March 18th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
10 years ago

Poll: Major differences in candidates' qualities

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=" A new poll shows a majority of Americans say Barack Obama will bring about change."](CNN) - While all three presidential candidates are locked in a dead heat in potential matchups, a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll suggests voters see major differences in each of their personal qualities.

When it comes to bringing about change, a majority of Americans - 56 percent - say Sen. Barack Obama will be able to achieve that task; 49 percent say the same for Sen. Hillary Clinton; and 39 percent say that for Sen. John McCain.

Survey respondents also ranked the Illinois senator highest - 65 percent - when asked who would work with both parties to get things done, compared with 56 percent who say McCain would and 52 percent who say Clinton would.

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- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

soundoff (113 Responses)
  1. Don't Forget Character

    There is a character difference as well. Hillary has a reputation for deception, mean-spiritness and manipulation. Barack does not.

    Obama 08

    March 18, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  2. Realistic

    I remember all too well the 1990s when a totally gridlocked Washington D.C. couldn't get anything done. Getting along with others and building consensus is not a Hillary strong point.

    March 18, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. maya

    Oh-kay...Take it in a few days when it will be more relevant. When Obama's lack of judgment sinks in with the American people...

    March 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  4. Terri in Texas

    Would agree with those survey results. I don't think Clinton can work with both parites, too much of a right wing conspiracy argument during the white house years. McCain has been around a long time, but does seem to float back and forth occ. Obama seems to be the most flexable. In the end, not sure it matters, seems to be the same old DC yak, yak, yak from all of them. Voting in Novemeber isn't going to be fun. Have a feeling nothing will change come 2009.

    March 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  5. No Contest

    One wants fairness, and the other wants to county Michigan votes, even though her opponents name is not on the ballot.

    Character, integrity, just words to Hillary.

    Obama 08

    March 18, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  6. Marian

    Barack wants to serve the people, Hillary wants to be served.

    Obama 08

    March 18, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. Joyce

    One candidate says she wants the people to be represented in Florida. But when it comes to the Superdelegates, they should vote anyway, no matter if they vote against the people's wishes or not.

    In a nutshell, one talks out of the side of HER mouth, and the other doesn't.

    Obama 08

    March 18, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  8. Judy

    Again, the polls show what the voters have been saying. She represents the past the Baby Boomers who had their time. It is time for new leadership and a new generation. Funny how the people ripping Obama for lack of experience are the same type of people who would have ripped Lincoln and Kennedy, the former considered our greatest president and the latter revered as a man of great vision.

    March 18, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  9. Never McCain

    To all the intelligent folks. Please rise above all of this racial garbage being thrown at you via the media and Reverend Wright's comments. These are not Obama's views. If you are smart you can see through it. If you are dumb, like some of the bloggers, you will never see it.

    March 18, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. Justin

    One is a user, and will use anybody, but especially minorites to get what she wants. The other wants all Americans to be represented and does not want to pit one group against the other.

    One candidate will trash her opponent, and even praise the GOP to get what she wants.

    Obama 08

    March 18, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Roxy

    I would like to know based on what specific accomplishments do this 56% of people think Obama can bring change to America? I bet you all you want these same people still believe in the tooth fairy!

    HILLARY 08

    March 18, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  12. Ela Rodriguez

    How can anyone say that Obama can unite America. Can you really believe that his campaign is not racist? This country is a lot less united since Obama started talkintg about the racist issues. The prove is in the black votes. And we all know it!

    March 18, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Chrisy

    One candidate does not turn in her tax returns until the very last minute. She also hides her husband's library donor list.

    Full disclosure is what we need in a president.

    Obama 08

    March 18, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. Dolly P.

    It is funny to me that you have to read the FULL Story to see anything Obama does not rank first in. Very skewed way of presenting the information.

    March 18, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  15. Angela

    How? How will Barack Obama bring about change? How?

    I am going to change the weather – if I say it over and over and millions of people hear me say it – will it be so????

    March 18, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  16. ACitizen

    "Survey respondents also ranked the Illinois senator highest — 65 percent — when asked who would work with both parties to get things done, compared with 56 percent who say McCain would and 52 percent who say Clinton would."

    I am amazed at how people think that Obama will work bring about change, when both Clinton and has proven over and over again during her term in the senate that she works effectively with all parties by bring about substantial changes and legislation! Obama has not been vetted... this cult type following of him is dangerous for the country.

    March 18, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |


    I am sure it will have Clinton ahead!! Obama has had a very large margin lead over Hillary the past 2 weeks and now she has cut that margin and the difference between them both is only 4-6%. Who is the one with the momentum now?



    YOU GO GIRL!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  18. By Linda Montgomery

    "Yes, she would do anything, and she is running out of “anythings.” No redo of FL. No delaying the Texas Caucus results. Not stacking up a lot of Super Delegates. Subtle hints that Super Delegates will go with the voters’ desires.

    Frankly, it is scary how delusional she is and how irrational her methods are. At 3:00 a.m. when the phone rings, I want that brilliant, patient, rational man I heard give a historical speech today to answer the phone. I don’t want one of the multiple personalities of Hillary to answer, and I am a woman–a woman who is willing to wait for the RIGHT woman for president."

    Linda if you're reading this, I hope you don't mind, I had to repost it.

    March 18, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  19. give me a break

    The most recent poll shows that Barack Obama spends 14 minutes in the shower, Clinton spends 15, and McCain 10.

    C'mon now with these polls.

    March 18, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. aida

    Dear Barack:

    I only heard part of your race speech today. I am a 64 year old male who has had a black best friend for over 30 years. I saw him on Sunday for dinner. I am also British and he blames me and Britain for slavery. Although I have a PhD and have been a professor at UCLA I have no job. Please address positive issues and the hypocrisy in the US where more than race is involved.

    You AND Clinton have brought negative campaigning to the surface. It is the main foundation of your campaign and used by opponents to attack you. These people manipulate the system to get their candidate elected. This is why we have George Bush as president and face Clinton every day. Clinton should be told about this. I will do this but she has no guts to listen. If you cannot see the problem maybe you should not be running either. I have admired Bill Clinton for years but no more. He has changed and lost his values and appears to be on prescription drugs. His WIFE is arrogant and is not acceptable as president. You are
    her little black boy.

    The race problem arose because of dirty politics. It has been discussed enough. Attack the negative politics that brought it to light. An opponent searched though 100's of sermons to find some negative statements to attack you. They were sold by Clinton to FOX News and others and played endlessly on TV news. Those who did this are evil, ones who would destroy our democracy for money. Tomorrow there will be another negative topic. The US does not need this. Please strongly condemn these dirty tactic. It gives the US a bad name. I have been trying to get you to this for months. You need to use STRONG supporter/surrogates to be on TV to attack the commentators are destroying your campaign. It is a conspiracy from you political opponents. They are running the issues you are talking about. Clinton and her tactics are your problem. I will not vote for a monster who could to run without her husband and will use any tactics to get votes.
    They and their supporters are the American axis of evil.

    March 18, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  21. Jonathan

    Amazing how all the pro-Obama info is above the cut on this ticker bit.

    March 18, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. henry

    I think Larry Elders is a poor representative of the black race, for the comments he made about senator obama. The man made a great speech today. To bad the senator has to defend himself at every turn of his run for president.

    March 18, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. Change, Yes

    A new poll says Barack will bring about change, more than any other candidate. That's an understatement. He already has–more than anyone will ever know.

    Obama 08

    March 18, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Willy

    Wonder what the diffrence is, Hmmm..... I don't see it.

    March 18, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. Scott

    Heard Obama today. There isn't another politician in the country today with the brains or judgment he continues to reveal.

    If Obama is elected, I predict he may become one of the greatest presidents in our country's history. After ' W' we need some greatness to heal the damage done to us all.

    March 18, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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