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. Kathy

      Either candidate will win over McCain. The Americans will not let a Republican win the office this time. Especially not one who is so similar to Bush.
      Democrats will vote democrat in the end.
      Did that poll have an option of either one? Probably not.

      March 31, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
    2. sophia nyc

      This is why Democrats need to unite behind our candidate. I am for Obama but would vote for Hillary if she miraculously won the nomination.Say NO to 4 more years of Bush and 100 years in Iraq.

      McCain = WAR with Iran.

      March 31, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
    3. Paul

      Obama vs. McCain: Obama gets the left, McCain gets the right, they split the middle ground. Some Hillary supporters stay home. Some McCain supporters stay home.

      Clinton vs. McCain: Clinton gets the left, McCain gets the right plus nearly all the middle ground. Some Obama supporters stay home. Conservatives are ultra-motivated to keep Clinton out of office.

      Looks like a no-brainer.

      March 31, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
    4. Jeff in WI

      the poll is spot on

      March 31, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
    5. Sally

      I agree. Hillary has so much more baggage that if given the opportunity, it will make heads spin. The American people haven't heard the half of it. The Republicans are chopping at the bits to bring her and Bill down.

      March 31, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
    6. Mk

      To all of you who think Obama won't be able to beat McCain...
      Why don't you ask Hillary how if she thinks it is easy to run againt Obama?????

      March 31, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
    7. Veronica in CA

      How relevant is this? You're going to ask people like ME who is a tougher opponent? And then take that as meaning something?

      News flash: We are not polititicans. We are not economists. We are not sociologists. This is not American Idol.

      March 31, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
    8. bob



      March 31, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
    9. Sad Bill Brown

      Bill Brown,

      We don't need a vote from you, or any other racist. To think that you are so proud to say you won't vote for a black man. Big deal. God has a sense of humor and the very person that you won't vote for, may make a difference in your life someday.

      I feel sorry for you, and your family.

      The Republicans and Hillary don't make a difference in this campaign, God is bigger than any of them.

      God bless America, even the racist.

      Obama 08

      March 31, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
    10. Yes, DM again Arlington, TX

      Can HIllary Clinton respect America enough to show us the Taxes? and where's Bill Clinton getting all his money from.

      How many campaign finance law have she broke and will there be an investigation after this election....

      March 31, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
    11. vic nashville,Tn

      Aha Big joke
      We will never forget Jeremiah Wright Controversy in November , After that in his speech he changed the topic may be some top democratic leaders and pundits can say he will win not me if Hillary is not nominee my vote for Mc Cain

      March 31, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
    12. George, Los Angeles

      Says who? This is a Republican opinion so that the lesser candidate (Obama) can win the nomination. Can this country REALLY take another 8 years of Republican rule? Come on people. Wisen up!

      Hillary 2008 . . . or down goes America.

      March 31, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
    13. Alice

      I agree with Bill Brown that Hillary will want to sink Obama so she can run in 2012.

      But I don't think that is a reason to reward her with the nomination.

      Besides, if she undermines Obama in 2008, the superdelegates will remember that in 2012. And I don't think too many will line up behind her . . .

      March 31, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
    14. tony

      keep posting about Obama as keep giving up your audiences. we 're over it. You have no ideas how strong we, Clinton's supportter, are CNN.

      March 31, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
    15. Kate Madison

      Methinks all of you have forgotten: It's The War, Stupid!!!! And McCain's bellicose ways go very much against public opinion. Only Obama has been against this "stupid War" from the very beginning. The voters know that!!!

      March 31, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
    16. jeff b

      Obama is dead in the general people.

      Do your homework and stop this cult worship. William Ayers, Rev. Wright and a wife who calls Americans "sloths" will doom Obama in the fall. We don't have much time to save our party from ruin. I'm a proud Democrat but will never support Obama and I think a lot of people feel the same.

      March 31, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
    17. cathy

      Bill That is wishful thinking-The Clinton News Network is ignoring the fact that she has stiffed small businesspeople,schools, and her own staff's health care premiums. You won't read that here–actually you won't read this either as CNN won't print it.

      March 31, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
    18. white old lady





      March 31, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
    19. Jessica Y. Smith

      I have a problem with the media portraying Barack of spliting the democratic party. Wasn't Hillary who threw the kitchen sink at Barack and isn't Hillary who always appears to go negative. I displeased with the negative media bias against Barack.

      March 31, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
    20. gary

      JAMES FROM NEW ORLEANS. Who came to New Orleans. It sure wasnt O.B. He just wants the votes. HRC is the only prayer to beat the republicans. She has nothing to hide ,and has faced them before. GO HRC

      March 31, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
    21. yapper

      OK, all you peace loving, open-minded, enlightened liberals, let's see how mean, nasty and full of hatred you can be with your anti-McCain comments!

      March 31, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
    22. Mark Webb

      Does one needs a poll for that ??? Hilary has confessed her admiration for McCain hundreds of time; both of them voted for the war in Irak; both of them are Washington insiders. Obama can draw the sharpest contrast with Mac.

      March 31, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
    23. bigben

      another poll says stfu

      March 31, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
    24. Tex

      This poll result is what most Americans have all known for months and the point spread is getting better and better. What we are watching is Campaign Clinton imploding in on itself

      March 31, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
    25. bigben

      its a 1000 person sample. people are crazy

      March 31, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
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