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The percentages in the first column, labeled "Total," show the proportion of the electorate that is in each subgroup -- these columns are always read down vertically.

The percentages in all remaining columns are read across horizontally (those to the right of the "Total" column). These percentages show how the particular subgroup of voters divided their vote among the candidates or vote question.

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2008 National Poll

Presidential

Sample: 17,836 respondents
  • Are you:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Male
    47%
    49%
    48%
  • Female
    53%
    56%
    43%
  • Sample: 17,773 respondents
  • Sex by race
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • White men
    36%
    41%
    57%
  • White women
    39%
    46%
    53%
  • Black men
    5%
    95%
    5%
  • Black women
    7%
    96%
    3%
  • Latino men
    4%
    64%
    33%
  • Latino women
    5%
    68%
    30%
  • All other races
    5%
    64%
    32%
  • Sample: 17,469 respondents
  • Are you:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • White
    74%
    43%
    55%
  • Black
    13%
    95%
    4%
  • Hispanic/Latino
    9%
    67%
    31%
  • Asian
    2%
    62%
    35%
  • Other
    3%
    66%
    31%
  • Sample: 17,515 respondents
  • Age, four categories
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • 18-29
    18%
    66%
    32%
  • 30-44
    29%
    52%
    46%
  • 45-64
    37%
    50%
    49%
  • 65+
    16%
    45%
    53%
  • Sample: 17,696 respondents
  • Age-65
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • 18-24
    10%
    66%
    32%
  • 25-29
    8%
    66%
    31%
  • 30-39
    18%
    54%
    44%
  • 40-49
    21%
    49%
    49%
  • 50-64
    27%
    50%
    49%
  • 65 or over
    16%
    45%
    53%
  • Sample: 17,696 respondents
  • Age by race
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • White 18-29
    11%
    54%
    44%
  • White 30-44
    20%
    41%
    57%
  • White 45-64
    30%
    42%
    56%
  • White 65+
    13%
    40%
    58%
  • Black 18-29
    3%
    95%
    4%
  • Black 30-44
    4%
    96%
    4%
  • Black 45-64
    4%
    96%
    3%
  • Black 65+
    1%
    94%
    6%
  • Latino 18-29
    3%
    76%
    19%
  • Latino 30-44
    3%
    63%
    36%
  • Latino 45-64
    2%
    58%
    40%
  • Latino 65+
    1%
    68%
    30%
  • All other
    5%
    64%
    33%
  • Sample: 17,406 respondents
  • 2007 total family income:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Under $15,000
    6%
    73%
    25%
  • $15,000 - $29,999
    12%
    60%
    37%
  • $30,000 - $49,999
    19%
    55%
    43%
  • $50,000 - $74,999
    21%
    48%
    49%
  • $75,000 - $99,999
    15%
    51%
    48%
  • $100,000 - $149,999
    14%
    48%
    51%
  • $150,000 - $199,999
    6%
    48%
    50%
  • $200,000 or more
    6%
    52%
    46%
  • Sample: 15,992 respondents
  • Total family income:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Less than $50,000
    38%
    60%
    38%
  • $50,000 or more
    62%
    49%
    49%
  • Sample: 15,992 respondents
  • Total family income:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Less than $100,000
    74%
    55%
    43%
  • $100,000 or more
    26%
    49%
    49%
  • Sample: 15,992 respondents
  • Total family income:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Under $50,000
    38%
    60%
    38%
  • $50,000-$99,999
    36%
    49%
    49%
  • $100,000 or more
    26%
    49%
    49%
  • Sample: 15,992 respondents
  • Income by Race
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Under 50k and White
    25%
    47%
    51%
  • Over 50k and White
    49%
    43%
    56%
  • Under 50k and Non-white
    13%
    86%
    13%
  • Over 50k and Non-white
    13%
    75%
    22%
  • Sample: 15,765 respondents
  • What was the last grade of school you completed?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Did not complete high school
    4%
    63%
    35%
  • High school graduate
    20%
    52%
    46%
  • Some college or associate degree
    31%
    51%
    47%
  • College graduate
    28%
    50%
    48%
  • Postgraduate study
    17%
    58%
    40%
  • Sample: 17,579 respondents
  • What was the last grade of school you completed?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • More than high school grad
    76%
    52%
    46%
  • High school graduate or less
    24%
    54%
    44%
  • Sample: 17,579 respondents
  • What was the last grade of school you completed?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • College graduate
    44%
    53%
    45%
  • No college degree
    56%
    53%
    46%
  • Sample: 17,579 respondents
  • Education by race
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • White college graduates
    35%
    47%
    51%
  • White non-college graduates
    39%
    40%
    58%
  • Non White college graduates
    9%
    75%
    22%
  • Non White non-college graduates
    16%
    83%
    16%
  • Sample: 17,294 respondents
  • No matter how you voted today, do you usually think of yourself as a:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Democrat
    39%
    89%
    10%
  • Republican
    32%
    9%
    90%
  • Independent or something else
    29%
    52%
    44%
  • Sample: 17,601 respondents
  • Party by race
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • White Democrats
    23%
    85%
    14%
  • White Independents
    23%
    47%
    49%
  • White Republicans
    29%
    8%
    91%
  • All other
    26%
    80%
    18%
  • Sample: 17,297 respondents
  • On most political matters, do you consider yourself:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Liberal
    22%
    89%
    10%
  • Moderate
    44%
    60%
    39%
  • Conservative
    34%
    20%
    78%
  • Sample: 16,750 respondents
  • Is this the first year you have ever voted?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Yes
    11%
    69%
    30%
  • No
    89%
    50%
    48%
  • Sample: 8,505 respondents
  • When did you finally decide for whom to vote in the presidential election?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Just today
    4%
    50%
    45%
  • In the last three days
    3%
    47%
    52%
  • Sometime last week
    3%
    48%
    50%
  • Earlier in October
    15%
    54%
    43%
  • Sometime in September
    14%
    54%
    45%
  • Before that
    60%
    52%
    47%
  • Sample: 13,271 respondents
  • Time: Last three days/Earlier than that
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Today/In the last three days
    7%
    49%
    48%
  • Sometime last week or earlier
    91%
    53%
    46%
  • Sample: 13,271 respondents
  • Time: Last week/Earlier than that
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Today/In last 3 days/Sometime last week
    10%
    48%
    48%
  • In the last month or before that
    88%
    53%
    46%
  • Sample: 13,271 respondents
  • Time: Last three days/October/September/Earlier than that
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Today/In last three days
    7%
    49%
    48%
  • Earlier in October
    18%
    53%
    44%
  • Sometime in September
    14%
    54%
    45%
  • Before that
    60%
    52%
    47%
  • Sample: 13,271 respondents
  • Did anyone call you or talk to you in person on behalf of either major presidential campaign about coming out to vote?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Yes, for Barack Obama
    13%
    80%
    19%
  • Yes, for John McCain
    6%
    17%
    82%
  • Yes, for both Obama and McCain
    13%
    47%
    51%
  • No, I was not contacted
    66%
    50%
    48%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • Did anyone call you or talk to you in person on behalf of either major presidential campaign about coming out to vote?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • For Obama/Both
    26%
    64%
    34%
  • For McCain/Neither
    72%
    48%
    50%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • Did anyone call you or talk to you in person on behalf of either major presidential campaign about coming out to vote?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • For McCain/Both
    18%
    38%
    60%
  • For Obama/Neither
    79%
    55%
    43%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • If Barack Obama wins today, what best describes your feelings about what he will do as president?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Excited
    30%
    98%
    2%
  • Optimistic, but not excited
    24%
    77%
    20%
  • Concerned, but not scared
    20%
    18%
    80%
  • Scared
    24%
    4%
    95%
  • Sample: 4,293 respondents
  • If John McCain wins today, what best describes your feelings about what he will do as president?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Excited
    14%
    7%
    92%
  • Optimistic, but not excited
    32%
    13%
    86%
  • Concerned, but not scared
    25%
    79%
    18%
  • Scared
    28%
    95%
    2%
  • Sample: 4,293 respondents
  • Religion, combined Protestant and other Christian.
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Protestant/Other Christian
    54%
    45%
    54%
  • Catholic
    27%
    54%
    45%
  • Jewish
    2%
    78%
    21%
  • Something else
    6%
    73%
    22%
  • None
    12%
    75%
    23%
  • Sample: 4,103 respondents
  • Religion among whites
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • White Protestant/Other Christian
    42%
    34%
    65%
  • White Catholic
    19%
    47%
    52%
  • White Jewish
    2%
    83%
    16%
  • White something else
    3%
    67%
    28%
  • White none
    8%
    71%
    26%
  • Non-white
    26%
    79%
    18%
  • Sample: 4,080 respondents
  • How often do you attend religious services?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • More than once a week
    12%
    43%
    55%
  • Once a week
    27%
    43%
    55%
  • A few times a month
    15%
    53%
    46%
  • A few times a year
    28%
    59%
    39%
  • Never
    16%
    67%
    30%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • How often do you attend religious services?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Weekly
    40%
    43%
    55%
  • Occasionally
    42%
    57%
    42%
  • Never
    16%
    67%
    30%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • Church attendance by Religion
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Protestant/Attend weekly
    15%
    32%
    67%
  • Protestant/Do not attend weekly
    15%
    45%
    54%
  • Catholic/Attend weekly
    12%
    49%
    50%
  • Catholic/Do not attend weekly
    14%
    58%
    40%
  • All Others
    42%
    63%
    35%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • White Evangelical/Born-again Christians
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • White Evangelical/Born-again Christians
    26%
    24%
    74%
  • All others
    74%
    62%
    36%
  • Sample: 13,234 respondents
  • White Born Again Protest/Other Christ
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • White Protestant evangelical
    23%
    26%
    73%
  • White Protestant non-evangelical
    19%
    44%
    55%
  • All others
    58%
    67%
    31%
  • Sample: 3,966 respondents
  • Do you or your spouse have any investments in the stock market, including mutual funds or retirement plans?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Yes
    66%
    50%
    48%
  • No
    34%
    61%
    37%
  • Sample: 4,339 respondents
  • Are you currently married?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Yes
    66%
    47%
    52%
  • No
    34%
    65%
    33%
  • Sample: 4,299 respondents
  • Do you have any children under 18 living in your household?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Yes
    40%
    53%
    45%
  • No
    60%
    53%
    45%
  • Sample: 4,303 respondents
  • Parents
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Men with children
    19%
    48%
    50%
  • Women with children
    21%
    57%
    41%
  • Men without children
    28%
    51%
    48%
  • Women without children
    32%
    56%
    43%
  • Sample: 4,291 respondents
  • Married women with children:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Married women with children
    15%
    51%
    47%
  • Women who are not married or have no children
    38%
    58%
    40%
  • All men
    47%
    50%
    48%
  • Sample: 4,271 respondents
  • Married with children:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Married with children
    31%
    48%
    51%
  • All others
    69%
    56%
    43%
  • Sample: 4,321 respondents
  • Married by Parents
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Married Women with children
    15%
    51%
    47%
  • Unmarried Women with children
    6%
    74%
    25%
  • Married Women with no children
    17%
    44%
    53%
  • Unmarried Women with no children
    15%
    69%
    31%
  • Married Men with children
    16%
    45%
    54%
  • Unmarried Men with children
    3%
    68%
    26%
  • Married Men with no children
    17%
    48%
    52%
  • Unmarried Men with no children
    11%
    56%
    41%
  • Sample: 4,270 respondents
  • Do you work full-time for pay?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Yes
    65%
    55%
    44%
  • No
    35%
    50%
    48%
  • Sample: 4,153 respondents
  • Working women:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Working women
    30%
    60%
    39%
  • All others
    70%
    50%
    48%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • Do you or does someone in your household belong to a labor union?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Yes, I do
    11%
    61%
    38%
  • Yes, someone else does
    9%
    57%
    42%
  • Yes, I do and someone else does
    1%
    54%
    34%
  • No one does
    79%
    51%
    47%
  • Sample: 4,128 respondents
  • UNION HOUSEHOLD
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Yes (Vote is union member, union member in household, or noth member in household and voter is memeber)
    21%
    59%
    39%
  • No (No union voter in household
    79%
    51%
    47%
  • Sample: 4,128 respondents
  • Voter is union member:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Yes
    12%
    60%
    37%
  • No
    88%
    52%
    46%
  • Sample: 4,128 respondents
  • Do you or does someone else in your household own a gun?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Yes
    42%
    37%
    62%
  • No
    58%
    65%
    33%
  • Sample: 4,114 respondents
  • Have you ever served in the U.S. military?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Yes
    15%
    44%
    54%
  • No
    85%
    54%
    44%
  • Sample: 4,148 respondents
  • Who did you want to win the Democratic nomination this year: (Among Democrats)
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Democrats for Clinton
    14%
    83%
    16%
  • Democrats for Obama
    20%
    98%
    2%
  • Democrats for another candidate
    2%
    63%
    35%
  • Democrats who did not care
    2%
    75%
    25%
  • Non-Democrats
    59%
    31%
    67%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • If these had been the candidates for president today, who would you have voted for?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Hillary Clinton (Dem)
    52%
    84%
    15%
  • John McCain (Rep)
    41%
    7%
    91%
  • Would not have voted for president
    5%
    78%
    10%
  • Sample: 4,292 respondents
  • In the 2004 election for president, did you vote for:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • John Kerry (Dem)
    37%
    89%
    9%
  • George W. Bush (Rep)
    46%
    17%
    82%
  • Someone else
    4%
    66%
    24%
  • Did not vote
    13%
    71%
    27%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • Are you gay, lesbian or bisexual?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Yes
    4%
    70%
    27%
  • No
    96%
    53%
    45%
  • Sample: 4,059 respondents
  • Population of area, five categories
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Over 500 thousand
    11%
    70%
    28%
  • 50 to 500 thousand
    19%
    59%
    39%
  • Suburbs
    49%
    50%
    48%
  • 10 to 50 thousand
    7%
    45%
    53%
  • Rural
    14%
    45%
    53%
  • Sample: 17,836 respondents
  • Population of area, three categories
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • City over 50 thousand
    30%
    63%
    35%
  • Suburbs
    49%
    50%
    48%
  • Small city and Rural
    21%
    45%
    53%
  • Sample: 17,836 respondents
  • Which comes closer to your view:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Government should do more to solve problems
    51%
    76%
    23%
  • Government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals
    43%
    27%
    71%
  • Sample: 4,565 respondents
  • How worried are you that there will be another major terrorist attack in the U.S.?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Very worried
    25%
    43%
    54%
  • Somewhat worried
    45%
    51%
    48%
  • Not too worried
    23%
    67%
    31%
  • Not at all worried
    5%
    69%
    27%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • How worried are you that there will be another major terrorist attack in the United States?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Very/Somewhat worried
    70%
    48%
    50%
  • Not too/Not at all worried
    28%
    67%
    30%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • How worried are you about being able to afford the health care services you need?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Very worried
    33%
    66%
    32%
  • Somewhat worried
    32%
    54%
    44%
  • Not very worried
    22%
    44%
    55%
  • Not at all worried
    11%
    36%
    58%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • How worried are you about being able to afford the health care services you need?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Worried
    66%
    60%
    38%
  • Not worried
    33%
    42%
    56%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Do you favor or oppose drilling for oil offshore in U.S. waters where it is currently not allowed?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Strongly favor
    42%
    25%
    73%
  • Somewhat favor
    26%
    62%
    36%
  • Somewhat oppose
    15%
    86%
    13%
  • Strongly oppose
    14%
    86%
    10%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Do you favor or oppose drilling for oil offshore in U.S. waters where it is currently not allowed?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Favor
    67%
    39%
    59%
  • Oppose
    28%
    86%
    12%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • In deciding your vote for president, were future appointments to the Supreme Court:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • The single most important factor
    7%
    57%
    41%
  • One of several important factors
    47%
    51%
    47%
  • A minor factor
    21%
    55%
    43%
  • Not a factor at all
    21%
    54%
    43%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • In deciding your vote for president, were future appointments to the Supreme Court:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • An important factor
    53%
    52%
    46%
  • Not an important factor
    42%
    55%
    43%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • In deciding your vote for president, were future appointments to the Supreme Court:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • A factor
    74%
    53%
    45%
  • Not a factor
    21%
    54%
    43%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Do you think your taxes will:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Go up only if Obama is elected president
    22%
    15%
    84%
  • Go up only if McCain is elected president
    12%
    88%
    11%
  • Go up no matter which candidate wins
    49%
    55%
    42%
  • Stay the same or go down
    15%
    77%
    21%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Do you think your taxes will:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Go up if Barack Obama is elected
    71%
    43%
    55%
  • Not go up if Barack Obama is elected president
    27%
    82%
    16%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Do you think your taxes will:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Go up if John McCain is elected
    61%
    62%
    36%
  • Not go up if John McCain is elected president
    36%
    40%
    59%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Which vice presidential candidate is qualified to be president should it become necessary?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Only Joe Biden
    49%
    91%
    8%
  • Only Sarah Palin
    21%
    3%
    96%
  • Both of them
    17%
    13%
    85%
  • Neither of them
    11%
    42%
    52%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • Which vice presidential candidate is qualified to be president should it become necessary?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Joe Biden is
    66%
    71%
    28%
  • Joe Biden is not
    32%
    17%
    80%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • Which vice presidential candidate is qualified to be president should it become necessary?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Sarah Palin is
    38%
    8%
    91%
  • Sarah Palin is not
    60%
    82%
    16%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • Who would make a good First Lady?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Only Michelle Obama
    33%
    96%
    3%
  • Only Cindy McCain
    27%
    3%
    96%
  • Both of them
    26%
    54%
    45%
  • Neither of them
    8%
    40%
    51%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • Who would make a good First Lady?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Michelle Obama would
    59%
    77%
    21%
  • Michelle Obama would not
    35%
    12%
    86%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • Who would make a good First Lady?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Cindy McCain would
    53%
    28%
    71%
  • Cindy McCain would not
    41%
    85%
    12%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • How confident are you that votes in your state will be counted accurately?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Very confident
    49%
    54%
    45%
  • Somewhat confident
    41%
    55%
    44%
  • Not very confident
    6%
    43%
    54%
  • Not at all confident
    2%
    39%
    51%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • How confident are you that votes in your state will be counted accurately?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Very/Somewhat confident
    90%
    54%
    44%
  • Not very/Not at all confident
    9%
    42%
    53%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Strongly approve
    2%
    55%
    43%
  • Somewhat approve
    21%
    63%
    35%
  • Somewhat disapprove
    35%
    57%
    42%
  • Strongly disapprove
    38%
    45%
    52%
  • Sample: 4,565 respondents
  • Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Approve
    24%
    62%
    36%
  • Disapprove
    73%
    51%
    47%
  • Sample: 4,565 respondents
  • Which candidate do you think has the experience to serve effectively as president?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Only Barack Obama
    32%
    98%
    1%
  • Only John McCain
    40%
    3%
    96%
  • Both of them
    19%
    85%
    12%
  • Neither of them
    8%
    56%
    35%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Which candidate do you think has the experience to serve effectively as president?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Barack Obama is
    50%
    93%
    5%
  • Barack Obama is not
    48%
    12%
    85%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Which candidate do you think has the experience to serve effectively as president?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • John McCain is
    59%
    29%
    69%
  • John McCain is not
    40%
    89%
    8%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Which candidate do you think is in touch with people like you?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Only Barack Obama
    44%
    99%
    1%
  • Only John McCain
    26%
    2%
    98%
  • Both of them
    13%
    45%
    52%
  • Neither of them
    16%
    23%
    69%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Which candidate do you think is in touch with people like you?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Barack Obama is
    57%
    86%
    13%
  • Barack Obama is not
    42%
    10%
    87%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Which candidate do you think is in touch with people like you?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • John McCain is
    39%
    16%
    83%
  • John McCain is not
    60%
    79%
    19%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Do you think Barack Obama's positions on the issues are:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Too liberal
    42%
    9%
    89%
  • Too conservative
    4%
    50%
    44%
  • About right
    50%
    94%
    5%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Which candidate do you think has the right judgment to make a good president?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Only Barack Obama
    43%
    98%
    2%
  • Only John McCain
    36%
    2%
    98%
  • Both of them
    13%
    64%
    34%
  • Neither of them
    6%
    27%
    56%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Which candidate do you think has the right judgment to make a good president?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Barack Obama does
    57%
    90%
    9%
  • Barack Obama does not
    42%
    5%
    92%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Which candidate do you think has the right judgment to make a good president?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • John McCain does
    49%
    19%
    80%
  • John McCain does not
    49%
    89%
    8%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Did either of these candidates for president attack the other unfairly?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Only Barack Obama
    10%
    16%
    83%
  • Only John McCain
    24%
    96%
    3%
  • Both of them
    40%
    41%
    57%
  • Neither of them
    23%
    39%
    58%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • Did either of these candidates for president attack the other unfairly?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Barack Obama did
    49%
    36%
    62%
  • Barack Obama did not
    47%
    69%
    29%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • Did either of these candidates for president attack the other unfairly?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • John McCain did
    64%
    62%
    36%
  • John McCain did not
    32%
    32%
    65%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • How worried are you about the direction of the nation's economy in the next year?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Very worried
    50%
    60%
    38%
  • Somewhat worried
    36%
    45%
    53%
  • Not too worried
    10%
    30%
    69%
  • Not at all worried
    3%
    44%
    52%
  • Sample: 4,292 respondents
  • How worried are you about the direction of the nation's economy in the next year?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Worried
    85%
    54%
    44%
  • Not worried
    14%
    33%
    65%
  • Sample: 4,292 respondents
  • Do you think the condition of the nation's economy is:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Excellent
    1%
    59%
    39%
  • Good
    6%
    23%
    75%
  • Not so good
    44%
    40%
    59%
  • Poor
    49%
    66%
    31%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • State of the national economy: 2 way
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Excellent/Good
    7%
    26%
    72%
  • Not so good/Poor
    93%
    54%
    44%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • How worried are you that the current economic crisis will harm your family's finances over the next year?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Very worried
    48%
    62%
    36%
  • Somewhat worried
    33%
    52%
    47%
  • Not too worried
    13%
    33%
    63%
  • Not at all worried
    5%
    40%
    56%
  • Sample: 4,565 respondents
  • How worried are you that the current economic crisis will harm your family's finances over the next year?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Worried
    81%
    58%
    40%
  • Not worried
    18%
    35%
    61%
  • Sample: 4,565 respondents
  • During the next year, do you think the nation's economy will:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Get better
    47%
    61%
    38%
  • Get worse
    23%
    43%
    54%
  • Stay about the same
    25%
    52%
    46%
  • Sample: 4,329 respondents
  • Do you support or oppose the $700 billion government plan to assist failing financial companies?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Strongly support
    9%
    62%
    36%
  • Somewhat support
    30%
    58%
    41%
  • Somewhat oppose
    27%
    53%
    45%
  • Strongly oppose
    29%
    46%
    50%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Do you support or oppose the $700 billion government plan to assist failing financial companies?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Support
    39%
    59%
    40%
  • Oppose
    56%
    50%
    48%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • Compared to four years ago, is your family's financial situation:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Better today
    24%
    37%
    60%
  • Worse today
    42%
    71%
    28%
  • About the same
    34%
    45%
    53%
  • Sample: 4,565 respondents
  • Do you think things in this country today are:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Generally going in the right direction
    20%
    27%
    71%
  • Seriously off on the wrong track
    75%
    62%
    36%
  • Sample: 4,195 respondents
  • How do you feel about the U.S. war in Iraq?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Strongly approve
    14%
    4%
    96%
  • Somewhat approve
    22%
    18%
    80%
  • Somewhat disapprove
    21%
    55%
    44%
  • Strongly disapprove
    41%
    87%
    11%
  • Sample: 4,293 respondents
  • How do you feel about the U.S. war in Iraq?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Approve
    36%
    13%
    86%
  • Disapprove
    63%
    76%
    22%
  • Sample: 4,293 respondents
  • In the next few years, do you think race relations in this country will:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Get much better
    14%
    74%
    25%
  • Get somewhat better
    33%
    68%
    30%
  • Stay about the same
    34%
    44%
    54%
  • Get somewhat worse
    10%
    31%
    67%
  • Get much worse
    5%
    20%
    75%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • In the next few years, do you think race relations in this country will:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Get better
    47%
    70%
    28%
  • Stay about the same
    34%
    44%
    54%
  • Get worse
    15%
    27%
    70%
  • Sample: 4,434 respondents
  • In deciding your vote for president today, was the race of the candidates:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • The single most important factor
    2%
    58%
    41%
  • One of several important factors
    7%
    52%
    47%
  • A minor factor
    10%
    54%
    45%
  • Not a factor at all
    80%
    51%
    46%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • In deciding your vote for president today, was the race of the candidates:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • An important factor
    9%
    53%
    46%
  • Not an important factor
    90%
    52%
    46%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • In deciding your vote for president today, was the race of the candidates:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • A factor
    19%
    53%
    45%
  • Not a factor
    80%
    51%
    46%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • In deciding your vote for president today, was the age of the candidates:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • The single most important factor
    2%
    74%
    25%
  • One of several important factors
    13%
    77%
    22%
  • A minor factor
    23%
    59%
    39%
  • Not a factor at all
    60%
    42%
    55%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • In deciding your vote for president today, was the age of the candidates:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • An important factor
    15%
    77%
    22%
  • Not an important factor
    84%
    47%
    51%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • In deciding your vote for president today, was the age of the candidates:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • A factor
    39%
    66%
    32%
  • Not a factor
    60%
    42%
    55%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • In your vote for president today, was _________________________:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • The single most important factor
    7%
    52%
    47%
  • One of several important factors
    33%
    47%
    52%
  • A minor factor
    20%
    33%
    66%
  • Not a factor at all
    33%
    65%
    33%
  • Sample: 7,805 respondents
  • In your vote for president today, was _________________________:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • An important factor
    41%
    48%
    51%
  • Not an important factor
    53%
    53%
    45%
  • Sample: 7,805 respondents
  • In your vote for president today, was _________________________:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • A factor
    60%
    43%
    56%
  • Not a factor
    33%
    65%
    33%
  • Sample: 7,805 respondents
  • If John McCain were elected, would he mainly:
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Continue George W. Bush's policies
    48%
    90%
    8%
  • Take the country in a different direction
    48%
    13%
    85%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Strongly approve
    7%
    15%
    83%
  • Somewhat approve
    21%
    9%
    91%
  • Somewhat disapprove
    21%
    31%
    65%
  • Strongly disapprove
    51%
    82%
    16%
  • Sample: 4,292 respondents
  • Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Approve
    27%
    10%
    89%
  • Disapprove
    71%
    67%
    31%
  • Sample: 4,292 respondents
  • Which was more important in your vote for president today?
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • My candidate's positions on the issues
    58%
    60%
    38%
  • My candidate's leadership/personal qualities
    39%
    39%
    59%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • Which ONE of these four candidate qualities mattered most in deciding how you voted for president? (CHECK ONLY ONE)
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Shares my values
    30%
    32%
    65%
  • Can bring about needed change
    34%
    89%
    9%
  • Has the right experience
    20%
    7%
    93%
  • Cares about people like me
    12%
    74%
    24%
  • Sample: 8,942 respondents
  • Which ONE of these five issues is the most important facing the country? (CHECK ONLY ONE)
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • Energy policy
    7%
    50%
    46%
  • The war in Iraq
    10%
    59%
    39%
  • The economy
    63%
    53%
    44%
  • Terrorism
    9%
    13%
    86%
  • Health care
    9%
    73%
    26%
  • Sample: 8,585 respondents
  • National Region
  • Total
  • Obama
  • McCain
  • East
    21%
    59%
    40%
  • Midwest
    24%
    54%
    44%
  • South
    32%
    45%
    54%
  • West
    23%
    57%
    40%
  • Sample: 17,836 respondents