(via The Hill's Blog Briefing Room) A new USA Today/Gallup Poll controverts the conventional wisdom that the American electorate trusts John McCain more and would win hands down if the only criteria during the upcoming historic election were character.
Barack Obama is more trustworthy, understanding, caring, independent minded, and would work better with members of the other party than John McCain in the eyes of American voters, a new USA Today/Gallup poll finds.Of course, this election year has been tough on pollsters during the long bruising primary season. And of course this blog has always been extra-tough on pollsters like SWS and Pulse Asia Surveys. But frankly, I'm not sure what to think of this one. I'm beginning to rely more and more on polls of polls and on the new-fangled "futures market" polls.
Gallup asked Americans to compare Obama and McCain on a wide array of personal characteristics, and Obama beat McCain in all but two of the ten categories: who can manage the government more effectively (the two tied at 42 percent), and who is a strong and decisive leader (McCain topped Obama 46 percent to 40 percent).
Obama bested McCain on questions of who understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives (54 percent to McCain's 29 percent); cares about the needs of people like you (52 percent to 30 percent); is independent in his thoughts and actions (52 percent to 36 percent); would stand up to special interests, including those aligned with his own party (48 percent to 34 percent); would work well with both parties to get things done in Washington (48 percent to 35 percent); has a clear plan for solving the country's problems (41 percent to 31 percent); shares your values (47 percent to 39 percent); and is honest and trustworthy (39 percent to 35 percent).
In those categories, Obama averaged a 14 percentage point lead over McCain. The same poll found Obama leading McCain 48 percent to 42 percent in who Americans want to be president.
Gallup surveyed 1,625 Americans over the age of 18 June 15-19 for the poll.
SKEPTICO points to an interesting dust-up between PZ Myers (Pharyngula) and the Discovery Institute's "pet brain surgeon" Michael Egnor. It's about science, religion, cancer and prayer. We've had a similar discusison around here recently, every bit as complex and insightful.DRUDGE has some of the tit-for-tat as John McCain says Obama's word cannot be trusted...
Related: McCain is praised but not endorsed by Billy Graham. And the word flip-flopper has become an equal opportunity accusation.