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A random sample of 1,040 ‘likely’ voters in the continental United States between June 19-25, 2008. This poll features a ROBBINS margin of error of 3.44%, 19 times out of 20 @ 95% confidence.

Question #1
Which of the following two choices for response best reflects who you would like to see win the White House in November 2008?
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton    53.54 %
John McCain and vice-presidential running mate    45.43 %
Other    03 %
Undecided    11 %
Question #2
Are you impressed by the wives of the nominees for the White House, Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain?
Yes    67.5 %
No    32 %
Undecided/I don’t know    28 %
Question #3
In your opinion, do high oil and gas prices ultimately hurt or help democracy?
Help    26 %
Hurt    56 %
Question #4
Do you want the United States to remain the world’s Super Power?
Yes    43 %
No    48 %
Commentary
Observations/Commentary:
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (like it or not) are the ‘hot’ political couple of the year. Their battle for the nominee (Democrat) is the thing of future fables, but there is a stronger elixir, that these two are destined for the White House. I don’t believe it’s just about demographics, it’s more about what we liked, (and although we got tired of it)--- we like Obama and Clinton. It’s a kind of an odd Made for World TV romance.
Yet, most Americans who support them do not necessarily want to see them exchange political vows. Indeed, even those who support a ‘partnership’ recognize the serious differences they had on the campaign trail in their personalities. However, those differences were almost always presented within the context of how little difference there was on policy between them. It is this latter consideration particularly after a two-three week rest which affirms a majority of Americans high opinion of the two politicians. It is our professional opinion that some respondents who support Obama Clinton 08—do so because they are determined to beat John McCain and are concerned he could win, or alternatively—need the partnership to avoid thinking about maybe voting for McCain. Many respondents who support Hillary, are of the opinion that she didn’t lose to Barack, she simply ran out of money. Talk of paying down some of her debts reinforces this false perception. In any event, I believe it is more difficult for Democratic nominee Obama to stay away from Hillary as his running mate, than it is to embrace her in that role. The matter of "Change" in American presidential politics is nearly ‘proprietorial’ to Senator Obama, Hillary (and Bill) can greatly enhance His ability to manifest this vision without the accompanying credibility concerns of throwing away the baby with the bathwater.
Michelle Obama has clearly revealed which of the two women would be in charge of the ‘Black Home’, but Hillary Clinton is all about politics, this reality is pure as driven snow.
John McCain has done well, by ensuring that he remains close—in the hunt-and hasn’t promised a vice-presidency, or made any other deals including with ‘button down’ conservatives. His wife Cindy is ambitious, all-American, smart, and some real eye-candy as well (sorry feminists-we just deal with public opinion not political correct dialogue). Speculation about who might be the Arizona Senator’s vice-presidential candidate in the midst of seeing soap opera like reporting of the Obama Clinton relationship-is once again keeping his numbers relatively close—without any political expenditure from him. Don’t tell me McCain can’t figure out problems with the economy.
The Clintons are well known to Americans. The twenty million dollars (however it is configured) required (helping out with debts) may be equal to the same dollars required to being the pr efforts of integrating another running mate. This is an election where basis points won or lost week by week could ultimately make the difference. Right now Hillary isn’t “in”, but she is more “in” than “out”.
I don’t know if Barack can afford the experiment of NOT hooking up with Hillary.
As the Obama Clinton relationship coalesces, I would advise John McCain not to be manipulated by polls. He is definitely in this race and he hasn’t even had to look at a ‘life line of any sort’, and isn’t beholden to the conservatives in America. McCain has NOT solidified a broad concerted conservative base and is still deep in the hunt—and it’s early. We’re hearing more strength for McCain than recent polls published in America are suggesting (12 point lead for Obama on June 24-tied according to Gallup on the 25th, 2008).
The speculation of, and not the actual name of a vice-presidential candidate for John McCain might lead some readers to believe that this question disadvantages him. Not necessarily. Some respondents are filling in the gaps themselves for a companion to John McCain-- and giving McCain their selection in the meantime. If Obama and Clinton move forward, the Republican nominee is going to need to seriously look at his running mate options sooner than later. Waiting for the convention may not be a luxury either party can afford.
The two ‘first women’ nominees are doing well---America is impressed. Michelle Obama and Cindy McCain fire up nicely with their prospective partners and Americans like them. The Obama’s and McCain’s are like Mr. and Mrs. America, either couple. Great fun.
If Barack Obama takes Clinton to be his White House wife, and John McCain gets Condoleezza Rice as a running mate---mama go to Costco—'cuz' I’m not leaving the couch.
How will the next president of the United States best reconcile the interests of mankind with the interests and rights of the individual? This is no easy task. Should the focus of changing economies supersede the needs of humanity, or vica versa? American has been made great by the latitude the Constitution permits citizens from their government. But necessary security measures since 9-11 have challenged this IMPORTANT aspect of U.S. democracy—and those countries that still reject democracy are aware of this conundrum the American brain trust and people are facing.
Our question regarding the impact of oil on ‘democracy’ was derived from author and U.S. foreign policy expert Michael Mandelbaum. His position posits that high oil prices coupled with American dependence enrich and embolden America’s undemocratic enemies and thus detract from increases in the number of world democracies, and also hurt American influence as a purveyor of democratic values. Americans in the majority (we suspect) agree with this theory, although may arrive at their conclusions differently. There is a significant minority of respondents who for various reasons (supporting the environment or market mechanisms) who are of the opinion that rising gas and oil prices are good for democracy.
Americans are split on whether or not they remain a Super Power. Many respondents are determined that it costs too much to rule the world—with little cooperation from other nations. Many respondents are of the opinion that we cannot retreat from this position—its in America’s strategic interests to remain a Super Power, while others seem to sit on or near the fence—but choose not to be Undecided on this question. Many assumptions regarding issues and electoral choices flow from this question.
This U.S. Presidential election will draw enormous attention from around the world. Most importantly it appears it will engage more Americans-who will hopefully come out in greater numbers to vote. It is important that the potential for commercialization—will not push the importance of the issues to the outer perimeter of discussion.
Glen P. Robbins

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