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Zogby: McCain Best for '3 A.M.' Crisis
NewsMax ^ | March 17, 2008 | Staff

Posted on 03/17/2008 2:11:09 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The recent Hillary Clinton campaign advertisement asking who Americans want answering the phone in the White House when a crisis erupts at 3 a.m. has sparked a national debate about which candidate would best handle such a phone call. But while the ad was designed to boost the Clinton candidacy, likely voters nationwide say they would feel more secure having Republican John McCain answering the call of a crisis, a new Zogby International telephone poll shows.

Given the choice between Clinton and McCain, 55% preferred McCain while 37% would want Clinton to answer the phone, while 9% said they were unsure.

If there is a crisis in the world and the telephone rings at 3 a.m. in the White House, who would you feel more secure answering that phone Hillary Clinton or John McCain?

Hillary Clinton

37%

John McCain

55%

Not sure

9%

Between McCain and Obama, 56% favored McCain while 35% preferred Obama, with 10% saying they couldnt make up their mind on the question.

The ad, which first ran in Texas in the days leading up to the March 4 primary election there, was designed to boost Clinton’s claim that she is more experienced than Obama, a familiar Clinton campaign theme this year. McCain is considered strong on national defense.

If there is a crisis in the world and the telephone rings at 3 a.m. in the White House, who would you feel more secure answering that phone John McCain or Barack Obama?

John McCain

56%

Barack Obama

35%

Not sure

10%

McCain, who calls himself a conservative, makes big inroads across ideological lines on the question, the survey shows, as 25% of the very liberal and 32% of mainline liberals prefer he answer the phone instead of Clinton, and 23% of the very liberal and 35% of mainline liberals prefer him over Obama. Just 15% of conservatives prefer Clinton take the call, and 16% of conservatives would rather have Obama taking a crisis phone call instead of McCain.

The telephone poll using live operators from Zogby’s call center in Upstate New York included 1,004 likely voters nationwide and was conducted March 13-14, 2008. It carries a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points. Totals in charts may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

The survey shows that among all voters Democrats, Republicans, and independents there is a near-equal preference for Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to answer a crisis phone call as President. When given the choice between them, 37% preferred Clinton, while 36% preferred Obama. Another 27% of all voters said they were unsure.

But among just Democrats, Clinton is preferred by 48%, compared to 38% of Democrats who said they would rather have Obama answer the phone. Among just Democrats, 14% said they were unsure.

If there is a crisis in the world and the telephone rings at 3 a.m. in the White House, who would you feel more secure answering that phone Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama?

Hillary Clinton

37%

Barack Obama

36%

Not sure

27%

Among all voters regardless of partisan affiliation, in the race between Obama and Clinton, Obama is favored by a wide 49% to 32% margin among the very liberal, while mainline liberals favored Clinton by a 50% to 38% edge. Among moderates, Clintons edge is 44% to 34%, while conservatives preferred Obama, 39% to 36% for Clinton, with the rest of conservatives declining to make a choice.

And among all voters, women favored Clinton over Obama by a 42% to 34% margin, with 24% unsure. Men favored Obama, 38% to 32%, with 30% undecided.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Arizona; US: Arkansas; US: Illinois; US: New York; War on Terror
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Unintended consequences, it would seem.
1 posted on 03/17/2008 2:11:12 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McCain will sail through and win the election. Bank on it. We all should support him. For OUR TROOPS!


2 posted on 03/17/2008 2:13:28 PM PDT by SolidWood (All conservative effort into retaking Congress!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And that is a BIG point with me. I really would have NEVER picked McCain but that 3am question... made me decide to vote for McCain. He is the only one who would know what to do in a case like that.


3 posted on 03/17/2008 2:14:38 PM PDT by buffyt (Glowbull warming - Climate Change - the biggest hoax/fraud/deception of the 21st century.)
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To: MizSterious

Ping!


4 posted on 03/17/2008 2:15:44 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (http://www.fourfriedchickensandacoke.blogspot.com)
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To: SolidWood
McCain is a sure loser. Hillary or Obama will tear him to pieces. He is too feeble and too controversial. Anyone who is for open borders and amnesty is not somebody I want to answer the phone.
5 posted on 03/17/2008 2:16:10 PM PDT by Jane Austen
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The worst thing about having McCain in office is that he is unstable, hot-tempered and could push the nuclear button at anytime.

The best thing about having McCain in office is that our enemies recognize he is unstable, hot-tempered and could push the nuclear button at anytime.

Therefore, there is a distinct possibilty they would tread carefully while he is in office.

And, no, I'm still not promising I'll vote for the s.o.b.

6 posted on 03/17/2008 2:16:20 PM PDT by Vigilanteman ((Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud))
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
At that time in the morning he would probably be up taking a pee any way!
7 posted on 03/17/2008 2:17:20 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: SolidWood

Yes!! God bless our troops and their families. God bless America. Obama or Hitlery would wreck our military.


8 posted on 03/17/2008 2:17:45 PM PDT by unkus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; buffyt

I swore I wouldn’t, but faced with the Obama factor, I just might vote for McCain based on that 3 am call. Hillary made a great commercial—just not for her.


9 posted on 03/17/2008 2:17:45 PM PDT by MizSterious (The Republican Party is infected with the RINO-virus)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Clinton 37%

Obama 35%

The mindless moonbats that make up this 35-37% would prefer to have Satan himself in the Whitehouse rather than any Republican. They are so committed to the socialist cause they do not care what happens as long as they are in control..............

10 posted on 03/17/2008 2:18:35 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: Jane Austen

When McCain answers the phone at 3AM he has to push “one for English”.


11 posted on 03/17/2008 2:19:19 PM PDT by LetsRok
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What is so stupid about this 3 am crap is that I would want somebody competent to answer the phone no matter what time it was....and it ain’t Hillary of B Hussein Obama


12 posted on 03/17/2008 2:20:57 PM PDT by CIDKauf (No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.)
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To: LetsRok

lol

He probably lets his illegal alien housekeeper answer.


13 posted on 03/17/2008 2:22:38 PM PDT by AuntB ('If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." T. Paine)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The best part: Zogby Poll: McCain Bests Both Obama, Clinton in 3-Way General Election Tests

Independent candidate Ralph Nader wins 5%, taking more support from Democrats Prospective General Election Match-up

3-13/14

McCain

45%

Clinton

39%

Nader

6%

Not sure/Someone else

11% http://www.zogby.com/news/ReadNews.dbm?ID=1467


14 posted on 03/17/2008 2:22:50 PM PDT by BGHater ($2300 is the limit of your Free Speech.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The first time I saw this ad, I thought it was pretty stupid for a Hitlary ad. I wanted to laugh at her "extensive experience" that would qualify her for answering the phone at 3 a.m.

But, I think the population in general would give more respect to a male candidate than a female. Say what you will, but I feel safer with a man at the helm than a woman--probably because we just don't have women with the right experience yet. Except for Condi Rice. I'd vote for her.

15 posted on 03/17/2008 2:34:08 PM PDT by DallasDeb ((a.k.a. USAFA2006Mom!))
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To: Red_Devil 232

Too funny!


16 posted on 03/17/2008 2:35:50 PM PDT by DallasDeb ((a.k.a. USAFA2006Mom!))
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To: SolidWood

THe dems are screwed and so is America.

America won’t elect a black guy because Dems are far more racist than they get credit for. And we won’t elect a woman because of the 3 AM thing.

The default candidate wins and we’re stuck with the sombitch. It’s all been a settup people.


17 posted on 03/17/2008 2:40:46 PM PDT by subterfuge (Obama will NOT get the nomination.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I didn’t see that in the media.
I’ll bet no one else does other.


18 posted on 03/17/2008 2:41:54 PM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged
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To: DallasDeb
The first time I saw this ad, I thought it was pretty stupid for a Hitlary ad. I wanted to laugh at her "extensive experience" that would qualify her for answering the phone at 3 a.m.

About the only 3 am phone calls she got were "Hey honey. I'll be working late in the Oval Office tonight."

19 posted on 03/17/2008 2:43:23 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: SolidWood

Exactly.

I can’t stomach the idea of our military having to put up with Hillary or Obama.


20 posted on 03/17/2008 2:52:42 PM PDT by proudpapa (May God Bless Our Troops.)
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To: Leroy S. Mort

Actually, back in the Clinton years, no one could get through to the White House at 3 am. The line was always busy with the phone sex calls to Monica.


21 posted on 03/17/2008 2:52:58 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Leroy S. Mort

You forgot the 3am call saying Vince Foster was neutralized.


22 posted on 03/17/2008 2:53:04 PM PDT by JustSayNoToNannies
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The first time I saw it I thought it was a McCain commercial. It was on Fox News and I was only half listening to the chatter before they aired the commercial and thought that the Obama and Clinton campaigns were upset because McCain was showing them up. I laughed out loud when I realized that it was a Hillary commercial. McCain ought to redo that and play the hell out of it after Labor Day.


23 posted on 03/17/2008 2:57:11 PM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

McCain may be the best to react to the 3:00AM crisis. Question is? Did he cause it?

Sorry folks, this whole election is a sham against the American people.

Just the way it is. We are manipulated. If you do not see it, you are a fool.


24 posted on 03/17/2008 2:58:03 PM PDT by dforest
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To: SolidWood
McCain will sail through and win the election. Bank on it. We all should support him. For OUR TROOPS!

And for the safety of America.


25 posted on 03/17/2008 3:02:23 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: Polybius; SolidWood

Amen and Amen!


26 posted on 03/17/2008 3:14:49 PM PDT by pgkdan (Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions - G.K. Chesterton)
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To: pgkdan

When I see these polls, the undecided voters are the ones who don’t deserve to vote...How TOUGH is IT to state an opinion, for crying out loud!


27 posted on 03/17/2008 3:31:55 PM PDT by princess leah
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To: Jane Austen
Rest assured that Juan McAmnesty stands ready if this nation is ever attacked by anti-amnesty conservatives.
28 posted on 03/17/2008 4:03:15 PM PDT by Digital Sniper (Hello, "Undocumented Immigrant." I'm an "Undocumented Border Patrol Agent.")
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To: TitansAFC; meandog; onyx; MARTIAL MONK; Kuksool; freespirited; Salvation; furquhart; mossyoaks; ...
The McCain List.

McCain trusted most to face crisis:

McCain 55%
Hillary 37%

McCain 56%
Obama 35%
29 posted on 03/17/2008 4:08:36 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Heyyyy, McCain's got 27 years on me, and I gotta get up for a lengthy nocturnal wazzer.

So, whaddaya trying to say? LOL


30 posted on 03/17/2008 4:10:17 PM PDT by Viking2002 (I hope the AG pounds the Mann Act up Spitzer's ass with a sharp stick.)
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To: Vigilanteman

It hardly matters. I’ve decided since McCain won the nomination that the Republican Party doesn’t really need the 1000 people that wouldn’t vote for him because they would rather not vote at all.

I mean hey.. We can at least say you would rather have an American hating President in office than someone that is not as conservative as you think he should be.


31 posted on 03/17/2008 7:56:56 PM PDT by Almondjoy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Other: Donald Rumsfeld


32 posted on 03/17/2008 9:58:39 PM PDT by baa39 (Defend our troops! see my profile page)
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