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. Brian

    To The Federalist:

    That's funny in your rant you gave no FACTS.... hahahahaha...

    June 23, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. James from Richmond

    Only we Americans would think that just because someone likes to fight wars that he or she would be a good general. The greatest warriors do their fighting before they get onto the battlefield and they don't even have to draw their weapon.
    War mongering has led us this far I wonder where else we will be going?
    Iran,China, North Korea bring them all on!

    June 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |

    The War in Terror is a FARCE. So, you mean to tell me that McCain is excelling in an issue that isn't even REAL? You'd better pay CLOSE attention as more of McCellan's testimony is elicited...

    June 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. JVD


    June 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. John McCain-McFlip-Flop-McBush is no "maverick"

    Look for a tape of Bin Laden or an invasion of IRAN from the Bush administration coming to a T.V. screen near you. Maybe they can dig up Tom Ridge to revive his useless color-coded terror alerts.

    June 23, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Al, NY NY

    hey McCain people! Is Obama a Marxist or a Socialist? They aren't the same so stop wth the stupid labels until you decide one way or the other

    June 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. saga for Obama

    you still scare me Wolf...

    June 23, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. joe

    Wait... what has McCain done to make us safer from terrorists?

    Oh, right. Nothing.

    June 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |

    Would it be possible ,one day on your show, to explain to the American public why nothing has been done in 35 years (since the Arab oil embargo) to produce not only alternative sources of energy but also make much more efficient cars? McCain wants to reward someone for buiding a better battery, but why now and not in 1973-2008? The was a lot of finger pointing between the two parties in 1973 and today the blame game continues but nothing has come from it. Please explain why.

    Thank you

    June 23, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. Nt

    Charlie Black just said another attack will benefit McCain. He's a senior advisor.

    June 23, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. JC FROM NJ

    I will vote for McCane because he promised he would send me and three of my closest friends the beautiful Baghdad Springs Resort. He said It would be a working vacation. I wonder what he meant by that?
    McCane in 08!

    June 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. a women for Obama

    hey mike... talk about educated huh? BUMB? what does that mean? LOL obama supporters make some bumb statements... well at least we can spell haha

    June 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. sherry

    I will vote for a level headed democrat any day over an over zealous hot tempered want to fight and go to war , I dont care if your straving the bible doesnt literally mean to feed the hungary I'm better than you spend spend spend republican.

    June 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. ANGIE


    June 23, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. John Smith

    Please, please, let the "bitter" and uninformed (and racially motivated) Hillary supporters not vote for Obama; let them throw their votes at McCain and watch their dreams and hopes go down the drain!

    These "bitter" voters should not be encouraged or begged to vote for Obama. For the educated and informed DEM, the primaries have always been about:
    1. The party, not the candidate
    2. The issues, not the candidate (gender, race or otherwise)
    3. The White House, not the candidate

    This is about winning the White House, gaining control to address issues of interest to DEMS, if people cannot see this as the goal, please let them vote for McCain! Let this nonsense and baby-talk stop!

    June 23, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. independent thought

    The Federalist... one word... idiot

    June 23, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  17. gl

    Wolf, I am not buying that one! McCain is out of touch on the war on terrorist.

    June 23, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Kevin in Dallas

    I simply love how Democrats are trying to paint a guy who spent years on end as a POW as a war monger. Has there ever been a presidential candidate with a better understanding of the cost of war?

    Obama's a great orator, but I'm starting to question his "change you can believe in" since he's tactics are no differant. Mention your opponent and the current President in the same sentence as much as possible. Make promises you don't keep and then lie about why (public financing). Now he's playing the race card to raise money. Now I'm not saying McCain is any better in that regard, but I actually believed Obama for a while. But this all day sucker is worn down to the soggy white stick.

    June 23, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. no mccain

    the only reason mccain is leading on the war on terror because the gop are good in using fear to scary the american people.

    June 23, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  20. Dennis

    I'm still waiting for an answer to this question. What is McCain going to do that is soooo different from GWB? He still supports GW's tax cuts and where has that got us?

    He has no plan for college. Obama? $4000 tax deduction.

    He wants to drill off shore even though the oil companies still have millions of acres available on their current leases that they will not drill. Obama has a long term plan for alternative fuel sources.

    He is for continuing the Iraq war. Obama is for ending it.

    I'm open minded. I believe in voting for someone who has my interests, so please Mr/Ms McCain supporter, enlighten me.

    June 23, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. American Me

    If this poll is accurate, then the American people must really love war-

    Because that's McCains answer to everything: bomb bomb bomb

    June 23, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Deb

    I think Senator Obama needs to educate people on the problems as they exist in Afghanistan. Needs to show how Senator McCain and all his foreign policy experience still focuses on the war in Iraq as we lose the battle against Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

    June 23, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. MLG

    I am picking McCain because I don't trust Obama. McCain 08

    June 23, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  24. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    @joe. Wait what has Obama done period? Oh right, NOTHING!!! He's the most unqualified candidate in at least 100 years. Standard Obama challenge: name one legislative accomplishment in the US Senate?

    June 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  25. terry

    What about Obama? "Mr. Right Judgment" is already flip-flopping. Who knows what this 'unknown' will do in the WH. He may flip-flop with the terrorist dictators. At least with McCain, we know that he will stand by his word. I trust McCain with National Security. If Obama is President, the only "Change" you will have will be in your Pockets. The only way he can pay for all the change that he wants is through higher taxes. He is the most radical of the senators on the Hill. And get this, he wants to tout the properous years during the Clinton-era as a campaign motivator. Wasn't he the one that criticized Hillary for what her husband did? Now he wants to give credit to what her husband did? Mr. Flip Flop Obama is at it again. Go figure.

    June 23, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
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