Of course, those are generic numbers, and people are probably more positive about McCain than they are worried about his age. Still, it demonstrates the problem he confronts. Below is a handy Table of the Objectionable and the corresponding candidate who fits the slot.
Category________No Worries___Worries___CandidateI also wonder whether people are more likely to tell the truth about their worries about age (no social stigma) than race (a big one). In any case, interesting.
Woman______________ 88%________11% ______Hillary
Hispanic___________ 87%________12% ______Richardson
Mormon_____________ 72%________24% ______Romney
Married 3x_________ 67%________30% ______Giuliani
72 years old_______ 57%________42% ______McCain