March 31st, 2008
04:10 PM ET
15 years ago

Poll: Obama would be tougher candidate against McCain

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new poll suggests Sen. Obama would be a tougher candidate for John McCain to beat."]

(CNN)— A new poll finds a majority of Republicans and Democrats feel Sen. Barack Obama would be a tougher candidate against the presumptive Republican nominee John McCain in a potential fall match-up.

    In a Gallup poll released Monday, 59 percent of Democratic voters believe Obama has the best chance at beating John McCain. Thirty percent said Clinton was more likely to win a matchup with the Arizona senator.

    Republicans surveyed say Clinton would be the easiest to beat: 64 percent said Clinton would make a weaker fall opponent for McCain, while just 22 percent said Obama.

    The survey of 1,005 adults conducted March 24-27 has a sampling error of 4 percent.

    The discussion of which Democrat stands the strongest against John McCain has been an ongoing debate since the Republican race narrowed leaving the Arizona Senator as the Republican nominee in waiting.

    A Gallup poll released last week suggested a majority of Democrats would cast a vote for John McCain this fall if the candidate they support does not win the Democratic nomination. This is particularly true of Clinton’s supporters, one third of whom said they will vote for McCain if Obama is the Democratic nominee.

    –CNN’s Emily Sherman

    soundoff (186 Responses)
    1. voter Arizona

      The true moderate and conservative democrats will not vote for Obama. He will depend on the independent crossovers and young college students to get elected president. This will not be enough to beat McCain. The party democrats will do write ins or vote for another candidate if he is nominee. The DNC doesn;t realize how mad some voters are about how they have treated Mrs. Clinton and have been pushing Obama down their throats. They are placing the democratic parties hopes on a novice. Leave it to the democrats again to shoot ourselves in the foot. the reason the republicans beat the democrats so much is because the word loyalty means something. The way the democrats have turned on Hillary is been disgusting.

      March 31, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
    2. Eric-PA

      Based on the primaries so far it's pretty obvious Clinton has a much better chance of beating McCain. These polls are based on Obama's popularity right now, but once the Republican attack monster shows its ugly face, Obama's will drop like a rock. This is especially true considering the mostly positive media coverage Obama has been getting.

      March 31, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
    3. Steve

      Hillary has no chance with independents.

      March 31, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
    4. WhoisObama

      If Obama gtes nomination, his political career will be over this Fall.
      Bye Bye!

      March 31, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
    5. SCOTT

      For all you Democrats out there who are thinking of registering a protest vote for John McCain if your candidate does not get the nomination (especially you women out there) remember, there will likely be two Supreme Court vacancies to filled by the next president that are currently held by moderate to progressive Justices. Now do you want the conservatives in the republican party to place two Supreme Court Justices FOR LIFE? Think about what that means to a woman's right to choose. You can kiss Roe v. Wade goodbye. And you can bet that personal civil rights will also be a thing of the past. So, just a little food for thought before you cast your tantrum vote.

      March 31, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
    6. I hope

      I agree with some points Bill made. I too am from the South, and I am an Obama supporter. At one time, I did think it was going to be difficult for him to win because of the closeted and open racism; however, my hope has been renewed. I think it is time we started walking the walk and not just talking the talk in America. If race is less of an issue in America in 2008 Obama will win, but if we are the same bigots he will not.

      I do think the experience thing is overrated, can anyone tell me what course you take or book you read to be a good President? Being a good President is about being an inspiring leader first. Presidents are only as good as his/her advisors, and the team that he/she builds for support. I think you are right on point about Hillary sinking him so she can run in 2012. She has proven herself as the selfish you know what everyone thought her to be.

      March 31, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
    7. Reverese Psychology

      I think this is just reverse psychology. Hillary Clinton is the OBVIOUS toughest candidate for the Republicans to beat. John McCain cannot compare to her on economics, the most important issue to Americans at this time. He also cannot beat her on experience and overall skill. I think the Republican are saying Hillary would be easier to beat because they are so afraid that they will have to face her in November. There is no way John McCain will be able to win in the high delegate blue states that Hillary Clinton has even beat Obama in. Even panel members on CNN said today that Obama has no chance of winning the states he's won in the primaries because they will be won by the Republican.

      March 31, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
    8. WhoisObama

      To Scott C.
      You should keep your money. You would lose your job. Don't you realize how bad US economy would be?????

      March 31, 2008 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
    9. Yes, DM again Arlington, TX

      I agree Obama will make a better President. Hillary Clinton is truly laughable, she tell eveyone that she the most transparant person in this race for the presidency yet she still have not showed the American people her taxes or said where Bill Clinton recieved all his millions from!

      What are they hidding and when will she pay her bills?

      What story will she tell us next?

      March 31, 2008 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
    10. Judy

      I believe that Obama would be easier to beat than Cliinton in the election.

      First: his lack of experience will hurt him, people are afraid for their jobs and their safety, they are going to want to see someone with more experience.

      Second: If Obama and his supporters think that the Clinton campaign has been tough on him; wait until the Repbulicians start on him. The Repbulicians will rip him apart.

      Third: I have watched all the debates and I beleive that in a debate with McCain Obama will not stand a chance.

      Fourth: Obama and his supporters appear to have forgotten about the
      electoral votes; as we learned in the last election; ITS THE ELECTROAL VOTES NOT POPULAR VOTES. I for one am unsure that Obama can win enough votes in states like California and Florida to win the electroal vote. (check the number of electroal votes that each state has)

      Last: I don't believe that Obama is different than most people, we all have things that we would perfer stay private, things like Rev. Wright and the purchase of his home in Chicago are only the tip of the iceburg. The Republicians can take a case of jay-walking and make it look like a national threat, I don't beleive that Obama can stand up against this.

      Clinton however has had many years of having her every move watched and having to defend herself.

      March 31, 2008 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
    11. MD Democrat

      This is nonsense! It is just more pressure from the subtle little Obama media machine and these biased polls to pressure Hillary into ending her campaign. THEY ARE AFRAID OF HILLARY'S TENACITY!!! This is why she is the one to beat McCain. As I have always said, the republican machine will eat Obama alive! The Clintons are the only democrats that have taken all of the "BS" that the republicans have thrown at them and are still standing. That is why the republican party is subtly behind the media storm to stop Hillary.

      March 31, 2008 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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