Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaSmearing presidential election will turn off young voters and undermine democracy 'Black Panther' star criticized for sharing video questioning COVID-19 vaccine Black voters: Low propensity, or low priority? MORE is more trustworthy, understanding, caring, independent minded, and would work better with members of the other party than John McCainJohn Sidney McCainChoking — not cheating — was Trump's undoing Gabby Giffords congratulates Mark Kelly with throwback photo of her own swearing-in McConnell in tough position as House eyes earmark return MORE in the eyes of American voters, a new USA Today/Gallup poll finds.

Gallup asked Americans to compare Obama and McCain on a wide array of personal characteristics, and Obama beat McCain in all but two of the ten categories: who can manage the government more effectively (the two tied at 42 percent), and who is a strong and decisive leader (McCain topped Obama 46 percent to 40 percent).

Obama bested McCain on questions of who understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives (54 percent to McCain's 29 percent); cares about the needs of people like you (52 percent to 30 percent); is independent in his thoughts and actions (52 percent to 36 percent); would stand up to special interests, including those aligned with his own party (48 percent to 34 percent); would work well with both parties to get things done in Washington (48 percent to 35 percent); has a clear plan for solving the country's problems (41 percent to 31 percent); shares your values (47 percent to 39 percent); and is honest and trustworthy (39 percent to 35 percent).

In those categories, Obama averaged a 14 percentage point lead over McCain. The same poll found Obama leading McCain 48 percent to 42 percent in who Americans want to be president.

Gallup surveyed 1,625 Americans over the age of 18 June 15-19 for the poll.