A new poll shows voters are split over John McCain and Barack Obama on Iraq.
The Associated Press-Yahoo News poll says a strong majority of those surveyed think the Iraq war was wrong, but more find McCain better suited to deal with it than Obama, by a margin of 39% to 33%.
The hate-the-war, love-the warrior theme runs through the electorate: more than one in five of those who say they oppose the war also say they support McCain for president.
The sentiment does not discriminate by gender or by age. Most significantly, it splits independent voters in favor of McCain.
Unlike 2004, this election is not framed as one about national security. The economy and energy prices are pre-eminent in the minds of voters, and on those issues, Obama has the edge.
But one voter also says "we're kind of stuck" with Iraq and "we have to finish" -- prompting one Republican pollster to call those types of voters "nose-holders."
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