Gallup: Obama Would Do Better Than McCain on Economy, Energy

Posted June 24, 2008 at 8:14am

By a significant margin, Americans think Barack Obama would do a better job than John McCain managing four key domestic issues, according to a Gallup/USA Today poll released today.

Respondents expressed more confidence in Obama than McCain when it comes to handling healthcare (51-26 percent), the economy (48-32), energy, including gas prices (47-28) and taxes (44-35). The economy and energy were ranked as the most important issues.

The only issue where a significant percentage of respondents thought McCain would a better job than Obama was terrorism (52-33 percent). Terrorism was ranked as the fifth most important issue. On Iraq, the two candidates were tied at 43 percent, and they were statistically tied on moral values (Obama 40, McCain 39) and immigration (McCain 36, Obama 34).

The poll was conducted June 15-19 and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.