November 4th, 2008
11:36 PM ET
5 years ago

Exit Polls: Obama excitement

Obama supporters react to news that he is the projected to be the next president.
Obama supporters react to news that he is the projected to be the next president.

(CNN) - American voters - who elected Barack Obama president tonight - made their choice with a mixture of excitement and tempered optimism. Among the electorate as a whole, 30 percent indicated they would be excited if Obama won the election while 24 percent said they would be optimistic but not excited. Reflective of the election results, only 14 percent said they would be excited if McCain were elected and 32 percent optimistic.

Negative feelings and expectations are also held toward both candidates. Twenty-five percent reported they would be scared if Obama were elected and 20 percent concerned but not scared. With respect to McCain, 28 percent said they would be scared and 25 percent concerned.


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soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. Peris Kamau

    am so happy for the new president...... history has in deed been made.
    PERIS , KENYA.

    November 4, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  2. Smart voter

    CONGRATS OBAMA! GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! IF THERE IS A PLACE IN THIS WORLD WHERE U CAN SUCCEED IF U WORK HARD REGARDLESS WHO U ARE OR WHERE U COME FROM, THIS PLACE IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! GOD BLESS THIS COUNTRY AND GOD BLESS OBAMA!SO PROUD OF AMERICA!!! A YEAR AGO I DID NOT EVEN KNOW WHO IS OBAMA, COULD NOT EVEN SPELL HIS NAME, BUT THE MORE I KNEW THE GUY, THE MORE I LIKE HIM, THE MORE I ADMIRE HIM, THE MORE HE INSPIRES ME!!! HE IS A TRUE LEADER!!!NOW LET S GET TO WORK....

    November 4, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  3. Leo, Texas

    Well, he won fair and square. He wasn't my choice, but now it's time to put partisan politics behind us. Let's give our support to him and hope America made the right choice.

    November 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  4. holiday

    Congratulations to Obama...but I think the news anchor on election night are misinformed Obama is African/White...why do they keep saying Black...if they submit Black with being African-American than Obama is not Black...if they submit Black with his complexion..then why don't the call some HIspanics, Cubans, Jamaicans....Black???? This is crazy...I'm am Black/Chinese...I didn't want to vote for any of them...Obama is for issues regarding homosexuality, planned parenthood, MCcain economy plan is not favorable...anyway... The crazy thing is at Ebnezer Baptist Church is happy for someone who supports homosexual marriage, and planne parenthood..Do not go to this Church..Please...

    November 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  5. just the facts

    very close call.....hope you all are ready for more taxes..more laws.. and more gov spending...I own a electrical Co and will have to charge more when Obama's new laws come in...and Joe the plumber id going to have to charge more...good luck USA

    November 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  6. Stacy

    Im very happy for u and ur family

    November 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  7. Adebayo

    Congrats Mr. President....God bless Obama, God bless America.

    November 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  8. Sid

    I like the sound of that: President Obama

    November 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. Mail68

    Just make the changes and unite the country and God Bless us all President Elect Obama

    November 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  10. jeanie jacobs

    the people have spoken loud and clear,with their right to vote.this man is a Leo,and they are known for their loyalty,so let's give him the chance to fix all the mess left behind and support his efforts.

    November 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  11. Jamie

    Woo hoo! I am proud of America tonight! Now, let's get past this election as a unified country and move toward a peaceful and brighter tomorrow. God Bless Obama/Biden!

    November 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  12. John M

    Ummm, sorry but "change" is not voting for a candidate in a party that has been a major force in Washington for over a century. That is more of the same, just as voting for McCain would be more of the same. It is astounding how such poor performances in Washington has yielded no "change" by the voters – they keep voting for the Democrats and Republicans. Real change is when something truly different comes to and happens in Washington. Both parties are now for big government – how is that going to change? Both support policing of the world with military presences in over 130 countries – how will this change? Both parties consistently violate the Constitution – the law of the land. how will this change? the answers? It won't change. Good job America on voting in another 4 years of more of the same.

    November 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  13. ernest gakanga

    the americans have finally spoken.kudos.let the world emulate such a free n fair election.

    November 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  14. Patrice

    I am so overwhelmed by this election! Congratulations President Obama!

    November 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  15. nancy2u

    Rosa Sat
    so that King could walk
    so that Obama could run
    and our children could Fly

    God bless America

    November 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  16. S Mac

    Mark My Words.

    November 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  17. Tamara17

    We need to stop dividing our country with racist rants about the President Elect being a terrorist. All this BS that people threw in the mix in order to scare us and prevent us from trying something new and different. If he can run this country the way he ran his campaign we will be FINE! Congrats Senator, you earned this win FAIR AND SQUARE and with your dignity intact. I am thrilled that we actually had the courage to vote for change.

    November 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
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