This poll also finds much broader comfort with Obama’s race than with McCain’s age. High-level enthusiasm among Obama’s supporters exceeds two-thirds for the first time, an unusual level. And most critically, Obama leads by 18 points in trust to handle the economy, the central issue in the contest.
McCain’s Age a Bigger Factor Than Obama’s Race
The dynamics of age and race are a continuing undercurrent in the election, and one in which Obama continues to fare better.
Ninety percent of likely voters say they’re comfortable with his being the first African-American president, 76 percent “entirely” comfortable. But they divide 50-49 percent on comfort with McCain taking office at age 72 — and on that just 30 percent are entirely comfortable.
On the flip side, while 5 percent are entirely uncomfortable with Obama as the first black president, more, 26 percent, are entirely uncomfortable with McCain’s age — about what it’s been recently, but up from 19 percent just after the Republican convention.
These views are highly partisan.
But independents divide 50-50 in their comfort with McCain’s age, vs. 88-9 percent in their comfort with Obama’s race.