Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #14454
 
America's 1st Reaction -- Friday's McCain-Obama Debate Should Still Be Held On Friday, But Perhaps with New Focus: Immediately after John McCain's announcement at 3 pm ET today, Wednesday 09/24/08, that he was suspending his campaign and seeking to postpone Friday's scheduled presidential debate, SurveyUSA interviewed 1,000 adults nationwide. Key findings:

A majority of Americans say the debate should be held on Friday. Just 10% say the debate should be postponed. A sizable percentage of Americans, 36%, think the focus of the debate should be modified to focus more on the economy. 3 of 4 Americans say the presidential campaigns should continue. Just 14% say the presidential campaigns should be suspended. If Friday's debate does not take place, 46% of Americans say that would be bad for America.

 
Caveats: This survey was completed in middle of unprecedented and fast-changing news events. This survey should be viewed as a freeze-frame snapshot of public opinion at a unique moment in American history. Opinions can and should be expected to change as news events unfold. SurveyUSA did not characterize Senator McCain's comments nor Senator Obama's comments in any way in the research questionnaire.
 
The first debate between John McCain and Barack Obama is scheduled to take place in two days. Should the debate be held as scheduled? Should the debate be held, but the format changed to focus on the economy? Or, should the debate be postponed?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot SureNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Held As Scheduled50%52%49%48%54%53%46%51%50%49%49%50%66%56%51%48%56%54%46%50%53%37%50%51%47%56%
Held With Focus On Economy36%34%37%41%34%33%32%38%33%36%39%32%29%27%39%39%23%35%45%28%41%43%38%37%38%30%
Postponed10%11%8%6%8%12%17%7%14%10%7%11%5%14%6%10%16%7%8%17%3%13%8%8%11%10%
Not Sure4%3%5%6%4%2%5%5%4%4%5%7%0%4%4%3%5%3%2%5%3%8%4%4%5%4%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%28%24%17%60%40%72%11%11%6%31%39%23%27%37%18%43%49%8%20%22%35%22%
 
Is the right response to the turmoil on Wall Street to suspend the campaigns for president? To continue the campaigns as though there is no crisis? Or, to re-focus the campaigns with a unique emphasis on the turmoil on Wall Street?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot SureNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Suspend Campaigns14%18%10%13%11%16%15%12%16%11%15%25%26%20%10%11%21%11%10%21%8%9%14%9%15%15%
Continue Campaign31%34%28%28%33%35%29%30%32%33%32%23%23%31%31%33%34%35%27%29%34%26%28%35%31%31%
Re-focus The Campaign48%44%52%54%48%42%45%51%44%51%42%38%49%41%53%49%39%48%60%44%53%50%51%50%45%48%
Not Sure7%4%10%5%8%6%11%6%8%6%12%14%2%8%6%7%7%7%3%7%6%16%6%6%9%6%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%28%24%17%60%40%72%11%11%6%31%39%23%27%37%18%43%49%8%20%22%35%22%
 
3If Friday's presidential debate does not take place, would that be good for America? Bad for America? Or would it make no difference?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot SureNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Good For America14%15%12%14%8%14%21%11%17%13%14%19%15%15%15%9%17%11%13%17%11%9%11%12%17%12%
Bad For America46%44%47%45%53%45%34%49%41%47%58%32%28%39%53%46%38%50%54%38%54%38%44%53%42%45%
No Difference35%37%34%34%34%36%37%34%37%37%22%30%50%41%27%41%39%33%29%40%29%43%41%31%34%35%
Not Sure6%4%7%6%5%4%8%6%6%4%6%19%7%6%6%4%6%6%4%5%6%10%4%4%7%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%28%24%17%60%40%72%11%11%6%31%39%23%27%37%18%43%49%8%20%22%35%22%
 
4If Friday's presidential debate does not take place, would that be good for john McCain, bad for john McCain, or would it make no difference?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot SureNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Good For McCain21%25%17%25%18%21%16%22%19%21%25%19%16%14%26%21%16%21%30%18%26%10%22%26%20%14%
Bad For McCain21%19%23%20%26%19%19%23%19%21%32%16%18%16%26%21%15%26%19%16%26%12%17%14%28%22%
No Difference52%51%52%53%48%51%57%51%53%53%37%53%61%62%43%54%61%48%46%60%43%66%57%53%45%56%
Not Sure6%5%8%2%8%8%8%5%8%5%6%13%5%8%6%4%9%5%5%6%5%12%3%6%7%8%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%28%24%17%60%40%72%11%11%6%31%39%23%27%37%18%43%49%8%20%22%35%22%
 
5If Friday's presidential debate does not take place, would that be good for Barack Obama, bad for Barack Obama? Or would it make no difference?
1000 AdultsAllGenderAge<50 / 50+RaceParty AffiliationIdeologyWho Will Win?Region
Margin of Sampling Error: ± 3.2%MaleFemale18-3435-4950-6465+18-4950+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalMcCainObamaNot SureNortheasMidwestSouthWest
Good For Obama16%18%14%17%14%16%18%15%17%15%19%22%14%17%18%12%18%15%16%17%16%9%13%16%19%14%
Bad For Obama26%26%27%33%28%22%18%30%20%25%31%28%27%19%30%28%20%27%28%21%32%19%27%28%25%27%
No Difference52%51%52%48%50%54%59%49%56%55%45%37%52%58%47%55%55%54%51%56%47%59%57%49%48%54%
Not Sure6%5%7%2%8%8%6%5%7%5%5%12%7%6%6%4%7%4%5%5%5%13%4%7%7%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Adults100%48%52%32%28%24%17%60%40%72%11%11%6%31%39%23%27%37%18%43%49%8%20%22%35%22%