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Americans' perceptions of Obama/McCain (Gallup)

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posted on Aug, 28 2008 @ 11:26 AM
This is an interesting article posted on Gallup this morning. While it's a poll, it's not a presidential "who will win" poll. It asked people about various qualities and characteristics and asked people which one applied more to Obama or McCain. Here is how they fared.

Obama came out ahead in the following:

* Cares about the needs of people like you - Obama (53%); McCain (33%)
* Would work well with both parties to get things done in Washington - Obama (51%); McCain (38%)
* Is independent in his thoughts and actions - Obama (50%); McCain (37%)
* Shares your values - Obama (47%); McCain (40%)
* Puts the country's interests ahead of his own political interests - Obama (44%); McCain (42%) - this was one I found particularly interesting. Even though Obama campaigns on being a different kind of politician, it looks like not many people give him credit for actually practicing what he preaches.

The two men TIED on the following question which I found astounding:

* Is honest and trustworthy - Obama (39%); McCain (39%) - Apparently people trust the two equally as well, which I find astounding considering all of the slander you hear against McCain in the media and on these boards.

And McCain came out ahead in the following:

* Can manage the government effectively - Obama (43%); McCain (44%)
* Is a strong and decisive leader - Obama (40%); McCain (48%)

And then the last question asked, which is very significant IMO, was "Do you think Obama/McCain can or cannot handle the responsibilities of Commander in Chief?"

The response was:

Obama - Can (53%); Cannot (44%); No Opinion (3%)

McCain - Can (80%); Cannot (18%); No Opinion (2%)

Clearly McCain beat Obama by a wide, wide margin on that question.

McCain's edge almost certainly reflects in part that he was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and an officer in the U.S. Navy for decades, while Obama did not serve in the military. It may also reflect the fact that McCain is older, has more experience in the U.S. Senate and federal government, and has taken a leading role in the Senate in many foreign policy issues, most notably the Iraq war. If these are the major underlying facts informing Americans' opinions about the candidates, then it is unclear to what extent Obama's rhetoric or McCain's campaign ads could change the existing perceptions.


posted on Aug, 28 2008 @ 01:29 PM
What I cannot understand... Or maybe I can, but...

Why was NEITHER available to be chosen? Shame no one cares for the truth

posted on Aug, 28 2008 @ 01:49 PM
Doesn't really surprise me. He trumps McCain on everything except leadership, because he lacks experience, and the military, because he lacks experience.

Two things that haven't really changed for him since the beginning, though, he's not as far behind as McCain is on those other aspects when it comes to Leadership so who knows how it will end up in the coming months.

Pretty sure McCain will always hold the "military" portion, though. I'll never understand why, guys on the Senate for 20+ years and Walter Reed was still a dump.

posted on Aug, 28 2008 @ 02:16 PM
A surprising number of people appear to agree with Bush's foreign policy and the war in Iraq, thus McCain's popularity on those issues. Democrats tend to believe you can't export democracy by force.

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