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. Richard Hale

    Obama is a Black Dr Jeckle and Mr. Hyde not fit for the Presidency. You are, whom you keep company with. That are professed leaders of their race. Bigot and overt racists.

    March 18, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  2. Brian

    Yeah one is a white male, born and bred for leadership.

    One is a black male and would be great at sports, except hockey.

    One is a woman and should be making us a pie.

    McCain '08.

    March 18, 2008 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  3. obama

    Obama,s change--- now hear this,now hear this, all whites to the back of the bus!Oh yes, change you can believe in.

    March 18, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  4. Proud white woman of 63 for obamaman

    We don't care about Hillary.


    March 18, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  5. mary

    Obama will give us CHANGE alright!

    March 18, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. hrao

    The sampling error of your survey? 25% +/_ – it is not clear who you sampled?

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

    Good Poll!!!!!!!!! I agree

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

    Perhaps John Murtha should have read this article BEFORE he endorsed clinton.

    March 18, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  9. Sophie

    Woohoo! That's right he will bring about change. I will bring about change too if he's elected. I guarantee most others will feel the same way, yes WE can–and WE will.


    March 18, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. Kim

    Perhaps John Murtha should have read this article BEFORE he endorsed clinton. If clinton steals the nomination with her 'politics as usual' dirty tactics, John Murtha can know that by doing so, he has helped "seal the deal" for John McCain! Mr. clinton's wife cannot win against McCain.

    March 18, 2008 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. Lora

    I listened to Obama's speech. For me, he failed to address why he has attended a hate-mongering church for the past 20 years. It's all fine and good to say that you know different aspects of a person. But the bottom line, you do not attend a church for 20 years that goes against your values. Obama talks a pretty line, but actions speak louder than words, and his actions point to his true character. He is very intelligent, and he obviously knows what people want to hear. The time for leaving that church, on principal alone, was the first day the reverend ever spoke such hate and racist talk, which I'm sure was 20 some years ago. Had Obama been the man he portrays himself to be, he would never have been a member of that church to begin with.

    March 18, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  12. DEM

    Let see if Hillary ever told us a Lie? I looking forward to reading her white house documents

    March 18, 2008 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. Chris, Silicon Valley, CA, USA

    Qualities?!? Are you serious?

    This election is like a "Twilight Zone" episode where everyone has been hypnotized into a cult.


    Hope in what?
    Change what?
    Yes we can what?

    Can ANY Obama supporter seriously answer any of these questions?

    March 18, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Independent-Latina-voter, Salt Lake City, UT

    Wow... 56% of Americans! That's the first GOOD NEWS I have about Sen. Obama in a week!

    I just heard on Bill O'Reilly's show that Hillary's supporters are boycotting on blog site because Obama's supporters are so mean. BUT I have read mean and hateful things on this blog plenty from Hillary's supporters.

    Time to unite Democrats, before you self-implode!

    March 18, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. Paul

    Barrack Obama is a great leader and it took much courage to make the speech he made today and not back down to the cynical people who thrive off hate.

    Remember, Martin Luther King was also mocked and attacked when he made great speeches. Those same people will now say he was a great leader.

    It's no surprise to see the hate filled cynics from the Hillary and Conservative camps so hurtful and attackful. Just more proof that their is still a great divide in our society with regards to race, gender, and religion while America stands for diversity.

    I can tell you I am not proud of this country when I read so many Americans and their hate speech on these blogs.

    March 18, 2008 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  16. Obama or Unilateral war mongers

    If Obama is not the nominee than I will vote for McCain.

    March 18, 2008 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  17. 2012

    He's the antichrist, she's the wicked witch of the west, and McSenile is looking better every day............

    Let's boot 'em all and start over.

    Donald Duck '08

    March 18, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  18. kgs

    Maybe those folks who think McCain is all that and a bag of chips should read the Ticker item about Iran above. 🙂 There's your foreign policy pro, hard at work.

    March 18, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  19. Phil in Texas


    March 18, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  20. felicia odeigah

    i believe obama can bring about change in america.he is the candidate to watch out for.

    March 18, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  21. Adam, Los Angeles

    Very interesting. What this says to me is that the American people like Obama more, but still have reservations about his preparedness to be Commander-in-Chief. –Obviously, this is where Obama needs to direct his campaign.

    March 18, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  22. RAFi68

    wao , and i believe there is more to come from obama if dems think that obama will beat mc cain forget it . obama clearly lie , i belive he loss the white vote you cannot trust him , and he talks about jugdment he prove he does not have any , this prove you can never critisize some else without lloking at yourself in the mirror.

    March 18, 2008 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  23. linda hemmingsen

    there won't be any change, with obama he is not for the presidency. there is racial tensions because some churches like his keep the feelings raw and keep the conroversey over race live and well in his church. and in the public with his speeches of memories of the past. how can you be for the future if this is what you dwell on, and it doesn't heal the nation it was getting better but i think him running and bringing up mlk and and allthe bad things from years ago stirred up the hatred . let it be heal yourself and move on. obama you are into too much controversey with the pastor , your flip flopping saying one thing to people than telling the canadians it is anly politics. you are trying to say all the right stuff everyone wants to hear but you don't take stands with your pastor, resko, or any decisions that are hard.

    March 18, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  24. John - Spokane, WA

    This poll is an Old one, Obama losing support faster than they can post it . Even after his speech today he lost more ground. His Campaign is done. Hillary wins PA, and the tide goes her way from there.

    March 18, 2008 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  25. maynard

    one is for truth and change..............the other is not and twist things for their own betterment

    March 18, 2008 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
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