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. Fitz

    CNN, air the video of McCain saying he didn't really love America until he was deprived of her company. C'mon air it, I know you've seen it because I have. Maybe that's why John and Cindy stopped saying it you think? because it came out. Well talk about it for a month or 2 like you did with Michelle. C'mon do it be fair.

    June 23, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. craig Startt

    And OBAMA is for what? Based on his background and experience doing WHAT? And his friends advise will come from WHO?
    PUHLEEZE.....Hillary at least has an answer to these questions.

    June 23, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. NickNas

    WOW!! REALLY??

    Hey Wolf I am looking for work. Seeing that your team is getting paid so much by CNN to come up OBVIOUS Things like " 2 guys going for office from different parties are strong on different issues" I would like to submit my resume. Lately all I have seen from your team is the obious or old news or simplt re runs of issues that are old and tired. I can help. I am sure I can do no worse than your tired crew.

    Oh yes ... I am sorry but I will NOT suck up to the Clintons as shamelessly as you do , that might be a deal breaker.

    June 23, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Can we just be American?

    One would think McSame will win when it comes to the war on terror as that is the makeshift war that Bush instigated and got us in this big mess and now we are in Iraq versus kicking behind in Afghanistanyes I am sure if Americans become bedazzled by MsSame stating that he will keep us safe kind of like Bush then he will be the favorite ... If that happens though I will loose all faith in America and the lost of credibility we have in the world will be well deserved....

    June 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. craig Startt

    Hey John Smith
    How about the COUNTRY instead of the DEMS? How about America instead of " the Party?"

    June 23, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Johnny in NYC

    All McCain voters should also have to enlist to fight the war in Iraq. Come on people stand and truly believe in your candidate and his views. You can vote for a college kid to sacrifice their life but you wouldn't do the same?????

    June 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Michael Ray Thompson

    Wow, your poll is amazing. John McCain is an experienced. war hero Republican. Barak Obama is a rookie U.S, Senator from Illonois. These polls will be all over the place. John McCain will be the next President!

    June 23, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. lil

    This is why black let it slip that a terrorist attack would help mccain j
    win, thank you Mr Black and Wolf for letting us know what your stratigy
    to win in november.

    June 23, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Enlightened Voter

    There is absolutely nothing or no one that could ever convince me to vote for mcwar.

    June 23, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  10. Phil Proud Republic from MA

    It would be nice if people actually knew things about war, politics, and the world. Most people know nothing about Iraq but still complain about it. Fact of the matter is that Obamas plan to rapidly pull our troops out will cause WW3. As soon as, we are out without a stable government in Iraq a civil war will errupt between the Sunni and Shia and Iran will join the fight to help the Shia because they are perdominately Shia. This will be a bloody civil war seeing that the war between Iran and Iraq during Saddam's rule was so bloody. At the same time the Kurds in the north will attempt to establish their own state, but Turkey which has brutal surpressed the Kurds in its country will quickly and violently take over the Kurdish state because it has vowed to do this to prevent its own Kurds from attempting to break away and join the Kurdish state. In addition to this, there is the possibility that countries around Iraq will jump in to try to lay a claim on the country's oil supply. The U.S. and U.N. will have to move in to protect the Iraq people from genocide. And yes the U.S. will have to go in because we seem to be the only state capable of winning World Wars with low losses.

    God Bless our brave troops. They are heroes protect our freedom everyday. Thank you all for what you do and sacrifice for us.

    June 23, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. tom

    Obama will fix everything. He'll just hold fundraisers and collect hundreds of millions from big and small, every and all contributors. CHANGE RULES!

    June 23, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Rea

    Obama has very little experience with the Military and with economics.
    We really need experience at this time. We don't need a rookie.
    Senator Clinton with her husband President Clinton would have been a winning ticket.
    He knows economic issues and Sentor Clinton is a known figure internationally.

    The Democrats really had two for the price of one with the Clintons.
    What happened?

    June 23, 2008 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  13. Obama: Carter's 2nd Term

    Fitz June 23rd, 2008 4:28 pm ET

    CNN, air the video of McCain saying he didn't really love America until he was deprived of her company. C'mon air it, I know you've seen it because I have. Maybe that's why John and Cindy stopped saying it you think? because it came out. Well talk about it for a month or 2 like you did with Michelle. C'mon do it be fair.


    Fair??? Why has no network and many cable news not reported that two DEM senator got VIP deals on their homes from Countrywide?? If they were Repub everyone would be talking about it.

    June 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. saga for Obama


    June 23, 2008 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. NY FEMALE SAYS MAC IS WACK!!!!!!!!!!

    People are stupid! They voted for Bush twice. I didn't and I'm not shocked!

    June 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Anita from Arizona

    You can flip flop on public financing. Noone cares about that. Don't flip flop on the environment and immigration reform. It makes you look like you are trying to appease your so called base. And if you keep referring to Obama's lack of experience, McCain will lose this election because that argument has no weight at all.

    June 23, 2008 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Juno

    Hillary is no longer in the race and get over it. On to new agenda. Yes Obama will win this fall and many people are excited about the change.

    Hillary was a good candidate, but not the best for the change going forward.

    June 23, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. Rea

    Obama has no knowledge of much of anything.
    He's a Chicago nobody.
    McCain will win this election because we want to be safe.

    Obama has weak morals.
    Obama still hasn't discussed his "non practicing" muslim father that might effect the international view of the US.

    Obama also has the Reverend Wright and his anti American racist hanging on his neck.

    Most people are not going to forget this issue, whether the media discusses it now or not.

    It would be as bad as having McCain having the KKK attached to him and then never discussing it.
    Obama is still being vetted.
    Obama is risky.
    Obama is radical.
    Obama is just plain scary.

    June 23, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. jeff

    it might be the wrong place but today the race card came up an i can tell you this i am not going to vote for a BLACK IN THIS LIFE TIME an your poles are wrong because everone i know has said they wont going to vote black ever i would vote for Bush again befor i vote BLACK i would vote for a DOG befor i vote BLACK ......obama is wrong for this country.

    June 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Kevin in Dallas, think about it sweetie it is Public Finance, I send $100.00 a month to his campaign I am the public and if he is trying not to be like that old Washington then don't do what they normally do and thats using that fund. McCaine have a problem with it because the people that support him does not send money to him like Obama's supporters do And the real problem is that he know Obama will out campagin him finacially. I am more concern about gas, people loosing there homes, jobs, war and education, those are my concerns. And I bet you one thing if McCains had received the amount of money like Obama he would opt out too, believe that.

    June 23, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. vw

    I prefer McCain 2008.
    You know, Wolf, Obama has such a good judgement about his paster, about his friend who play dirty politics in Chicago with bribery that he cannot be the president...

    June 23, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  22. jeff

    just like i said you wont print anything bad about that half breed obama

    June 23, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  23. JIM...TX

    52% think Republicans make us safe from terrorists!!! Thats amazing considering Bush's INVASION of Iraq has stoked the hatred of millions of radicals in the Middle East and if anything has made this country more of a target than...simply amazing an SAD!!

    June 23, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Carol, San Luis Obispo, CA

    Why does Wolf Blitzer always have that vacuous look on his face and mouth drawn like he just saw a ghost.

    June 23, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |


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