Poll: Obama has edge over McCain – USATODAY.com
WASHINGTON — Democrat Barack Obama begins the presidential campaign with some overwhelming advantages over Republican John McCain, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, but voters also express doubts about the Illinois senator’s experience and ability to handle the job of commander in chief.
A 54% majority of those surveyed are concerned Obama lacks the experience to be an effective president. A similar number say he “may be too closely aligned with people who hold radical political views.”
Still, the nationwide poll gives Obama an edge of six percentage points over McCain among likely voters, 50%-44%. That’s almost precisely where the race stood in the USA TODAY poll taken just before Obama clinched the Democratic nomination on June 3.
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Source: USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of 1,625 adults June 15-19. Margin of error: +/- 3 percentage points.