June 23rd, 2008
03:00 PM ET
15 years ago

Blitzer: Polls show Obama, McCain strong on different issues

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/01/16/art.blitzeriowa.cnn.jpg caption=" Obama and McCain are each strong on certain issues."](CNN) - In some of the more recent public opinion polls, Barack Obama comes out doing much better than John McCain on several domestic issues. McCain, on the other hand, does better when it comes to the war on terror.

The latest USA Today-Gallup Poll, for example, shows that Obama is seen as doing a better job than McCain on health care (51 percent to 26 percent), the economy (48 percent to 32 percent), energy (47 percent to 28 percent), and taxes (44 percent to 35 percent).

In this same poll, they basically tie on such matters as the war in Iraq (43 percent to 43 percent), moral values (40 percent to 39 percent) and illegal immigration (34 percent to 36 percent).

But it’s a totally different situation when it comes to the war on terror. McCain is seen as doing a better job by a 52 percent to 33 percent margin.

All of which suggests that Obama probably would win the election if the biggest issues involve the economy and other domestic matters. But that could change if the war on terror were to emerge as issue number one. Under that circumstance, voters might flock toward McCain.

It’s a fascinating insight into the minds of voters – but remember: it’s only a current snapshot. Things can easily change between now and November 4. They always do.

Filed under: Wolf Blitzer
soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. Angie, an American

    I have not always been the biggest supporter of McCain, but he will get my vote in November. The main reason is that I feel like in a crisis an American war hero is much more trustworthy. I think Obama is much too inexperienced for the job. I am also afraid that the man may be a little bit of a wolf in sheep's clothing...............am I the only one who gets that feeling?

    June 23, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  2. Jimmy

    'But that could change if the war on terror were to emerge as issue number one'

    That sentence just frightened me, I don't know why but do you understand my concern?

    June 23, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. sharon

    When foreign people read these blogs, such as the above, and a few others today, that mortifies the world into thinking that America has not learned anything and is still going down the wrong track. It is frightening and it is very, very sad.

    June 23, 2008 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
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