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Poll: McCain, Clinton Best to Solve U.S. Problems

Posted April 21, 2008

— Democrats are better able to solve most of the problems facing the nation, but Republican presidential candidate John McCain is seen as the best candidate to address most pressing issues, according to a poll released Monday.

The Elon University Institute for Politics and Public Affairs, which surveyed 543 North Carolina residents last week, also found the economy and gas prices to be the top concerns statewide. The poll has a margin of error of 4.3 percentage points.

Those surveyed said they believed Democrats would do a better job handling issues like the economy, the housing crisis, health care, education and the Iraq War. Republicans were given the nod only on the issue of immigration.

When questioned about individual candidates, however, respondents said McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, was best suited to handling the war, the economy, taxes and other issues. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was seen as best to handle health care and education, while her rival for the nomination, Barack Obama, wasn't viewed by those polled as most capable of handling any of the issues.

“Interesting in these results are the obvious contrasts expressed by citizens,” Hunter Bacot, director of the Elon University Poll, said in a statement. “On the one hand, they differ between favored party and favored candidate, but on the other, they are quite resolute about where things stand and why.”

Thirty-five percent of those surveyed said the economy is the most important issue facing North Carolina, up from 30 percent two months ago. Gas prices placed second at more than 9 percent, up from 2 percent in February, while education was third at more than 8 percent, down from 12 percent.

The environment, including the drought, fell from third place in February to sixth in the latest poll, from being listed by 10 percent to being picked by less than 5 percent.

Four of five people polled said they believe the country is on the wrong track, and almost three-quarters said the economy would influence their votes for president. More than half said the economy also would influence their votes for North Carolina governor.

More than two-thirds of respondents said the war and health-care costs also would affect their votes for president. Education, health-care costs and taxes were seen as other issues that would affect the gubernatorial election, according to the poll.


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  • cadetsfan Apr 22, 2008

    So I tried to respond like 5 times yesterday and none of them went through. Regarding 'how they gonna do it', I went to Obama's website, chose something random (Education), and found how he'd pay for his PreK-12 program. I'm not sure how available this stuff is for other programs/topics, but I'm sure you can find more on his site or on 3rd party 'analysis' sites.

  • motoxmomb Apr 21, 2008

    Vote for Ron Paul! Hope for America -- RonPaul2008.com -- Yes he's still running;the media will not tell you that.

  • Eduardo1 Apr 21, 2008

    i can not believe tis poll. Barry got no points in any category? Who did you poll: KKK, Neo-Nazi, Posse members? I can see points for the Moderate McCain, the liar Hillery, but no points for the front runner IMPOSSIBLE. Sounds like an April fools joke.

  • tmedlin Apr 21, 2008

    Thinkaboutit - excellent post - but don't blame moto - he's had a hard time with me over in GOLO land - you should join us sometime - you'll like it!

  • veyor Apr 21, 2008

    "Corporations run America"....despite government's ridiculous intervention. But let's go ahead and elect Obama, and in about 4 years our grocery shelves will begin to look like Russia's (as in government run).

  • Doctor Dataclerk Apr 21, 2008

    Corporations run America and they look at people as no more than numbers.


    Now there is someone who obviously excelled in social studies. Who do you think creates jobs: (1) The Government (2) Poor People (3) Business?

  • motorfinga Apr 21, 2008

    "The house and the senate run this country" - RaleighMan

    Perfect example of how out of touch many Americans are.

    Corporations run America and they look at people as no more than numbers.

  • Raptor06 Apr 21, 2008

    "The house and the senate run this country" - RaleighMan

    No, corporations run this country, because they run Congress. Remember, Enron said they were charging Californians fair market value when their energy rates went through he roofs a few years back. Then, we find out it was all fraud. You will find out the same is happening now at the gas pumps. It's so disappointing how so many of us parrot our political party's lines. You still vote to support your political party instead of what's good for this Country. I guess I stayed too long in the military to understand your cavalier attitudes. We are at a crossroads, and we continue to vote for the wolves to guard the chicken hut. We must do better. Congress is supposed to work for us!

  • Redneck_Bob Apr 21, 2008

    Make McCain president and the Clintons can be vice presidents.

  • motorfinga Apr 21, 2008

    Redneck_Bob, have you seen some of the hateful right wing bile thats been posted day in and day out?

    Of course you don't.

    A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.

    -- Benjamin Disraeli