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. Val, Atlanta, Ga

    Being a POW does not make you a good leader nor does it make you better understanding the cost of war and from the sound of it, it doesn't make you better at fighing it either, CNN I hope you let this one go thru as you didn't the other one, some time I think CNN forget about freedom of speech when it comes to some.

    June 23, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Montana is Obama Country

    Do a POLL on who wants change in media coverage and I'll bet you will get strong results there too..

    Sometimes you guys just wast valuable time on crap...

    June 23, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  3. Zoe

    we vote for McCain More experience No way vote for Nobama
    just flip flip Flop
    Wow what happen when he become president !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    McCain doing better job
    he never look like Bush
    What is wrong with Bush he done so many nice work in Iraq and Afghanistan
    Come on people Give a credit to Our Troops your they are our sons our children
    They are fighting to save our Country for US
    Go McCain 2008
    I was Hillary supporter
    I will never vote form him

    June 23, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. ANGIE

    ok folks watch the flood of bin laden tapes hitting the air waves soon get ready for the fear people bin laden will be all over the news i say around sept october mark my words everybody be prepared to be scared thats what they want so mccain can win well dont fall for it only an idiot brainless person will fall for the gop smear and fear machine

    June 23, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  5. Me, Brooklyn, NY

    The Federalist is right.
    I'm an Independent, but I can't be fooled by Obama's fairy tails.
    It is so funny to see these all naive people on Obama's Performances/Lectures.
    They are listening to him with their open mouths and with hope, that when he becomes the President, he will give them everything, because he promises everything. Where is he going to find money for all of his future programs?
    Communism is when everyone has the same. If you rich they will take from you, if you poor they will give you and everyone will be happy. Don't forget, that everyone has to work for free. Is it what you want, educated audience?
    These are utopias and Obama is an utopist.

    June 23, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  6. Bishop

    "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."

    This is because of the FEAR tactics Republicans play(ied)...

    June 23, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  7. DUBE P

    I have been asking this question for a long time.WHY DO HILLARY SUPPOTERS HATE OBAMA WITH SUCH VERNOM? Where exactly is their anger coming from? Is it racism, subconcious-racism,sexism or just pure Satanism? I wonder! Can I challenge them to tally the number of times he spoke good about Hillary versus HER about HIM. Tally their negative ads also. They must not confuse Obama with the DNC, the media or the SUPER DELAGATES. The man is just good. Hillary is good also. Its them who are developing a 'coronary' and not OBAMA. I seriuosly hope none of them are Christians, or else they must consider forming a SATANIST movement. In fairness Hillary has had a long time in politics, and this is a chance for others. Those who are against CHANGE please go and leave in ZIMBABWE and prove your resolve.

    June 23, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Bishop

    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 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. ginger

    Why isn't CNN talking about McCains conflict of interest in Cindy's beer company? The L.A. Times has the story Sunday on the front page. Great story and I am interested to see how keeps his distance on this one.

    All these petty issues keep Americans in the dark about the real issues.

    June 23, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Anne Woods

    A bit off subject, but why hasn't Barack Obama been arrested and/or fined for violating U.S. Code Law: US Code: Title 18,13:

    § 713. Use of likenesses of the great seal of the United States, the seals of the President and Vice President, the seal of the United States Senate, the seal of the United States House of Representatives, and the seal of the United States Congress

    (a) Whoever knowingly displays any printed or other likeness of the great seal of the United States, or of the seals of the President or the Vice President of the United States, or the seal of the United States Senate, or the seal of the United States House of Representatives, or the seal of the United States Congress, or any facsimile thereof, in, or in connection with, any advertisement, poster, circular, book, pamphlet, or other publication, public meeting, play, motion picture, telecast, or other production, or on any building, monument, or stationery, for the purpose of conveying, or in a manner reasonably calculated to convey, a false impression of sponsorship or approval by the Government of the United States or by any department, agency, or instrumentality thereof, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

    June 23, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. McBride, SLC, UT

    Oh, so is it any wonder why Mr. Black was out today noting McCain would benefit from another Terroist attack. Get ready America. Here comes the Republican scare tactics again!

    June 23, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. gastoys

    There is one HUGE flaw in the study that Obama has more educated voters on his side. 99% of our education systems promote liberal idealism to young America so it is only logical that the most liberal candidate receive the votes from the most liberal Americans.. Education provides knowledge, but not necessary intelligence. Remember the average American scores 25 points over mentally retarded on the IQ test and many of those go off to receive college degrees. I know someone who is highly intelligent with an IQ of 150 and never graduated from high school, yet they have written numerous books, own their own very successful company and are no supporters of Obama. I also know people who have an average IQ with a Doctorates degree and are supporting Obama. I myself am in-between the two with a BA Degree and not supporting either candidate.

    Bob Barr 08

    June 23, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. steve

    What a load of nonsense. If McCain touts the same positions as Bush, how could he possibly be better on the so-called war on terror. CNN, please start reporting news instead of useless hearsay.

    June 23, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  14. J, Denver CO

    I'm sure the McShame camp will continue to play on voters fear in terms of the so called "War on Terror". They'll trump something up to try and scare us into voting for him.

    June 23, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Enlightened Voter

    Johnny in NYC – I agree with you 1000% mccain loves war, it is all he talks about as do most repubicans. It would be different though if those same supporters had to go off and fight.

    June 23, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  16. Older white woman for OBAMA!

    Terrorism is the republicans bread and butter. It’s the ONLY thing they think they can use to win this election. The irony is that they’ve single handedly made the country a lot MORE vulnerable to terrorism. It’s like a business model to them. The breed hatred and radicals across the globe so they can stay in business.

    June 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. Mike

    What!!! McBush is stronger on the war on terror?! My God people. McBush wants to start World war three with Iran while we have all of our Army tied up in a useless war in Iraq. His own Generals have told him that this would be suicide. McBush sings crazy little songs about bombing Iran. McBush does not know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite (or care). McBush is a foriegn affairs nightmare and will screw up the war on terror more than Bush has.

    June 23, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Joel

    I wish people would get their facts straight before posting their rants. It is really annoying to read crap like this.

    June 23, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Republican who loves OBAMA

    Welcome back Senator Clinton! You look amazing! Can't wait to see you on the stump with OBAMA! Now, for all of her former supporters still hurting from the primaries, I feel your pain, I have always loved and admired Senator Clinton, but she lost and as a TRUE DEMOCRAT we have to support the nominee, which is Senator OBAMA. Think with your head, and not your heart when you vote in November. If you truly supported Senator Clinton and her values, those are the same as OBAMA's, a vote for McCain is a slap in the face against Senator Clinton. Think about that, he does not share true Democratic values, in fact he depises them. He does not have the experience or your best interests at heart.

    June 23, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  20. Independent-woman-4-Obama

    I am amazed that people are supporting McCain, and that the margin is so narrow. The Republicans have done a lot to hurt our nation but people are not aware of what's coming if McCain wins this election.

    More war, possibly with Iran, since we will need to secure even more oil!

    Growing national debt, obviously people don't care that we owe over $10 TRILLION TO CHINA, SAUDI ARABIA AND DUBAI.

    More of the same......... we need to wake up people!

    June 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Andrew

    Mike, yes, you got it man! I'm with you! Who does this Obama guy think he is? And Barack supports, nothing but a bunch of clueless morons. You hit the nail right on the head. That's why smart people like us are voting for John McCain!

    John McCain, because the last 7 years have been so good for America and Americans!

    June 23, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. frank

    its true some obama supports dont know any thing about war or are
    young man and woman over there
    are they cowards? NO do they want to run away ?NO
    leave it to are young man and woman
    IF they didnt want to go : LIKE BUSH
    then they should have stayed out

    June 23, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  23. Lynn, Missouri

    Interesting poll, Wolf. Time will tell. Anything can happen in the next 4 months. These are remarkable times.

    June 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. bernj

    What war on terror? There is no war on terror. There is a war by the repug government on the constitution and individual liberty.

    Terrorists are real and need to be dealt with. However, the constant erosion of the constitutional rights of American citizens for the war on terror...or the war on drugs...or the war on whatever the govenments decides creates fear......is not worth it. I want to be safe but I want to be free too.

    June 23, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. rocky

    Glad to see that most Americans can see a true leader for the continuous war on terror. This war will continue for many years to come and we need a strong, confident leader to stand up to the forces of evil.

    McCain will narrow the gap regarding health care, tax reform and energy once he gets to debate Obama and the public comes to the realization that Obama is promising everything and has no way to pay for his programs without killing the economy and raising taxes on EVERYONE.


    June 23, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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