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. Jim

    Interesting ratings. McCain and Clinton have factually demonstrated numerous times that they can reach across the aisle. Since Obama has been a US Senator there's been quite a bit of bipartisan legislation. Obama has been party to NONE OF IT. His history as a State Senator and US Senator is in complete opposition to his words.

    March 18, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  2. Richard

    I am now today stronger then ever in my conviction that Obama is the President that I've been waiting for my entire life. As a student of business you need to reallize that change is not welcome or accepted by all. And the key to change is empowering people to make the change. Obama can motivate and empower the people of America to get involved in our government. I don't believe Obama is the solution I believe he is the vessel for uniting our country and getting Americans involved in the decisions that affect their everyday lives.

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


    Hillary all the way!

    March 18, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. almost 40 year old

    change.... good grief! Do people believe that just because Obama said it? Why believe anything he says now.

    Experience is what matters most. Since I am a dem I will vote for hillary if Obama gets the nomination, I will become a McCain supporter.

    I'd rather have an old white man than a flip flopping speech making deceptive black man.

    Who has made this about race... Obama,,,, whine whine whine... NOBAMA!

    March 18, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    Who are the 39% who think John McCain will bring change?

    Have your heads checked.

    Has this guy said anything that will be different from the 8 years of Bush? Seriously, think about it, has McCain differed in anything from Bush, or has he CHANGED (flip-flopped) his views to match with Bush?

    Think about it.

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

    Obama needs to GO where????...........................back there !

    HILLARY "OUR GIRL" IN 08' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. California for Obama

    I agree Barack Obama will bring change.

    2008 Obama!!!!

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

    I find this poll dubious. Do people actually pay attention.

    Hillary Clinton has year's of experiance with meeting with world leaders, she has been to Iraq and China. She has worked hard in the senate.

    As for bring about change, she has done this throughtout her career. She has a great record in the senate in regards to working with republicans. Obama has been known to be very liberal.

    And finally, judgement. Hillary is a fighter. Thats what dems need. Obama has shown a lack of judgement, especially in his misleading comments on Rev.Wright.

    As for McCain, he is a close second behind Hillary. Experiance is crucial to bring about change. Clinton and McCain have it, Obama lacks.

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

    Come on, this is garbage information. sample size of 1000 people cannot represent anything and does not have any meanful information! Simply, it's because the sample size is too small to reoresent 300m people's opionion. Believe me, I'm a satistician.

    How could CNN has such poor judgement.

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

    Change is good if one knows what Obama is changing us into. He is a true polititian; and he rightious stance is not convinsing. He pronounced Rev. White as his family, but this is what we always ask about- your family, your friends in order to get into deeper roots and understanding of a politician. What we are finding out about Obama is not good.

    Right now is not the time to experiment with Obama's left views and slogans of change and racial unity. We need Hillary to get us out of this mess with economy and continue working on equal right for all, including rights of white majority.

    A lot of students ignated by Obama speaches and promises and influencing the outcome of the elections, favoring Obama. Parents should display their guidance and wisdom. Let's not allow our teens to make idealistic choices for the country. After all, we are paying for their tuition!

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




    March 18, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. BJ from Illinois

    As I was coming from a conference today I turned to talk radio. The coments from caucasions was amazing and authentic. many said that Obama's speech changed their minds and helped them to understand him better. They said they'd vote for himas of now. I scanned the stations and the response was the same. People want a sincere and honest candidate and not more of the same rhetorical bla bla bla. One caucasion radio host said she appreciated what her listeners had to say, however, the new stations and the Clinton campaigners would start to pick apart the speech and attempt to turn his own words against him. I was personally moved by the speech and happy that he said things that I had hoped he would say. I believe that mixed race people are some of the most misunderstood citizens in this country. Obama is correct in that we, as americans, need to begin to talk openly so that we can all begin to heal.

    Finally, why is Lou Dobbs so skeptical about Obama's sincerity when we have all been through the Clinton lies, deceptions and dirty laundry. What questions does Lou have for Hillary and all of the dirty tricks that her campaign has pulled. Isn't anyone sick and tired of the Clintons and their dirty tactics which are making a mockery of the Democratic convention? Well, I am..

    March 18, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. myxavier222

    I believe that Sen. Obama will do his best to bring our country back on it's feet!

    For Hildary...NAY!

    March 18, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Nav

    World and USA would be proud the day when Sen. BARACK OBAMA would sworn as President of United States.

    World has not seen so far a leader with million quaities.
    it would be a greatest day on earth.

    So wake up America, do your right.

    Stanford University.

    March 18, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. bimmer

    There should be a survey on who lies the most.

    I bet Obama will win that survey.

    March 18, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  16. Amy in Iowa

    Obama is genuine. Hillary appears plastic and fake because she simply isn't.

    March 18, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. GG

    Go Barack!

    March 18, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  18. Manuel TX


    And Obama's ability to get things done on a bi-partisan basis is based on what specifically?

    He has such a slim record at the national level.

    He should have reached out to Wright to try to achieve a change in that man's racist mindset.


    March 18, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. Di

    HILLARY will go all the way to THE WHITE HOUSE....Especially after the latest escapades of McCain and Obama! LOL...Keep your eye on certain trial notes, via "Chicago Sun". A certain candidate is now on the witness list and additional details provided at same site goes to show a very poor judge of friends and collegues. I wouldn't go as far as some by saying Obama's an "empty suit" but that's only because I'm polite! Bwark, the race is nearly over for you! Rezko will be your downfall !!! GOOD LUCK HILLARY! Your country needs you big time!

    March 18, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. Ticket of HOPE:Obama Al-Gore

    We saw it in McCain's Iran comemnt: this man doesn't know even what he wants to say.... and Clinton we saw it that all she wants is power. Obama is the only genuine candidate in this race – everyone else is just politic as usual.

    March 18, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. Jaimie

    If political tricks were land Hillary would be Asia. If manipulation were rain, she'd be a monsoon. If back stabbing were cold weather, she'd be a Siberian winter. Need I go on.

    March 18, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  22. Joyce

    Yeah, but it's a CNN poll...blahblahblah...

    March 18, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  23. kevin

    This poll was obviously taken before Obama's minister scandal. America will no longer accept him.

    March 18, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  24. SF KID

    Here we come America! After the speech today, my support for Barack has become stronger!

    Donation* check
    Volunteering* check
    Hope* check
    Change* check

    Obama!!! 2008-2017

    March 18, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  25. clfelton

    in my work office that a different story, so where are you media getting these no#... is it because you want to make it look like obama is a still front runner? which we know he's not, again the media trying to swag voters to do what they want!!!!!

    March 18, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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