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. Dave

      Isn't it funny how every national poll shows Obama continuing to rise and Clinton continuing to fall, and Pennsylvanians so out of step.

      March 31, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
    2. La Bomb ba

      not on Racism!

      March 31, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
    3. Lee, Red Bluff, CA

      Tough is not a word I would use to describe Obama.

      March 31, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
    4. Robu desu

      59% to 30% sounds good! Gallup says it all, case closed! Let's move on to the General Election – Obama vs McCain, and leave the Clintons out on the street with the trash.

      March 31, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
    5. Hillary-Monster-LIAR

      People don't elect PROVEN LIARS. Time for the Superdells to shut this one down.

      March 31, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
    6. Cheryl

      Leila – I don't understand why someone would vote against their beliefs or self interest purely out of spite. I don't get.

      March 31, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
    7. prakash chand

      Says who?

      what does Obama know about war or foreign policy?

      March 31, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
    8. Ex Obama Fan

      JeeZ!!! Who the heck are these people polling?

      McCain will wipe up the floor with Obama. Let's face it, his 'base" is pretty much tapped out. How much money does he think his "base" has?

      He's behind in the electoral college 219 to 202 against Clinton. He thinks he can win in November?

      March 31, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
    9. Jim

      Sen John MCcain will roll over obama in about a week if that long, hell obama can't even beat a gal with out the help of the news media.

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

      Get real! Like the Republicans are going to handle him with the same kid gloves the Clinton campaign has, even though the Obama campaign keeps crying about the "kitchen sink". If you want tough, you want Hillary Clinton!

      March 31, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
    11. Gene

      Republicans have also acknowledge that...Obama is stronger than Hillary-that is the reason Republican's talk radio hosts 're asking republicans to cross over and vote for Hillary.
      Democrats wake up..

      Obama 08....

      March 31, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
    12. jd

      Obama will win-Billary will SINK!

      March 31, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
    13. Tiffanie

      I totally agree and so does Rush Limbaugh! McCain can't pour piss out a boot when all he has to do is turn it over!

      Obama 08

      March 31, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
    14. jdona

      Let's see here, 1,005 people polled, out of millions. I wonder what the odds are that a huge percentage of those 1,000 plus people were Obama supporters, independents or Republicans? If they were Hillary supporters, then the poll would be just the opposite.

      March 31, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
    15. Mike

      Of course he is. Billary is (Bush Light). She said that she would not pull out of Iraq in her first term. She is in bed with the same crooked Lobby groups that Bush is. Obama has an economic plan and Hillary has... a speech she gave in PA last week.

      March 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
    16. Beverly, Houston

      To: Bill Brown

      You just said a mouthful about Hill/Billy – Nasty, vindictive, sleazy, etc., etc., etc..................

      March 31, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
    17. Sal in Phoenix

      The republicans are chomping at the bit waiting for Obama..They're going to chew him up then spit him out.

      March 31, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
    18. Kim

      OK. watch the Tuesday news. On Lou Dobbs Monday night they said the media is picking on Hillary. So now true to form, Hillary will whine and ask for our money.

      March 31, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
    19. Dolores E. Dooley

      Hillary would beat McCain, easier than Obama, the republicans,
      know that, so they use reverse phsycology, and yes the media is
      not helping by babying Obma.

      March 31, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
    20. Eric

      Give her time, she will rebound in the Polls. I thought we have all learned that by now! How can you get an accurate view of something when so few are polled?

      Go Hillary!

      March 31, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
    21. Razor

      If you think that you cannot vote Obama if he gets nomination, then Stop calling yourself as democrat...

      March 31, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
    22. Independent voter

      Democrats are so dumb. If I was a Republican, I would purposely state that the candidate I DON'T want to face in the general election would be the EASIEST to beat.

      March 31, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
    23. nina

      When are you going to poll me CNN,? you are the reason why I will vote for McCain if Hillary doesn't get the nomination.

      March 31, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
    24. king from toronto

      lol"""come on!!you guys just figured that out???? try and keep up cnn!!"lolllll" obama 09

      March 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
    25. Rete

      I Think Rev. Wright and Mrs. Obama have already determined Obama's fate against McCain. The Republicans will beat him like a rented mule.

      March 31, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
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