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. shannon, newark, nj

      All I have to say is: haven't we always known this?

      the only people who haven't gotten the memo are the Clintons.

      March 31, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
    2. carliss

      a lot of people on this blog sounds republican , so if hillary win i"ll be republican too

      March 31, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
    3. Will

      Duh, we have all none that this whole election.

      March 31, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
    4. Tracey- OREGON

      Not True, if Obama is the nominee, MANY people will vote for McCain. Too bad CNN is so biased in their coverage. If the Republicans win the presidency, it's OBAMEDIA'S fault!!!!

      March 31, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
    5. Ric

      I'm hoping Obama does get the nomination. This way in 4 years we can have someone with experience win the White House. And poor Obama will be on that list of losers with Gore, Kerry, Dukakis, Mondale and Carter.

      Obama '08 = racist church, anti American

      March 31, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
    6. Adams

      In considering Clinton, a self proclaimed pant suit guru, as the head of the USA, one should decide if she measures up to Britain's former PM Margaret Thatcher.

      March 31, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
    7. Texas4Obama

      I agree that Senator Obama has a much more better chance at beating McCain than Clinton.

      Obama is TOUGH – he has beaten the Clinton machine all of these months and he can beat the McCain machine too.

      Clinton has TOOO much baggage past and present for the republicans to use against her! Ya haven't seen it thus far because Obama is running his campaign with integrity.

      March 31, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
    8. Hillary The New President of the USA!

      Obama Will Not Make It!!!!!!!!!

      March 31, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
    9. NickSan Diego

      Why do you bother CNN? These BillyBots wouldn't believe you if you said the sun was out at NOON!

      I have a question that NO bIllaryBot will answer.


      Just like her? All TALK no Action??

      March 31, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
    10. lois

      Of course the Republicans would say that because they want Obama to win so they can beat him.

      March 31, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
    11. Bob Jablonski

      Obama will be the nominee PERIOD! If the Country wants more of the same I say vote for McCain! If not vote for Obama! It's just that simple!

      March 31, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
    12. Texas Voter

      I've said this before and it now appears the polls show it. Many of the Clinton supporters won't vote for Obama. He wasn't able to win key swing states such as Ohio, Florida and upcoming Pennsylvania and without the Clinton supporters he is in trouble.

      March 31, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
    13. Tim

      McLame doesnt stand a chance against either but Obama will absolutely crush him. How does Hillary contend that she is better able to beat McSame? Is it the experience under sniper fire?

      March 31, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
    14. JFK

      I beg to differ on that poll. This is a joke of an election if the more experienced candidate does not win!

      March 31, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
    15. Anonymous

      Democrats have lost their marbles. They are going to nominate either Hillary, a loser wife or Obama, a rookie Senator. McCain will make dust of either of them.

      March 31, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
    16. Ralph

      If Hillary can't beat Obama, let alone by the landslide victory that was to be hers, how could she possibly beat McCain, if Obama is too weak to beat him? Yes, even in politics, 1+1=2. Some people just can't or won't do the math.

      March 31, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
    17. obama

      who is gonna come out to vote for her in Nov? she already has turned the two-third of the country off by her negative tactics and her lies in this campaign.

      March 31, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
    18. Obama'08

      Of course Obama would be a tougher candidate against McCain…. they're not long-time friends like McCain is with the Clintons!

      Besides, it's not like Obama has any OBLIGATIONS to the old-school politicians. All the more reason to get Obama in that seat of power so he can start making those changes we so desperately need!

      March 31, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
    19. Theresa

      Give me a break!!! McCain will crush him

      March 31, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
    20. kentucky

      Hillary will burn the village to the ground before she quits and take the democratic party will her.

      March 31, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
    21. T. Greenwood

      Leila, who cares about your vote......No Country for Old MEN OBAMA 08

      March 31, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
    22. Pity

      cue the Clinton-supporter head explosions!

      March 31, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
    23. Obama'08

      Bill Brown – where do you get your news from – the Inquirer?

      Be careful – your racism is showing... probably because you're not even trying to hide it.

      March 31, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
    24. White, Female Boomer for Obama

      What SUPPORT do you Clintonites have to support your claims that Clinton has a better chance against Obama?

      I think you people have drank too much of the Clinton koolaid and have little rational thought left. Talk about a cult!

      March 31, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
    25. Oleg

      Always a democrat, I will not vote for Clinton 1) because I do not trust her, and 2) because I don't like creating royal families. Obama is strong, and he sure can select better VP than Clinton.

      March 31, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
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