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Monday, September 15, 2008

Rasmussen: Majority Thinks McCain, Biden, Prepared To Be President

The good news for John McCain's campaign is that he is top of the ticket for the GOP and 63 percent of American voters believe John McCain is prepared to be the president.

The bad news for Barack Obama's campaign is that the man on the Democratic ticket that earns a majority of voters confidence in the preparedness to be president, is the man on the bottom of the ticket, Joe Biden, whom 50 percent of Americans think is prepared.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters say John McCain is prepared right now to be president, and 50% say the same thing about Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden. Forty-four percent (44%) say the man at the top of Biden's ticket, Barack Obama, is ready, but 45% say he isn’t.

Independents and those not affiliated with a specific party:

Among voters not affiliated with either major political party, 71% say McCain is prepared for the Presidency while just 35% say the same about Obama.

Considering the majority seems to think the Democratic ticket should be reversed, this bodes well for the McCain/Palin ticket.

The good news for Democrats is in the vice presidential numbers. While 71% of Democratic voters think Biden is ready to be president, so do 26% of Republicans and 49% of unaffiliated voters. Thirty-one percent (31%) of unaffiliateds say Biden is not prepared.

By comparison, 68% of GOP voters think Palin is prepared to be president, but 82% of Democrats and a majority of unaffiliated voters (51%) say she is not. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of voters not affiliated with either major party believe Palin is ready to be president.

I don't find the vice presidential numbers very worrisome because it is the top of the ticket that voters vote for on election day and it seems that people are starting to understand that when comparing the two men at the top of their respective tickets, John McCain and Barack Obama, it is like comparing an adult with life's experience to a child that has none yet.