Voters Believe McCain More Likely to Reach Across Aisle

Posted May 28, 2008 at 12:17pm

Voters regard John McCain as more likely than Barack Obama to reach across party lines and work effectively with both Democrats and Republicans, according to a May 26-27 survey by Rasmussen Reports. Sixty-three percent believe McCain is very or somewhat likely to do this, while 52 percent say it of Obama. On ideology, a third of voters regard McCain as conservative, 12 percent say he is very conservative, and 17 percent class him as very or somewhat liberal. For Obama, 39 percent describe him as very liberal, 33 percent as somewhat liberal, and 3 percent as very or somewhat conservative. It would be an interesting dinner party to get that small group of voters together who say McCain is liberal and Obama is conservative.

Forty-eight percent of those surveyed believe McCain will win in November, 39 percent say Obama and 14 percent are undecided. The margin of error is 3.5 percent. Hillary Clinton was not included in the poll.