John McCainJohn McCainMcCain: Trump's withdrawal from TPP a 'serious mistake' Trump signs executive actions on TPP, abortion, federal hiring freeze Rubio to vote for Tillerson MORE beat Barack ObamaBarack ObamaTrump declares his inauguration day a 'National Day of Patriotic Devotion' Poll: Trump gets historically low approval rating during first days as president With Obama’s forgiveness of Manning, justice takes a backseat to politics 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.