July 2nd, 2008
01:40 PM ET
15 years ago

CNN Poll: Candidates' wives viewed favorably

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/02/art.wives.gi.jpg caption="A new CNN poll measures voters' attitudes toward Micelle Obama and Cindy McCain."](CNN) - A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows a majority of voters view Michelle Obama in a favorable light, while Cindy McCain is less known.

Those numbers contradict an AP/Yahoo poll released earlier Wednesday that showed more voters viewed Michelle Obama negatively than positively.

According to the new poll, 51 percent of registered voters report a favorable view of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's wife while 28 percent hold an unfavorable view. Just over 21 percent did not express an opinion.

Meanwhile, 39 percent of registered voters hold a favorable view of John McCain's wife, Cindy, while 23 percent report an unfavorable rating. The poll also shows she is considerably less known than Mrs. Obama - nearly 40 percnet report having no opinion of her.

"Don't read anything into the fact that Michelle Obama's favorable rating is higher than Cindy McCain's - Obama's unfavorable rating is higher than McCain's as well, and both of those measures are simply due to the fact that Obama is better known than McCain," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said.

The poll, conducted on June 26-29, surveyed 906 registered voters and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Waiting for another Rev Wright Sermon that's divisive.

    Does anyone find it FUNNY, that the person who did this poll, is named KEATING.

    That is stuff you just can't MAKE UP.


    July 2, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |

    You still have the erroneous numbers on Michelle Obama up on the boards.

    July 2, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  3. Neal of Atlanta, Ga.

    dave, g Minneapolis

    I couldn't agree with you more dude! It's seems every day there is a new poll that supposedly favors Barack or Michelle Obama. I find it hard to believe that so many view her favorably, when just a few months ago she was viewed as unpatriotic. All these polls are a bunch of nonsense that really don't mean a thing.....

    And to beleive most Americans actually beleive in and follow polls like they are scientific. I'm starting to beleive that all the major networks will say anything to put Obama in the spotlight.


    An uncomitted African-American

    July 2, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  4. aware

    You Michelle lovers really degrade her. If you are the type of voter who is pro Michelle, she must be a real loser! 🙂

    July 2, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  5. Salina

    I don't put too much credibility with polls. What they don't tell you is the number of respondents to these polls and where they came from. So when a polls say ' 75% of Americans say...' then in actuality only 7030 Americans responded to the so-called poll, then that's not a believeable result of American views. Polls are ridiculous and shouldn't be used as an indication of how to vote or what to believe about America as a whole, etc.

    CNN sucks big time!!!

    Obama 08/12

    July 2, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Songbird McCain

    Seriously CNN, will you please make up my mind! Do I like Mrs. Obama and hate Mrs. McCain or is it the other way around? This day has been exhausting not knowing where to focus my hate from one hour to the next!

    July 2, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Tom

    Wow – all the abuse of Cindy McCain – can't believe how racist Obama supporters have become.............maybe they were always like this?

    July 2, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Karen, Missouri

    I'm not impressed with Cindy McCain but absolutely impressed with Michelle. Michelle worked hard to get where she is today and I admire her a great deal. She's very "down to earth"...Cindy is just a Barbie doll and just as empty-headed.

    July 2, 2008 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Pat

    Wow CNN, just a couple hours ago you reported Michelle Obama had an unfavorable rating. I find it hard to believe the numbers changed so much in that amount of time. Or perhaps you realized you published something negative about an Obama and had to scramble to fix it.

    July 2, 2008 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Tammy - KCMO

    This tells me that these polls are absolutely useless and we should wait and see what happens in November instead of all these crystal ball predictions that news agencies keep coming out with.

    I think Michelle Obama is a very intelligent woman and people should quit reading the mindless rumors that abound about her and Barack. Unless you know her personally, people shouldn't be so judgemental.

    July 2, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  11. MARYANN Oswego IL

    I guess Obama's Chicago thugs got to CNN...this morning there was a poll on your ticker that says the opposite of this one....How many ways are we going to be forced to like MICHELLE and BARACK......I do not care for either candidate or their wives...at least Cindy McCain has done an incredible amount of charity work in her lifetime and continues to so...while Michelle's mouth has to be watched...Lets see her THESIS now before they CHANGE that too.

    July 2, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Doers and Achievers

    Cindy McCain thought nothing about having an affair with a married man (John McCain) who's wife was crippled in a car accident on Christmas Eve, who stayed loyal to him during his five years as a POW and was the mother to his one natural and two adopted children.

    John and Cindy are tarnished as far as I am concerned. I would rather have good ole Bill back in the office than them.

    July 2, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Obama Sheep.


    July 2, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Cynthia

    Michelle is you modern woman and most everyday women can identify with her. They are wifes, mothers and work outside the home.

    July 2, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  15. Gene

    This may be the most useless article I've seen here in ages. Who really cares?

    I do like that comment that this poll is named Keating though 🙂

    July 2, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Ruth -Az amazed of our choices

    I would not want to vote for a president whose wife makes bad comments as she does. She is young and is not in any postion to talk about others. If a woman can not take care of her own house, how could she take on the White House... Says Michelle to Senator Clinton.
    I am really proud of the country. Where has she ever lived that was as kind and accepting and this country.
    These are some of the reason I can't give my vote to Obama.

    July 2, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. Bryan

    CNN –

    i mean, serioulsy?

    Just three hours before this was posted, you have a story in which the first paragraph reads: “... a new poll out Wednesday suggests more Americans hold a negative view toward Michelle Obama than a positive one...”

    So, you're telling us that "most" or "more Americans" changed their minds 180 degrees???

    How can we possibly take these meaningless polls seriously? More importantly, how can we possibly take anything you report serisouly after this kind of garbage?

    July 2, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Adam from NY

    I love how we all still care about what polls have to say...despite two enormously different polls being posted just three posts apart.

    July 2, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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