October 16, 2008

Obama Favored on Financial Crisis

47%

A sizeable plurality (47%) says Obama is the candidate best able to deal with the problems in financial institutions and markets.

With the public focused on the economy, voters believe Barack Obama is the candidate best able to address financial problems by a 47%-to-33% margin over John McCain. Among independent voters, Obama holds a smaller 40%-30% advantage on this question. Neither candidate is seen by a majority as having laid out a clear plan for dealing with the situation. But while voters are split on whether Obama has done so (48% to 47%), only 29% of voters say McCain has done an excellent or good job explaining how we would handle the financial situation compared with 67% who say he has done only a fair or poor job in this respect. Read More