GOP contender John McCain would lose to either Democratic candidate if the match-up were held today, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Adults nationwide would choose Barack Obama over McCain by 12 percentage points; Hillary Clinton would beat the Republican by six points. Though McCain has eight months to gain ground, he appears to be a hard sell to many independent and moderate voters.
Twice as many people would hesitate to support the Arizona senator because of his advanced age as would shy away from Obama because of race or Clinton due to gender. While six out of 10 independents feeling bearish about Iraq would eschew the Republican, McCain's disadvantage is even more pronounced among the two-thirds of Americans who disapprove of President Bush and his war policies.