Voters Split on Candidates' Iraq Stances: Poll

Poll score: Obama 50%, McCain 49%
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2008 10:00 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks during a news conference addressing the National Council of La Raza Convention in San Diego, Calif., Sunday, July 13, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – 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%.