John McCainJohn McCainCNN to host town hall featuring John McCain, Lindsey Graham Pentagon mulling split of NSA, Cyber Command McCain made secret trip to Syria MORE beat Barack ObamaBarack ObamaFrench fans to Obama: Run for president here Will CPAC denounce Putin's war against democracy? Obama lawyers team up to fight Trump MORE by a margin of 25 percentage points when Gallup asked Americans whether each candidate could handle the responsibilities of commander in chief of the U.S. military.

Gallup reported today that 80 percent think McCain can handle the job, while 55 percent think Obama can.

Obama also faces a disadvantage in negative responses: 40 percent said Obama could not handle the responsibilities of commander in chief, while 17 percent said McCain could not.

Gallup polled 1,625 Americans aged 18 or older June 15-19 for the study.