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Portrait of a Swoon?

Take a look at some of that CBS/NYT poll. You get the impression that the Obama commitment isn’t deep and McCain has some substantive support out there. Could Obama be the guy you date in your youth but do not marry when it’s time to get serious? Some of it:

LOOKING AHEAD TO THE GENERAL ELECTION

February 20-24, 2008

CANDIDATE CHARACTERISTICS

(Among registered voters)

Obama Clinton McCain

Prepared to be president 39% 57% 73%

Needs more time 56 37 20

Would unite the country 67% 34% 51%

Would not 25 56 39

ABILITY TO HANDLE AN INTERNATIONAL CRISIS

Obama Clinton McCain

Confident 47% 39% 56%

Uneasy 47 56 39

EFFECTIVE COMMANDER IN CHIEF

Obama Clinton McCain

Very likely 23% 20% 48%

Somewhat 46 34 32

Not likely 28 45 18

IMPROVE FOREIGN RELATIONS

Obama Clinton McCain

Very likely 32% 23% 16%

Somewhat 45 41 52

Not likely 20 32 29

THE CANDIDATES ON THE ECONOMY AND IRAQ

CONFIDENT WILL MAKE RIGHT DECISIONS ON THE ECONOMY

Obama Clinton McCain

Very 20% 19% 11%

Somewhat 46 37 47

Not confident 31 41 38

CONFIDENT WILL MAKE RIGHT DECISIONS ON IRAQ

(Among registered voters)

Obama Clinton McCain

Very 20% 16% 27%

Somewhat 37 34 31

Not confident 40 48 40

IF THE CANDIDATES WERE…, WHO WOULD YOU VOTE FOR?

Obama beats McCain 50-38

McCain/Clinton tied 46-46

Especially given we’re at war, if polls mean anything right now, McCain looks to have something to work with here.

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