80 Percent Think McCain Can Command Military; 55 Percent Think Obama Can

John McCainJohn McCainFive takeaways from the Indiana primary Overnight Energy: Clinton takes on former coal industry CEO The Trail 2016: Indiana gets ugly on GOP judgment day MORE beat Barack ObamaBarack ObamaClinton still on track for nomination despite Indiana setback Trump takes Indiana, forcing Cruz out of GOP race Morris: 2016 a 1952 redux 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.

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