Barack Obama and John McCain have battled each other to a draw when it comes to Iraq, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Americans are split more or less down the middle on Iraq policy, with 50% supporting Obama’s withdrawal timetable and 49% backing McCain’s open-ended approach. In general, 47% trust McCain to handle Iraq, while 45% trust Obama.
“The most important number by Election Day is whether a majority of the electorate has achieved a comfort level with Obama as commander in chief,” said Democratic pollster Geoffrey Garin. Right now, 48% believe Obama would make a good military commander, which Garin believes is a strong start, though it badly trails McCain’s 72%.