November 3rd, 2008
05:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Poll: Who would voters be prouder to have as president?

(CNN) - Coming into the home stretch, voters’ views of Barack Obama and John McCain seem relatively locked in place, according to a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Monday.

With just one full day of campaigning left, 59 percent of voters feel Obama is someone who can bring change; roughly the same number say McCain is not. Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed think McCain has the right experience to be president, but voters remain less certain about Obama: Half the country says the Illinois senator has the experience he’d need in the Oval Office, and nearly the same number do not.

Working in Obama’s favor is the perception that he is as strong a leader as McCain: the two are essentially tied, at 64 and 62 percent.

And Obama seems to have an edge on the question of which candidate cares about people: Two-thirds of those polled believe Obama cares about people like them. Fifty-four percent say the same of McCain.

No matter which candidate comes out on top, a majority of voters say they’ll be proud of their new Commander-in-chief: Sixty percent of registered voters surveyed say they would be proud to have Obama as president, and 54 percent feel that way about McCain.

The survey was based on telephone interviews with 1,017 adult Americans, including 950 registered voters and 716 likely voters, conducted October 30-November 1, 2008. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percent.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • CNN poll • Extra • John McCain
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. joe



    November 3, 2008 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  2. Francis

    Obama has got a modern carrissma for a true leadership! I think he would somehow brings the very change Americans need at this defining moment of financial break down!

    November 3, 2008 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  3. Noah

    Wow Obama supporters are completely unrealistic and uninformed. Obama supporters can make the case that McCain voted with Bush 90% of the time, but Obama voted with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi over 95% of the time and they are more unpopular than Bush is! Of course no one will hold Obama accountable for that distinction because you all are crazy and think Obama is the Messiah.

    November 3, 2008 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. Alex

    What struck me is that, CNN always pull a video from Obama' s family in Kenya, one day before election.

    CNN skillfully tried that on the eve and on the day on the New Hampshire Primary, which Obama lost surprisingly.

    Now I don't think it is helpful at all, for not saying there may be something behind the new video of the Obama kenya relative, practicing with or in Muslim outfit.

    I even doubt the man show in the pictures has anything to do with Obama. The world is watching and take note.

    November 3, 2008 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  5. Elizabeth

    It scares me to death to thnk that America could have a liberal like Obama presiding over this country. Americas need to wake up. They have no idea all the long range implications of having someone this liberal in the White House. How could someone sit in church and share his liberal views is beyond me.

    November 3, 2008 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  6. carl

    if bush can win 2 terms why can't obama be president of america? America should feel prouder and the will feel prouder of obama as president

    November 3, 2008 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  7. h- UK

    If your grandad, also a war hero, turned around and said to you that he wants to run your business, manage your team, be captain of your football squad you would laugh

    November 3, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  8. john

    For me why america needs obama in this current period is not only limited to economy but the country's image in the world that is more of an enemy of other developed and developing world simply because of the republicans poor foreign policy. Obama seems to have the package of change that will improve the most powerful nation's image in the eyes of the world. Americans have the opportunity to help themselves by voting right and voting for obama, this will no doubt reduce their expenses of converting terrorism by big margin as change in the foreign policy will increase their safety all over the world.

    November 3, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Tess

    I have never seen Obama got angry even when McCain many time said that he does not understands a lot of things or naive ia many my issues. McCain what I heard is the most difficult man to work with. Obama may become a wonderful, very smart and with strong decisions commander-in-chief.

    November 3, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. Another grumpy old white woman for Obama

    Obama, of course.
    I am even embarrased and ashamed by McCain's campaign.
    GWB humiliated us, made us a joke and ,because he is a liar, all
    Americans are looked at as liars. McCain is also a liar.
    We need to get our respect and credibilty back.

    November 3, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  11. nitin jaiswal

    These are the views and hopes of a non American and a Non Resident of US who wants a strong and powerful America.

    Will Nov. 4th be a cliff hanger, will the Americans this time create a history by electing a non white as the president or is it that the White House is meant only for the whites. As far as I am concerned, it is not the question of race or the color but the candidates' credentials and thinking itself and that is why I wish and hope Obama wins.


    In the last 8 years, US as a Big Brother has lost its power, standing and respect with international population. Whatever the people might say,I feel that the world needs a Big Brother in US, but with a completely new approach. It is the time for America to reinvent itself and not continue with more of the same. Obama's relative young age and inexperience will help him break away from the past and help in reinventing US policies.

    Time and again Bush's arrogance has led to unneccessary wars and that is what McCain and Palin stand for – same old American arrogance.
    You need an American president who will reach out to the world and mend its relationship and gain its respect back. Obama's approach of reaching out to the countries diplomatically rather then the war has got him so popular with population across the globe.

    The world needs peace, the world needs a financially strong America, and then world needs a less arrogant, more outward looking and more approachable America and that is why Obama is able to connect to the world.

    McCain comes across as more hawkish, more dramatic and less stable (i.e someone who keeps changing his mind and that is the definition of a maverick). The world does not need an American President who"s perceived strength is War. By the way I am not even talking about Palin as she is not even worth mentioning, John McCain is still acceptable but Palin as a VP will show Americans intelligence in poor light (but as I always joke, if Americans can elect Bush two times what makes us think that they will not select Palin).

    In the industrial world – America stands for opportunity- no other country provides the freedom and opportunity to make it big as much as America does, but when it comes to its politics, it is yet to prove its maturity- religion still plays an important role in US politics, no woman has managed to take the top position (not meaning to say that this is the time by selecting Palin!!) nor a non white. This is the time for the US population to take the US politics to the next level.

    November 3, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  12. mitch

    i would be as proud of mccain as i am with bush. they both make me want to puke.

    November 3, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Deanna

    How can I be proud of a president whose wife was not even proud of her country until her husbands run for president?

    November 3, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. ChrisfromGuyana

    Definitely Obama. Even from over here I can feel the energy he has generated. I think america has reached a new era where race is not so much a consideration in selecting a new president. America vote for obama the world will be proud of you again.

    November 3, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  15. kim~richmond,va

    Obama, as President can make things seem almost okay in America for Minorities. It is time for a change. McCain is the same as every President on currency. It is time!

    November 3, 2008 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. Pat

    It's time to END the great OBAMA ILLUSION !!!!!!!

    COUNTRY FIRST – no more silly hat tricks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    McCain / Palin — YES WE WILL !!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2008 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
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