A CNN poll shows 47 percent of Americans are afraid Sen. John McCain, if elected, wouldn’t complete his first term as president in good health.

Nearly 30 of the 47 percent are “very concerned” about McCain’s health and his ability to complete a four-year term as president of the United States, one of the most stressful jobs in the world.

McCain released an extensively long health record earlier this year to try and stymie these types of fears.‚  His physician also released a statement concluding that there is no reason “that would preclude McCain from fulfilling all the duties and obligations.”

There are some doubts about Sen. Barack Obama’s health, too.‚  Obama, a former smoker, has eight percent of those polled “very concerned” and 11 percent “somewhat concerned.”‚  Obama released a one-page medical record showing he is in excellent health.

But wait, McCain has more to worry about.‚  Twenty-seven percent of those polled said age would be one of several key factors when they cast their ballots in November.

McCain has had three bouts with skin cancer.‚  He, like Obama, was a smoker but he quit in 1980.

Obama quit smoking when he started his presidential campaign last year but has admitted he’s smoked a few times since then.

McCain’s health is obviously a concern; he’s 72 and could soon have one of the most trying jobs in the world.

The fears are understandable but this poll is surprising.‚  I for one didn’t think 30 percent of those polled would be “very concerned” about his health.‚  I’m not.

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Sachin Seth is the Blast Magazine world news reporter. He writes the Terra blog. You can visit his website at http://sachinseth.com or follow him on twitter @sachinseth

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