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.


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soundoff (128 Responses)
  1. MACCAIN IS PANAMEAN I CAN'T VOTE FOR HIM VOTE FOR OBAMA

    i didn't know if someone stole drugs, doesn't have a master or PHD, and have navy disability. and HE is not an american could run for President. So if Obama have a master degree in Law and Obama have education he's an american so he can be president not because he's black and not because of his inexperience. Because he's smart and intelligent . MACCAIN IS NOT AN EXEMPLE FOR OUR YOUNG CHILDREN HE DIDN'T HAVE AN EDUCATION, A MASTER DEGREE ONLY OF MILITARY AND MCCAIN WAS BORN IN PANAMA AND HIS WIFE STOLE DRUGS HOW CAN I VOTE FOR MCCAIN. NEVER MACCAIN BECAUSE I NEED EXAMPLE FOR MY CHILDREN FUTURE ABOUT HIS EDUCATION.

    June 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  2. Robin B

    I would like to see a liberal in the White House. However, Obama is just too inexperienced to be President. He really has not done anything that great in the Senate. And, even though I don't really care whether or not he takes public funding, I do care whether he keeps his word. He said he would take public funding, and I think he ought to do what he said. Also, I don't think he should have let Rezko help him out by buying the lot next door; it was an unethical deal.

    I don't agree with McCain on any of the issues; I can't vote for him. I don't know what to do about this predicament.

    June 23, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. Republicans for Obama

    McCain is a one trick pony. His so called "expertise" is on an issue with which the majority of Americans disagree with him. He and his fellow party members treat our soldiers as if they were expendable pieces on a chessboard. Obama seems to be of a much more sound mind and will thus be getting the vote of this moderate Republican and many others like me.

    June 23, 2008 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  4. Mimi De La Cruz for OBAMA

    WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND IS , HOW DOES ANYONE

    THINK MCBUSH WOULD DO A GOOD JOB AT THE

    DEFENSE OF THIS NATION, WHEN IN FACT, HE HAS

    ALREADY DONE A MISERABLY POOR JOB ALREADY,

    BY SUPPORTING THE IRAQ WAR???

    HOW IS GOING TO DO A GREAT JOB??

    HE HAS PROVEN HIS INCOMPETENCE AT IT ALREADY.

    IS HIS IQ GOING TO INCREASE BY JANUARY 09????

    June 23, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. Sharon Minnesota

    If Wolf says things will change, then things will change. Right Wolf? Yeah, for the betterment of us all they will swing to John McCain so we can survive as a nation and then we'll worry about how to spend all our money.

    June 23, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  6. Crying Wolf

    Okay Wolf, it's time to go home. Of course they're strong on different issues. I'm changing to Fox Noise or that riveting broadcast "Fox and All White Friends".

    June 23, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Vig

    Obama strong on issues? Every thing that comes out of his mouth now is probably being programmed by the Democratic party. They are probably telling him when he can relieve himself and when he can't.

    June 23, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  8. eric, minnesota

    Amarissa

    Why dont you back up some of your ridiculous statements with some facts!!! Oh, wait, you probably dont have any. You are just like every other right wing nut job that just spews out anything without getting any proof. John McCain hates women, and dogs, and cats. He lies about everything. SEE I CAN MAKE STUFF UP TOO!!!!

    June 23, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  9. Jonathan

    Wolf, find another story to stir up controversy and hatred. Trying to rehash old news story about Barack Obama and asking where is the support from Pres. Bill Clinton because you have nothing at all substantive to report. No one in the Obama camp is thinking about when the former Pres. will announce his support of Sen. Obama. Get a new job Wolf!

    June 23, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  10. Belle

    Let's see....so far Senator Obama has broken his word on fund-raising, and has flopped on NAFTA, then says that the Republicans will try and make us afraid of him because he is black.

    Doesn't he realize the reason we are afraid is because he does NOT keep his word, his policies are going to cost tons of money, and America will not be able to pay for it without higher taxes in every single corner?

    He also sponsored a bill to cut down global poverty that will send billions overseas...

    When will the government get it that the money now needs to be spent at HOME first? Instead of giving billions to the UN, who did NOT help with the war in Iraq, perhaps those billions should be spent to help build the US economy, rebuild the infrastructure, help the flood victims and rebuild the levees in New Orleans. What about all of the folks that did not have flood insurance or lost their homes in fires or tornadoes?

    Do we see money from all over the world pouring in to help us out?
    I think not. Sometimes you just have to reinvest in home first.

    Unfortunately, NEITHER candidate wants to do that.

    June 23, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. slack

    how can people think that obama's doing a better job on health care, the economy , energy, and taxes when he hasn't even done anything?

    obama's just a smooth-talking, clueless phony who prays on people's emotions.

    June 23, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  12. Juan Grain

    They must mean the terror on war!

    June 23, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  13. Justice League

    Andrew and Mike, just say no to drugs, and get yourselves checked into a rehabilitation clinic, now. They are seriously warping your brains, and you need serious help. The last 7 1/2 years have not been good for America. And Obama thinks he is the democratic nominee for President of the United States. And he will win in November. And he is right.

    June 23, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  14. Nikhil from Maryland

    ok first of some of you are reatrded. Socialism has killed no one, communism has killed 100 million people, i like how the stupid republicans liek to say that soialism is bad.Obama isnt expierianced, so what. Was JFK expierianced, NO, was Teddy roosevelt expierianced, No, heck Bill Clinton wasnt expierianced eighter, so hillary fans sut up. Plus Hillary fans said hillar's better because of expieriance, would McSame do better then her in that. Obama will win, McSame will retire, and hillary will not be VP.

    June 23, 2008 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  15. Marc PDX

    The war on terror will probably not emerge as the top issue before the election (we're well protected currently), but it probably will after the election when Obama let's our guard down. Too late, but it'll be the will of the people...

    NObama N'08

    June 23, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  16. Devon Spencer (Lancaster, PA)

    I don't know how this poll is accurate. Americans are tired of the Iraq war and McCain wants to continue it until our non-achievable mission is completed. Barack Obama wants to end the Iraq war slowly and safely (not immediately like McCain said Obama would do).

    June 23, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. gobo

    It surprises me what the basis is for people to believe that McCain is stronger in forgein policy/national security. Because the guy used to be in the army or he talks tough does not make him strong in those area.

    June 23, 2008 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  18. Mcshame

    WHO CARES ABOUT A WAR THAT HAS NO BENEFITS. mCCAIN IS NOT A BENEFIT FOR MY POCKET SO I AM VOTING FOR dEMOCRATS. i WILL NOT VOTE MCCAIN ALL HE KNOW IS WARS. oBAMA 08!!!

    June 23, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  19. Willy

    It's easy Wolf. Obama is a tax and spend socialist puppet. McCain is a republican with democrat streaks.

    June 23, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  20. xddy4u

    Leave it up to Wolfe to come out with all this poll BS. He's the master of the s–t stirrers.

    June 23, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  21. joeskeys2thegame

    Most of America wants out of Iraq but Obama and McCain poll to a standstill. Bush/McCain policies have done everything imagineable to inflame and broaden the conflict and increase global terrorism and McCain is still given a huge edge in "War on Terror."

    This is a question of perception. Democrats have every reason to argue that they are better equipped on foreign policy and national security with the Republicans. They can't run away from this fight and rely on the economy. They have to hit it head on. Right now Obama is doing that. Hopefully America can take note.

    June 23, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  22. Seth...IN

    Both candidates have issues that are not favorable for president, Obama is young, radical, and inexperienced overall. McCain is old, not quite conservative not quite liberal. Obama, like many of his liberal predecessors can speak very well and give moving speeches, but when it comes down to it speaking is not doing squat, it is action that will do any good for our country and frankly larger, stronger central government is not the answer at all! WHEN we have our next terrorist attack (hopefully not) but it may be inevitable, and if it is from a country like Iran or North Korea, etc.... who do you want in the oval office and earth loving peace at all cost isolationist or a confident, tested, experienced leader when we have to react? America will choose in November.

    June 23, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. sandor

    I don't know why Wolf Blitzer doesn't just join the Republican party. You can see that he is biased as old hell and the same goes with half the media. Corporate cronies versus the real people of America.
    What a corrupt system! What a corrupt democracy!

    June 23, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  24. Michelle from Colorado

    It is funny how these two are seen as doing a better or a worse job of anything. This is not either one of their jobs at this moment. People are wishing that one or the other is or would be doing better on this that or the other issue. Somehow, this year, people stopped looking at the current track record of the candidates and instead just wish or think when it comes down to it, they will be successful. This is not based on any evidence. It's just who told the best fish story.

    June 23, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  25. Brian in So. Cal.

    hey mike in syracuse – i believe GWB had the experience and the family tree to back it up and look what a mess he delivered. after 8 years i don't think anyone needs to indure anymore of his experience. i'll take young, energetic, intelligent leader over an 80 y/o retread. why don't we go with a 100 y/o, they would be overflowing with experience.

    June 23, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
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