Skip to comments.Zogby: McCain Best for '3 A.M.' Crisis
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?
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 Clintons 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?
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 Zogbys 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?
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.
McCain will sail through and win the election. Bank on it. We all should support him. For OUR TROOPS!
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.
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.
Yes!! God bless our troops and their families. God bless America. Obama or Hitlery would wreck our military.
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.
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..............
When McCain answers the phone at 3AM he has to push “one for English”.
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
He probably lets his illegal alien housekeeper answer.
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Not sure/Someone else
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.
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.
I didn’t see that in the media.
I’ll bet no one else does other.
About the only 3 am phone calls she got were "Hey honey. I'll be working late in the Oval Office tonight."
I can’t stomach the idea of our military having to put up with Hillary or Obama.
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.
You forgot the 3am call saying Vince Foster was neutralized.
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.
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.
And for the safety of America.
Amen and Amen!
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!
So, whaddaya trying to say? LOL
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.
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