There appears to be a gap of between 10 and 20 points between how voters see the parties and what they think of the candidates.
• By seven points, they identify as Democrats more than Republicans. However, by 16 points, they say that if they faced the “toughest decision of your life” they would go to McCain rather than Obama for advice.
• They think the Democrats will do better on healthcare by 19 points, but by 20 points they think McCain is more qualified than Obama to be president.
• They prefer the Democrats to deal with the economy by four points (down from 10) but feel — by eight points — that the Republicans better understand what it is like to live day by day in America.
• While they are more likely to vote Democrat for Congress, they rate Obama as more of a talker than a doer by 20 points and rate McCain the opposite by 15 and, by nine points, they think the Republican ticket has the better judgment than the Democratic ticket.