November 4th, 2008
11:36 PM ET
6 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. don

    God Bless America! God Bless Obama! God Bless Us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  2. No Hillary = No Obama

    Excited about what? Some smooth-talking wannabe who has done nothing to deserve the White House except play a game of strategy. It should have been Hillary and would have been if not for our sexist country.

    November 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  3. KJL

    Congrats to Barack and Michelle Obama! I wish his beloved grandmother had lived to see this moment.

    November 4, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  4. Jennifer RN

    I am ecstatic!!!! Yay Obama/Biden!

    November 4, 2008 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  5. WOWWOW

    52-48% popular vote, this guy is skating on thin , very thin, ice

    November 4, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  6. Obama4Prez

    Congrats to the new president!

    Obama/Biden 08

    November 4, 2008 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  7. amanda

    Obama used a lot of money for his campaign. I wonder where he got it. Oh yeah my tax money!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  8. David

    I feel sick.

    November 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  9. From TX

    We're Screwed.

    November 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  10. Adil K.

    Obama 2008!!!!
    I knew that!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  11. VA Woman for Obama!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a wonderful and historic night.

    November 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  12. Turner, GA

    Can we now finally come together as one America again?

    November 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  13. G.R.

    John McCain gave a great speech at a time when he lost an election. Bravo!

    November 4, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  14. Carrie Pa

    President Barack Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  15. Miguel Molina (Chicago)

    IT'S OVER!
    HA!
    CHICAGO CELEBRATES TONIGHT!

    November 4, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  16. Andrew

    I hope that his election will serve as a turning point for elections to come; proving that ideas and hope will win over gutter politics that has plagued our past history.

    November 4, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  17. tedious898

    Do me a favor CNN....

    PLEASE GIVE TARA WALLS HER EXIT PAPERS. WE'VE HEARD ENOUGH FROM THIS LESS THAN INFORMED POLITICAL PUNDIT. SHE'S AS CLUELESS AS THE MOST UNINFORMED "TATER BRAIN"

    November 4, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  18. Ken, Republican Voted for Obama

    Im so happy

    November 4, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  19. Bernard

    I want to congratrate Obama. He will be the president that the world need

    November 4, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  20. Purple Alaska

    Congratulations America....

    YES WE DID!

    November 4, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  21. DanielleG

    In one word....Amazing, simply amazing!
    Everyone is represented!

    America has spoken

    Obama/Biden 08

    No more nasty talk, no more evil blogs, lets get together and make it happen!!

    November 4, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  22. GA4Obama

    Wooooooo!!!! Go Obama! I knew you could do it! Yes we can!

    Obama/Biden 08'/12'

    November 4, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  23. Nicki

    Not as thin as Bush, at least he won it fair and square!

    November 4, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. Barbara in NC

    Thank God. The level-headed one won.

    November 4, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  25. MC

    An election about BIG things! None bigger than everyone now working together as 1 nation!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
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