June 23rd, 2008
03:00 PM ET
14 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. Simon Sczywhek

    Didnt polls show most people wanted OUT of Iraq? McCain says he doesn't care how long the US stays there even if it's 100 years. Obama said he wants to pull the troops out and he would be carefull doing it.

    Seems like McCain supporters need a education

    June 23, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Ray Victory

    The "War on Terror" ... what does that mean ???

    How many Americans have an informed view of what this means??

    Isn't the W"War on Terror the one in Afghanistan? The war McCain has forgotten about?

    June 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  3. PS from Tennessee

    Get ready for WW-III. McShame will be singing "Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran". "W" got re-elected based on fear! I hope this country is not that stupid to fall for that again!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Blame Bush

    The polling on domestic issues was actually between Obama and Bush.

    June 23, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Bulldog

    Obama supports reversing the "Enron Loophole" while McCain supports it. McCain's economic advisor is the one who created the loophone in 2000 while his wife was on the board of directors at Enron and received almost $1 million in less than a year. This loophole is THE major reason for the extreme oil and gas prices and John McCain supports it. It allows corrupt commodity futures traders to manipulate oil and gas prices oversees because this loophole took away crucial government oversight and regulation to stop these traders from manipulating any types of commodities. The same thing is now starting to happen with food prices traded in futures commodities. John McCain and Obama are on complete different ends of this issue.

    June 23, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Al, NY NY

    If that's the case in terms of the war on terror, look for a "last-minute" incident to "rally" everyone around JM, probably around mid-late October,. Maybe even Osama Bin Laden formerly "public enemy #1" but demoted to an afterthought will mireaculously be caught

    June 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. R.I.F.

    Considering the fact that McCain's top adviosr Charlie Black staated bluntly that an attack on the US would benifit McCain greatly, I'm expecting to see Bin Laden tapes rolled out one per week until November. Voterss would be stupid to fall for this rove strategy again.

    June 23, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Charlie, Odenton, MD

    Unfortunately for McCain, he is in the shadow of this current administration, and getting out of it is going to be rough. Does anyone see the economy not being the #1 issue. Heck by November we might be talking about major airlines having to close shop, which mean 25000+ jobs out the window as well.

    Keep battling McCain, we need your wisdom and tough-minded attitude in the White House!!

    June 23, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Doris,Memphis,TN

    McCain is leading on the war on terror because Americans know he will bomb! bomb! bomb!

    June 23, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Mike

    Obama sure has some people buffaloed.

    From what he has shown me; Obama is clueless on the economy, taxes, and energy. He needs to go back to school.

    i just don't understand why people have so much faith in him in these areas.

    Or maybe his followers are even more clueless than Obama is about these matters.

    After all, I have seen some pretty bumb statements made by his followers on the blog.

    June 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  11. TJ Johnson

    Obama offers prosperity to issues such as government-financed education and government-controlled health programs, government-forced ruination of private enterprises, government forced downscaling of American private lives to "eliminate global warming"; government-forced downscaling of auto purchases; government takeover of oil production companies; increased taxation on the "wealthy" to give to non-workers of America, and on and on. These are not American ideals at all. In fact, I can easily say that are socialistic - perhaps even communistic. Please, American, not Obama. He's all bad except for his talk, talk, talk.

    June 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  12. @everyamericans


    the only thing that americans are hoping to change between now and November is the economy. And John McCain and George Bush doesn't have a clue as to how to fix the economy, the mortgage crisis and high gas pricess!

    they are only proposing to drill for more oil; same excuse they gave for going into Iraq: OIL. In essence, they want to create more jobs for big oil companies, increase their record breaking profits, and give oil companies more tax breaks, while shipping our jobs overseas!

    I think the american people have had enough of George Bush and the republican economic pandering. Time for Change is Now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2008 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  13. Amarissa

    Every poll will change day by day as Obama continues to back up on his "Change" promises! He is the worst of the worsts! Not only unqualified but the biggest LIAR in the history of our nation.
    NOBAMA! unless you want a "Change" for the WORST!
    Miami, Florida

    June 23, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. johnny

    Blame Bush!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. ProundToBeRepublican

    Most Americans do not know what a real war looks like, most think it is like a cowboy movie or video game they have not faced reality of real war specialy republicans who try to make you beleive they are tough they can destroy the terrorist in a day, bring democracy in Iraq in few months, could wipe Irab from the face of the earth in a day all this tough talk is a wishful thinking we have seen it in 8 years bush admistration made matter worst the terrorists are strong than ever, iran is stronger than ever, iraq war still a disaster , but still some idiots think Mccain which is third term of bush would handle war on terror better than Obama it is sad you can not get any more ignorant than this.

    June 23, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. big ed

    I've heard many Republicans accuse John Kerry for being a traitor to his country in April 1971, when he testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the atrocities committed by US troops in Vietnam.... a war based on lies. Today we have many Democrats who feels the same way towards John McCain, who surrendered military information to his NVA captives during his 5 years there since 1967 Hanoi, Vietnam.

    By the way, since John McCain wishes to flaunt his POW status before the American people, while running for president against Obama, I feel that facts about his POW events are fair game to discuss, IMHO.

    June 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  17. The Federalist

    It's funny how anyone could possibly believe that Obama would be better than McCain on health care, the economy , energy and taxes, when his "answer" to all of these problems is socialism.

    For all of Obama's talk about the many "great new ideas" he has, it all smells of warmed-over, already-failed-many-times socialism. But then again we have to keep in mind that for many in this country, and many around the globe, socialism (like "global climate change") is a religion at best, a cult at worst. This is a cult belief and trying to debate someone about the utter failure of socialism everyplace and every time it's ever been tried, is like debating religion... it's a deeply help "belief" that you can't talk these people out of, regardless of the FACTS to the contrary.

    Hey, Socialism has only killed 100 million people... let's give it another try!

    June 23, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  18. Annette

    It's a shame that on the subject of war, McCain does better. I would prefer a president that has a well-rounded strength in all areas of importance, because it should take good reason to go to war in the first place, anybody can command our troops to go fight, however, it takes a great leader to decide when to fight. I hope folks really take that to heart in November.

    June 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. CW4Barak

    Well if the American people allow the Republicans to scare them into voting them back into the White House because of the "war on terrorism" then we and not McBush have hit our heads....because we did that the last time and look where it got us. I am more interested in why I am paying over $4/gal for gas, can't pay for college, can barely buy food or clothes, why all my neighbors are foreclosing on their homes, why my friends are either losing their jobs or can't find any, why our brothers and sisters are dying in a war that was unnecessary, and why billions of my tax payer money is being wasted in a country that I really don't care about (Iraq) every day!

    So that's why this year we are less interested in the people of Iraq and more interested in the welfare of the people in the USA who are suffering badly!!

    June 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Greg, NY

    "In America, anyone can become president. That’s the problem." – George Carlin

    June 23, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. John McCain-McFlip-Flop-McBush is no "maverick"

    Get ready for the Bush administration to invade IRAN in order to "justify" putting Grampy McSame in office.

    June 23, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain

    No contest Mc Cain actually has the qualifications for the job....

    June 23, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Brian

    Vote for anyone but McCain.

    This announcement is paid for by the People Against the Violence directs towards Automobiles

    June 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  24. Taylor

    This thing is a done deal, but people like Wolf (who hates Obama) will spin the numbers to try to use them at McCain's advantage. Wolf is a big disappointment. He does not want to say anything positive about Obama without adding a "but...."
    He is the Mount Everest of bad journalism along with Dobbs, the Foxies and Scaborough.

    June 23, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Cynthia

    Wolf, if the truth be told Senator McCain scares me more about the war on terror than other issues. I can always adjust my budget or whatever to what he were to do.

    June 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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