April 3rd, 2008
04:01 PM ET
7 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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– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser


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soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. gary

    Sure they are. There just bias against HRC because she's a woman. You O.B. woman supporters should be proud of her ,but you have so much hate. Its you Clinton haters, O.B. supporters and media that have trashed the Clintons and never gave HRC a fair shake. What comes around goes around.HRC was our only prayeer to bring the changes we needed.O.B. will bring a change back 50yrs.You O.B. supporters dont even know anything really about him.There is a saying in this country. What you dont know wont hurt you. Think about it.

    April 3, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Nuna

    We are absolutely ready for a black president !

    April 3, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. Bill, Covington

    "Growing number say country is ready for a black president"
    I notice they say "country" why not name the country. If you ask is the United States of America ready for a black president, what would be the answer?
    Quit playing games with polls, we all realize how easily they can be manipulated.

    April 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Nobama, Illinois

    If it is people like Powell, yes. As another congressman puts it, Obama is a mediocre compare to other black leaders. He does not deserve to be a US senator how much more, US president..

    Say NO to Obama

    April 3, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Independant-Voter

    All for Obama. Just hope and pray that he keeps away from the Clintons when he gets in. He does not need to learn how to
    lie to the American People. Hope he also remembers we
    are going to expect CHANGE as he promised. That is why I
    am voteing for Obama. Politicians and diapers need to be
    changed once in a while for much the same reasons!!
    DS from Iowa

    April 3, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. Sharon Minnesota

    I'm ready. Any black man except Obama.

    If we really want change, let's get a woman in the white house. A man is just a man no matter what his skin color he brings trouble every time. Just look at the how things are now.

    Let's make a real change for the good and have a woman run the country.

    Hillary Clinton 08

    April 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. Posn

    I think we are more than ready

    Barack Obama Fired up and ready to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  8. Robert IL (typical white male)

    I know I am. Anything is better than a lying white woman.

    OBAMA 08

    April 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  9. Venus

    Can they include the FACT that Obama is also half-white? Instead of saying a black president – why not just say he is MIXED? Or – since this is 2008 why the race – why not just an American?

    April 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Bit, Alabama

    Why can't these candidates just be two people running for President and not labeled as a woman or a "black" man?

    Come on America....we have a long way to go in this country. We (America) are probably the only country that is divided by race and won't stick together as a nation.

    Shame on us America!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Democratic Party 08!

    April 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. ATL - Atlanta

    I'd like to know where and who CNN Polls. Do they realize that polling the employees who are already brain washed does not count.

    April 3, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  12. Marc

    Let me know when one runs.

    April 3, 2008 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  13. Obama is a Joke

    I am ready for any type of President...however, i am not ready for Obama to be President – and yes media, it is not a racial "thing"...Get over it with these stupid polls.

    April 3, 2008 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. ATL - Atlanta

    This is for Sally; there is DANGER and SURPRISE ahead. Can't you see that! This is why it is important to get the right person for the job. And this is clearly not obama.

    April 3, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  15. Kegel

    I remember when people didn't want to elect John Kennedy – because he was a CATHOLIC! At some point, all this bigotry has to end.

    April 3, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Jim in Texas

    Yes, ready for a Black president but not a RACIST Black president. Someone like Colin Powell would reach more people, he does not demostrate a RACIST background like that of Obama.

    April 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  17. Daniel, WA

    I am ready for black president but not Obama. Obama should just vanish.

    April 3, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  18. Brian

    God bless you Senator Obama... ahem, Mr. President!

    OBAMA '08!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  19. Wake up

    Wake up and stop putting words in people's mouths. We are ready for a black president, what we're not ready for is someone with no experience. The way the United States is at this point in time, I for one want someone with experience. Either Hillary or John McCain. And I believe it will be one of the two. Final!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  20. Janel, St. Paul, MN

    Quite frankly, I don't think of Obama as a "black" candidate. I view him to be the "best" candidate.

    April 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  21. skipper

    black? I thought he was human.
    there is only ONE race that is the human race....nuff said

    April 3, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  22. jf

    This has never been about skin color for most Obama detracters. It is more about the myth of the man. Cold hard logic and taking the time to do research is what has a lot of us uneasy. I honestly think we have grown up in this country and understand that gender and color are not and should not be a deciding factor on anything. Most democrats that have been around for a while understand that there aren't going to be any big changes. Going on a tour and turning a run for the presidency into American Idol works. People love to hear hope and problem solving. But's it's an empty promise mostly. The next few years are going to be tough enough without people suffering huge disappointment, which is what seems to be coming next if this guy gets in with such huge expectations waving in the wind.

    April 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. amy

    Sure, but not this time. Too much unanswered about Obama. Not enought experience either. Have to go with the tried and true Hillary.

    April 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. bon

    Show me a country run by a black president and I'll show you a place plagued by corruption, violence and general mismanagement.

    April 3, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  25. Indivisible and middleaged

    Yes we're ready for a black president.
    Yes this the right man at the right time.
    Rather than a being woman candidate, Hillary is running more as a corrupt couple desperately clinging to power.
    When the right woman runs I'll support her but the best candidate for our country happens to be the black candidate.

    April 3, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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