April 3rd, 2008
04:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Growing number say country ready for black president

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll suggests that the number of Americans who believe the country is ready for a black president is on the rise.

Seventy-six percent of those polled in a CNN/Essence Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Thursday say that the country is ready. That's up 14 points from December 2006, at the start of the presidential campaign.

"Some of the increase in the number of Americans who say the country is ready for a black president is a simple recognition of Barack Obama's success in the Democratic primaries," said Keating Holland, CNN's polling director.

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  1. Haley Rodman Clemson

    The idea of a black president is not a problem and has never been a problem for me. Having the most liberal Senator elected president is a much, much larger problem.

    April 3, 2008 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  2. Dave C - NJ

    Good Lord, anyone that can't judge a person on a case-by-case basis in the year 2008 should go eat some Chinese paint chips.

    April 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Nancy

    YES WE ARE!! AND YES WE CAN!!!!

    April 3, 2008 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. April in Texas

    Im certainly ready!!! Go Obama

    Obama 08

    April 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. An Agnostic Democrat

    The right black president as opposed to the wrong woman president. I am hopeful that a much more decent, honest, dignified, magnanimous and deserving woman runs for president so that I may vote for her in complete faith and confidence.

    April 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. P Graber

    A vote for Hillary Clinton means never having to say you're sorry (or wrong) to the citizens of the United States of America and the people of the world.

    April 3, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  7. Jimmy

    But we are not ready for a woman president. Look at that commander and chief show with Geena Davis – cancelled. On the other hand there have already been 2 black presidents on 24. Co-incidence? I think not.

    Hillary is fighting an uphill battle. May be in 4 years.

    April 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  8. Alison B

    It is time for change. YES WE CAN!!

    April 3, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. After further review,Texas

    That is the biggest Media lie ever told.

    April 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. chris

    I do not believe this.

    Obama cannot win and cannot be trusted!

    April 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Molly Ware, PA

    . . . .Senator Obama is not just black. He is white also. He has a little
    bit of something for all of us to share. That what makes him so special.

    YES WE CAN.
    Obama 08.

    April 3, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. Jim

    I agree................as long as it could be Colin Powell. Obama couldn't even carry Powell's lapel pin.

    April 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Counting Down

    Of course! We have always been ready, but not always been willing.

    I am glad to be a part of the 40 million raised (I donated 25 dollars in March and 75 dollars in February). Caucuses for Obama in Texas!

    -Barack Obama for President-

    April 3, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Yes, DM again Arlington, TX

    Yes We Can.

    Go Obama

    April 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. EBC

    Need we say more?

    I think the country has spoken, despite all the hoopla, etc.

    April 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  16. Debbie

    This is because the young voters are participating in this election. They are not prejudice like the older generation. It is time for a change. The politics of old don't work anymore. It is time for the young voters to take a stand for their own futures. Maybe get a fresh start. God knows the babyboomer generation won't.

    April 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Freida NYC/Frustrated with CNN

    Whatever CNN!, Again you are injecting the "race card" when in reality America is facing major national and world wide issues. CNN, instead of wasting your time and ours with this ridiculous polls, why don't you ask about the economy, war in Iraq, school system, mortgage crisis etc!? Who cares if your baby Obama is yellow, blue, red, black, or white... It is not relevant to the American issues. Stop this crap already.

    Hillary or McCain.

    April 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Tim

    There have been great strives in equality. But the very fact that we even have to have such a poll shows just how far we still need to go as a nation. That applies to any poll based on race or gender.

    April 3, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. kim portland, oregon

    i'll admit the numbers are a bit slanted with essence magazine in there, but this is GREAT news for america.

    the white men certainly havent done much for us in the past 7 years!!!

    April 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. WIll

    Ready or not, I think our country needs a black president as long as he fits all other qualifications. Which Obama does. BTW, as far as the experience question, all the 'experienced' politicians are the ones that got us in these messes in the first place.

    April 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Tex

    This is what makes America the greatest country in the world. We still have the vision that we can be better as a people and rise to the occasion. Obama is definitely the best candidate! He will win both the nomination and the general election.

    April 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. G. Morton, Pennsylvania

    . . . .Yes, especially after Senator Obama's thunderous and rude-
    awakening speech on race.

    Yes we can.

    April 3, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Johnny C.

    Ready for a Black President?

    Yes, long ago.

    Just not Obama.

    Black Americans for McCain '08

    April 3, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Janet

    I agree 100% we are ready for a black President, but Not
    Obama. If it were Colin Powell I would vote for him in a split minute,
    but Obama.. NO WAY..Powell is a true American, with no ties to a
    Rev. Wright. Obama..no experience.. wife hates america and speaks
    out with a vengence against America. Plus Obama and his campaign
    Lie about everything to cover up what is really going on.

    I'll wait for future elections to back a black canidate

    April 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. VOTER FOR TRUTH AND DIGNITY IN AMERICA

    Yes, sir. You said it. Black, White, Female, Male. What does it matter
    when our Country is hurting for the truth. We crave the truth and I
    and I think most of America get downright mad when someone tells
    a lie or distorts the truth. That goes for Mr. Edwards too. Was he
    promised the V.P job from Hillary??? That sounds like Hillary. I know
    Gov. Rendall of Pa has been promised the Sec. of Energy job by Hillary..............IF she wins, which I highly doubt. America craves the
    truth and Hillary and Bill cannot deliver. Wonder why America craves
    the truth????? America knows that answer well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We need new starting at the top. But keep the truthsayers and the good caring ones.

    Retired Professional White Woman for Obama from Day 1.

    April 3, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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