give the world a new hope as to the greatness that is America, but electing McCain would vindicate all the negativie views that other countries have of us.

    November 3, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  19. David


    November 3, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  20. dave

    Obama of course. This is a guy that comes along once in a lifetime. We need a uniter in the White House that will bring people together and bring the world together.

    Republicans are not excited about McCain. Half of the Republican party doesn't even like him. If McCain gets elected there will be total gridlock in Washington.

    November 3, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  21. Dr. Molly

    Just back from a trip to Europe. We wore our Obama buttons and whenever someone engaged us in conversation I'd give them one (I kept a stash in my purse)...OMG, it MADE THE TRIP! The world is looking for America to lead, not drag everyone into the mud and blood and chicanery of the past 8 years!!!
    Palin is such a joke world wide, just listen to her ostensibly talking to President Sarkozy and giggling when he tells her how much he enjoys "killing things"...too scary to imagine someone so clueless answering the phone at 3 a.m.
    As a mother of a 16 year old son I can't imagine what the next 4 years would portend with McCain and Palin in charge of foreign policy.
    LOVE NOT FEAR, that's what the world needs now.
    Obama/Biden 2008

    November 3, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  22. Elizabeth

    Obama would restore out standing to the rest of the world. John McCain is a mean spirited man who's only concern is the wealthy. For him to keep saying Obama will raise everyone's taxes is absurd. His VP pick shows what his judgement is! The thought of Sarah Palin possibly being our President is HORRIFYING!

    OBAMA/BIDEN !!!!

    November 3, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  23. Linda

    Go McCain Go!

    November 3, 2008 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  24. Lynne A. Barron

    I am very curious to know why John and Cindy McCain do not have their other daughter with them on the stump and why he is so proud of parading Joe the Plumber and The whole Palin crew, when he is leaving out a daughter they were so proud of adopting??? This has to be hurtful to her. She should be standing right next to her sister, because she is part of the family. This is very upsetting to me and is there a reason for it? They should be as proud of her as they are of their biological daughter who looks just like her mother!!!!! I guess this shows me their family values, and blood is thicker than water!!! Please do not read this on air, I don't want to hurt that wonderful girl, I'm just curious!!! Aren;t you!! No one has ever raised the question and I know why it's delicate but it's upsetting. If that were me out on the stump, I'd be proud to have every member, all my children and grandchildren in the background cheering for me!!!!!

    Lynne From Connecticut

    November 3, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  25. Kirk

    We need someone who can think rationally and will get us out of this mess.
    We need to restore our image in the world.
    Obama / Biden

    November 3, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
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