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. Sonya Drumgold

    Obama is the most qualified to be president. I'm supporting him.

    March 18, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. nick

    Obama is straight forward and tells the truth but Hillary lies and says what she needs to get by.

    March 18, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. M. Dougherty

    How has Obama worked with both parties to facilitate any changes on Capital Hill? His record indicates that he has voted along party lines and demonstrated no evidence of bi-partisanship.Of all three candidates, he would be least based on past performance of abilities to work with both parties.

    March 18, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. Jacqueline

    The poll was taken before Obama's lies were brought forth to the American people.

    March 18, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. Jacqueline

    The poll was taken before Obama's lies were brought forth to the American people.

    March 18, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Leila

    The major difference is that Obama is a speech maker, not an action taker. Hillary will get things accomplished. Obama will just talk about doing it.

    March 18, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. Slap Stick, Florida

    yes one is open and one is a liar. You do the figuring. And to Hillary Supporters, pleaseeeeeeeeee it is not Hillary. She is making claim to fame about her so-called experience. LOL. LOL. COAT TAIL OF BILL CLINTON!!

    Obama 08

    March 18, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. DEM

    Gob Bless America, God Love America, Let God Greatness Shine on Thee.

    Isn't it Good News...

    We just need to whether the storm. The Eagle shall Rise Again....

    Yes We can.........

    OBAMA 08

    March 18, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. Lori

    I cannot believe that Obama would sit in a church for 20 years, stating that this man was a good preacher and have the gumption to say that he never heard any of these remarks from this pastor. You have just lost a vote. I know you are not supposed to judge the person by the company they keep. However, I have a hard time stomaching or beliving that he never heard any of these comments. Like the broadcaster said, "No one ever said, man you should have heard that sermon last week." sad sad sad 🙁

    March 18, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. laughing out loud

    Is this the best pro-obama message cnn could post with all the controversy surrounding Obama? I'm sure this survey was taken well before Obama's new delicate situation.

    March 18, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  11. Ben

    Q the Cliton fanboy's and girls telling us how CNN is biased and they will vote for McCain out of spite if Obama is the Democratic candidate.

    March 18, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  12. Sally

    Oh God help America – they are so obsessed with celebrity, that they have ignored all the warning signs about Obama. Thank goodness all his lies are coming out now – in time to stop him steam rolling his way into disaster for the US and the world.

    March 18, 2008 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. Jay

    show what people know. Hillary has worked more with republicans more to get things done since she has been in Congress.

    March 18, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. James

    I trust Obama. He is a fighter and a uniter while Hillary is a fighter and a divider.

    March 18, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. bridgette

    Don't believe those polls. Either Hilary or Obama would be McCain. Don't be confused by it. The next president will either be a woman or a black man.

    March 18, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  16. Angela

    What happened to a man being responsible for his own words? I think this racial issue has tampered with Freedom of Speech, of which the media bases its legitimacy.

    March 18, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  17. kelly in Utah

    from the sound of it if obama becomes president us po' white fokes will be bustin rocks... not always a good change

    March 18, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  18. Bennie

    It is time for someone new. Sen. Clinton is old at this game and has gottin nothing past. So if she has got nothing past in the past why should she be the next President. This Country is in bad shape in now is the time for new leadership which is Obama.

    March 18, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  19. Paul from Kissimmee

    McCain also does the poorest among the poll's participants when asked if the candidate cares about people like them: 51 percent said McCain did, compared with 55 percent who said the same of Clinton and 67 percent who said Obama cared about them.

    Who would be the 67%? I must be the other 33%. I'm white, and I love my country.

    March 18, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. Dolly, Fond du Lac Wisconsin

    Barak needs to drop out. His campaign is hopelessly mired in scandal which can only increase with time and destroy the Democratic party

    March 18, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  21. joanna

    I should have said , "the public has been fooled into believing the Titanic is unsinkable".

    March 18, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  22. California Voter

    It's a bit surprising that Americans believe that Obama would be more able to bring about change when he calls himself a "Washington outsider". I have found nothing in his past to believe that he has the ability to achieve that task. Also, I find it interesting that Clinton is still perceived as less able to work with both parties to get things done when she actually has demonstrated just that. Don't know what experience voters are looking at when they ranked Obama more able to get both parties to work together. Again, show me where he has done that.

    March 18, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  23. Texas Independent Voter

    Here are some more questions for pollsters:

    Did anyone ask about who would lead in divisiveness? I'm guessing Hillary hands down.

    Did anyone ask about who would be the choice of special interest groups and lobbists? I'm guessing Hillary hands down.

    Did anyone ask about who would bring their own agenda to Washington? Again, I'm guessing Hillary hands down.

    March 18, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. maggie

    You obama kool-aid drinkers don't have a clue as to what his change will be and members of congress have said they have not seen obama work with both parties to get ANYTHING done. Just because he says it doesn't make it so.

    March 18, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. theturth

    Yes there is. Hillary should talk about Peter Paul. Hillary should release her tax returns. Hillary should talk about Norman Hsu and the picture where Hillary and Bill are with Tony Rezko. Obama tells the truth Hillary tries to hide everything. Hillary will garnish your wages to force your compliance with Univ. Health Care.

    March 18, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
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