March 31st, 2008
04:10 PM ET
14 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. Jordan in San Marcos, TX

      I absolutely agree.

      March 31, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
    2. Leila

      Obama has no chance of beating McCain. His wife, his friend from the Weathermen, and his mentor/pastor/advisor took care of that.
      The Republicans will have 4 more years and I am a Democrat who will vote Republican if Obama gets the nomination.
      NO = Not Obama

      March 31, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
    3. cathy


      March 31, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
    4. Former Obama Supporter

      I think people are once again underestimating the Republicans. They haven’t even begun to attack Obama. They are just sitting back and letting the Democrats fight. Right now it may seem like he is hard to beat, but just you wait.

      March 31, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
    5. April in Texas

      I agree and I think alot of the reason behind this is the Clinton background. The past and the current campaign strategy being so negative is hurting her. Hillary is her own worst enemy.. She is a ticking time bomb in my opinion.

      Obama 08

      March 31, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
    6. James in New Orleans

      So why is Hillary trying making the case that she is the strongest? She needs to reject and denounce her own comments about herself being a tough canidate for the general election. She would have No chance period.

      March 31, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
    7. Jean

      It has to be an Obama supporter that said that. McCain will chew him up and spit him out. He doesn,t stand a chance with McCain. What a laugh. Now Hillary is a whole different story she can hold her own with McCain. So if you want a Democrat for the next President you should vote for Hillary. GO HILLARY ALL THE WAY TO THE WHITE HOUSE> JEAN

      March 31, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
    8. Snoozing

      He would be a tougher candidate because McCain is on auto-Bush pilot. In fact, Barack can go back to the 2000/2004 playbook during the debates.

      McBush is a snoozefest, and the general debates will not be exciting. Barack on the other hand will have to watch the underhandedness of the Republican party. Remember Watergate, need I say more.

      Obama 08

      March 31, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
    9. Scott C

      Hillary quoted polling when she said she needs to stay in this race.

      I wonder what she is going to say when every single poll says everyone wants Obama and not her.

      I would bet my money on her saying nothing.

      March 31, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
    10. Bill Brown

      Folks, folks. Haven't we learned from this year's polls that the opposite is true? Who would've thought McCain would even be competitive at this stage back in December?

      The truth of the matter is that Obama is going to be much easier to beat. It is a simple fact that there are many people – and not just in my native South – who will NOT vote for a black man, particularly one who does not exactly have overwhelming credentials.

      Furthermore – the only reason he has survived the Wright flap is because there were no votes that week.

      Once McCain and the GOP hit squad gets out that Obama has propsed over a trillion dollars in new spending in conjunction with an immediate retreat from Iraq, his inexperience is going to be his Achilles heel.

      And I 've got news for you – Hillary will sink him so she can run again in 2012. Don't believe me? Just wait.

      March 31, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
    11. Linda, Florida

      Clinton has tooooooooooo much dirt .
      And too much anger against her.

      March 31, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
    12. Brian

      Clinton + McCain = more of the same old same old

      The most change we would get is them changing seats in Washington and thats it!

      March 31, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
    13. logan1313

      hillary has way too much baggage . republicans have all the goods on hillary . obama only has a crazy preacher and mccain has a crazy preacher too .

      March 31, 2008 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
    14. r sisk, nevada

      Good God I am sick of these Polls. Next week these percentages will be completely different. Right now, the democrats have two very strong candidates that will both cream "grandpa" in the upcoming election. The Democrats are split right now but once we have our candidate, we'll band together to ensure we don't have more of the same. I think most of us are done with "white guys" as President. They've screwed things up bad enough. It will be Obama or Clinton in the White House.

      March 31, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
    15. Clinton is a fraud


      March 31, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
    16. Donna

      Folks historically seem to think it is a Republican strategy to get Hillary the nominee so she can be beat. You might want to ponder the idea of the reverse. What if it IS Obama the republicans would like to contend with because they know they have more ammunition to take him down. What if....

      March 31, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
    17. Ryan

      Yes I agree.

      I want to state that these HRC supporters are really negative ans it sad. The best canidate will win the nomination. Obama seems to have it so get off it.

      Obama 08

      March 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
    18. Mariposa4Life

      People, Dems AND Reps say Obama is harder to beat. You can claim it's the Reps trying to set up the Dems to fail all you want but the fact is this poll was asking REPS AND DEMS! Everyone knows the Clintons have a ton of dirty laundry in their closet that the Reps are just waiting to get to.

      Obama 08

      March 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
    19. Manuel TX

      Most polls disagree with this.

      McCain beats Obama in Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania.


      March 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
    20. rock-c

      When you are paying 4+ dollars for gas you should pat yourself on the back for that vote. Also, when the war touches you at home pat yourself on the back for that too. Don't be crazy......stick to what you believe. Don't give to the media.......

      March 31, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
    21. Diegito

      Why would democrats vote for McCain is beyond me.

      Obama or Clinton, just need to make sure, another Republican doesn't run the country into the ground.

      We have all seen, what happens, when Fox News and Rush Limbaugh run the country through their puppets.


      March 31, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
    22. Ralph

      Now why have the Republicans wanted allong Hillary to win the nomination. It seems Hillary would say because she is the most electable, but that doesn't nake sense, now does it?

      March 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
    23. Martha

      I like what I've heard so far from Senator Obama. Would love to vote for someone other than our typical Washington-type politicians... and would find it very difficult to vote for the smart, but divisive Mrs. Clinton.

      March 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
    24. Ratgurl

      Bill Brown – where do you get your information? The Inquirer? Your racism is showing! (and you didn't even remotely try to hide it)

      March 31, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
    25. David, In Des Moines Iowa

      If you make a statement like "If Obama wins I will vote Republican"
      My answer to you is fine, see ya! so long, good bye, farewell, get the message? Because for every idiot like you Obama or Clinton will have a new democrat. The youth vote! So you people who want to play games with your vote when you don't get your way. I say go-away! It's time for the REAL Democrats to stand up.

      _peace out ,biotch__

      March 31, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
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