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. Allen in NC

      If Hillary gets the nomination the republicans are gonna whip the dems like they stole something from them....

      March 31, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
    2. Jimmy

      E-E-E-E-vil Woman.

      March 31, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
    3. Sonia CA

      AND WHY???? 'CAUSE HE IS A MAN?????
      Take a look at his so call accomplishments, they are not even close to Hillary's
      The country needs a BIG CHANGE, not "another kid on trainning" we need a woman in the WH to show the country that woman can do it too.

      March 31, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
    4. Trev

      Thank you CNN for the lession on why we should not try to use a national poll to predict the result of state-by-state presidential races.

      March 31, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
    5. Chris

      I agree totally with Bill Brown. The states that Obama won in the primary are typical red states for the most part. When you can win a primary with a couple of thousand votes, you are in trouble in November. Obama's liberalism will bite him in the butt!

      March 31, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
    6. Jeff H

      Any Democrat who will vote for McCain, or any other Republican frankly, is not a thinking Democrat. If you're behind only the person and won't vote for the party's nominee if he/she isn't your first choice, you're not a Democrat. Is this difficult to understand?

      March 31, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
    7. experience matters

      Our country needs someone who is experienced to take care of the mess that we are in. If Obama gets the nomination, I will definitely vote for McCain. Obama is as inexperience as George Bush. Our country can’t afford another copy cat of George Bush.

      March 31, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
    8. Anonymous

      Nothing will unite the Republicans faster than nomination Hillary Clinton.

      March 31, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
    9. kathy in ohio

      oh sure he would be tougher................the rep. are licking their chops as we wait

      March 31, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
    10. Vig

      Oh bunk. There is more Obama propaganda floating around the air, then pollutants and Obama just eats it up. Yuck. Clinton will take on McCain and anyone else – even Obama

      March 31, 2008 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
    11. sdavis

      I'm a Obama supporter and he has the nomination wrapped up. I think people will come to their senses and not vote for another 4 years of bushology regardless of who the nominee.

      March 31, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
    12. nhk

      hmmmmmm...interesting that gallup reports those numbers when rasmussen reports that the race for the Dem Nom is at 46/43....hmmmmmmmm

      why are all these polls cnn shows so biased

      March 31, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
    13. erma- va

      My gut is telling me not to trust the polls. The republicans are going after the fresh meat. Think about it, we have heard all the trash on the Clintons. I just hope Obama doesn't have hidden trash in his can.

      March 31, 2008 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
    14. mary

      The Republicans will go after all the anti-American talk that comes from Obama's wife and friends. We don't know enough about Obama.

      March 31, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
    15. ynw

      I do not believe that Obama can win over McCain. McCain will win easily. But we shall see.

      March 31, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
    16. Grif

      2008!!!! The Year Obama, Got stuck in the Gate...

      March 31, 2008 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
    17. Nancy

      Of course Obama would be tougher on the Republicans; He doesn't 'tear up" as easily as Hillary. And he has proven he can "take the heat" when confronted with an issue.

      March 31, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
    18. Fran

      Who are these people that get polled? Do these people seriously think that the Republicans will not pull out all the stops to crush Obama.

      March 31, 2008 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
    19. Alex

      I would not want Hillary to be a vice-JANITOR at the White House, not to mention President of VP. She sucks at leadership SO badly, she should go back and take Political Science 101, and even that won't help.

      March 31, 2008 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
    20. blitz

      Bill, Right on!
      Hillary has the strength and power to win and bounce McCain for a loop.
      Can't wait for the knock out.
      No No No Obama. He talks the talk but can't walk the walk only out

      March 31, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
    21. Alex

      People in their right mind support Obama.

      March 31, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
    22. SlapStick

      Obama would surely be the strongest Dem against McCain.

      March 31, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
    23. Will

      I am sad that major news organizations use polls like this one (1005 people!) as a reliable sampling of the nation at large. Please.

      But, since I'm here – Obama '08!

      March 31, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
    24. Rose from CT

      To Scott C, no one could be more wrong. The anti Hillary people are mean and nasty with comments CNN should disallow. We need to forget about polls at this point since each one has been inaccurate.

      March 31, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
    25. Abdul

      McCain is toooooo old to be a president for the 21st century.

      March 31, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
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