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. Maria in Georgia

    I'm a registered Republican who voted for Bush, but in all honesty McCain and Palin have run the nastiest campaign that I can remember. I am shocked out how they've mangaed to divide this country by race and culture in such a short period of time. It's a shame because we American's worked so hard to become united under one nation. In my opinion, this is a strong indicator of how McCain and Palin will lead our Country if they were to win, and it will be disasterous for our standing in the world. My family of (4) Republican voters will have voted early for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

    November 3, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  2. former gop

    Palin, who is colossally inept, cost McCain the white house. Actually, McCain cost himself the white house with his first major decision in connection with running the country – choosing Palin.

    I wasn't ashamed of the U.S. until Palin.

    November 3, 2008 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  3. Perla in Ohio

    BARACK the vote. We can all be proud of Obama/Biden.

    November 3, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  4. D&D

    Don't mind the waiting time when you go to vote tomorrow, because it's going to be long, very long, like never before, but make sure you VOTE anyway, that's the only way to put Obama in the WH!

    November 3, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  5. Out of work

    Obama. And yes, im WHITE.

    November 3, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  6. AJ

    The thought of either one of these clowns makes me want to vomit!!

    November 3, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  7. Bello

    You know what? no matter what happens on November 4, I will be more than Happy to address Obama as my President. If Americans decide not to benefit from having him as their next president and vote McCain, we in Nigeria would love to have him as ours- without elections, Primaries and all those other stuffs that are clearly a waste of time. Obama is clearly what America Needs right now- I just hope they vote right.

    November 3, 2008 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  8. dan

    Pro-life defenders and anti-abortion Catholics who vote for Obama confirm that abortion is not really as important to them as they say. They can rationalize any politcal choice they want to make, forgetting the unborn. They give all new definition to the term: "pro-choice". Have fun with your choice.

    November 3, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  9. mruth

    Barack Obama. He proved himself numerous times, keeping a level head through a long primary, the financial crisis, three debates, and countless personal attacks on him by McCain. McCain, on the other hand, regularly lost his temper and his head, swerving all over the map. As a final insult to the American people, McCain tried to foist upon us the least qualified VP candidate in US history.

    November 3, 2008 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  10. The World Await OBAMA/BIDEN

    Around the world, the people is awaiting OBAMA/BIDEN. It is interesting to see how the American election has not only engage the American people but people right around the world. Overwhelming when polled they support OBAMA/BIDEN in the quest for the Precidency. The world is once again ready to rally behind the USA once again Should OBAMA and BIDEN take office.

    November 3, 2008 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  11. Jv

    Mccain will win for sure. Racism is always around the corner no matter what... be real. White americans will not allow black president to lead their beloved country.

    Obama is overconfident, inexperienced and not pure american.

    He is spending a lot just to win. why not give it to the needy???

    His aunt, on the other hand, pull him down on some point.

    November 3, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  12. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    When Obama wins on Tuesday, there will be dancing in the streets.

    November 3, 2008 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  13. AtlDet

    Obama has the potential to become one of our great Presidents.
    He is educated, thoughtful, strives to unite citizens and comes
    from humble beginnings. The complete opposite of Bush/McCain, how can we lose.

    November 3, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  14. Jack Arizona

    We can select which way we want this country to go. in a new and better direction which offers hope opportunity or we can stick with the failed politics of the past 8 years. i feel it comes down to this simple question. Senator Obama is the best choice. please get out and vote let your voices be heard loud and clear this election day

    November 3, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  15. Danielson, Pittsburgh PA

    Hope is possibility.

    The American people are very likely the most powerful force for good in the world when they collectively BELIEVE in something.

    Or in someone. Barack Obama for President.

    November 3, 2008 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  16. Kim

    So in America the Poll is tied. In the rest of the world it is about ninty percent for Obama. The whole world is praying for an America that is a partner not a pariah.

    November 3, 2008 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  17. MarcyWH, Pa

    This Man, This Movement, This Time.
    Obama, is what America has been waiting for!

    November 3, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  18. elizabeth

    I think Obama will be a president for all. My vote was casted for him. A few more hrs. and it will be all over. Please stand in line and vote for history to be made. As Obama, said the election is not over until the polls close on Tuesday night and the votes are counted.

    November 3, 2008 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  19. shola adebayo

    it's almost inevitable now. if America pulls this off tomorrow, peace is just gonna blanket the world as we all breathe again. The world is not just waiting, we're all standing!

    November 3, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  20. Tom

    I will very proud of my president if it's Obama. On the other hand, if it's McCain I will feel ashamed of my country. We've had eight years to figure out that the Bush/McCain approach brings nothing but pain, here and around the world. It's time to get back to where we ought to be–a country that leads by the example of mentally and emotionally intelligent behavior.

    November 3, 2008 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  21. chas alabama

    Where did McCain get all this experience he keeps talking about?

    November 3, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  22. yt

    A junior senator, who had only 142 days of experience in Senate when he declared his candidacy, who supported domestic terrorists and organizations like Acorn, declared 'socialism' through 'spreading the wealth around', supports infanticide and wants to have dinner with Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro is going to be the president of United Sates?

    Are you kidding?

    President Barack HUSSEIN Obama?

    If we have a brain in our head, vote McCain!

    November 3, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  23. Bulldog

    I would be proud to have Senator McCain as President but horrified to have Sarah Palin as VP.

    November 3, 2008 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  24. witch

    Barack Obama has my vote. With him as our leader the world will see America as o good and strong nation it once was. McCain and Palin would make the world think of us as a joke kind of like the do now with Bush.

    November 3, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  25. Red, white and blue

    President Obama will bring back credibility to the USA, after 8 years of possibly the worst US president in history. The country and no doubt the rest of the world will be thankful for his election during these troubled times.

    November 3, 2008 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
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