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. DanielleG

    wowwwww...yeah...skating on your ice! He's your president now...if you don't like it MOVE!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    america better get ready for a downfall

    November 4, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  3. vitus

    obama we are very happy to have you as our next persident

    November 4, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  4. Liz, FL

    Over 3 million votes, you call that thin ice? That is rock solid for me!

    November 4, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  5. S. Boatman

    Congrats On The LANDSLIDE VICTORY . . . PRESIDENT OBAMA!

    November 4, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  6. David

    Have at it Obama!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  7. john m

    Where is discussion of the popular vote?
    51-48 what a landslide (he said with a smirk)

    November 4, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  8. Corey Wolak

    His policies will further ruin the country. His ideas of raising gun and ammunition prices and taxes will have drastic effects on already struggling states. People do not realize what a positive impact hunting has on states economies.

    November 4, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  9. Phil

    Well, that was fun :>)! No matter who you voted for, the people have spoken and we have a new President...time for us to give him the support and respect the office deserves.

    November 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  10. Obamasupporter

    The first president since 1988 to recieve more than 51% of the General Vote. Awesome. Change for America. President-elect Barack Obama.

    November 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  11. Tamara

    wowwow..did you get your info from Sarah Palin?? This was an amazing victory. As McCain said, "The American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly.” What a GREAT day in the U.S.A.!!

    November 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  12. mone

    McCain would too. lol

    November 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  13. claire

    OBAMA/BIDEN 08! Yes We Can! America has spoken!

    November 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  14. Jen

    Congratulations to Obama from a McCain voter. It is my hope that since this election is over, we can stop insulting each other, calling each other names, and saying horrible things about the candidates. If this is the man that Americans want as President, then I'll support him.

    November 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  15. Lisa F SWPA

    Congratulations Barack !

    NO MORE JOE the "plumber." or failin' Palin

    whew

    November 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  16. JT from TN

    woooohooooo, breaking down the walls once and for all......Congrates to O'bama....let's get to work.

    November 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  17. Ray

    Its about time there will be change in this world that is so despreatly needing change!! Congrats Obama! You deserve it!

    November 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. Toni

    I'd have to say I'm concerned on the future of our nation in hands of Obama! Thank God Texas can still sugessed from the nation!

    November 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  19. tasha

    palin time to go back home and continue watching Russia from your house

    November 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  20. nula

    America has spoken and we were finally heard our vote will better the future and together we are united as one in the begining of the day we are americans no matter what race or color and at the end we are equal americans are red white and blue will always shine and fly high I love usa and im proud to be an american change will make a difference

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  21. J J

    Trickle up poverty....here we come

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  22. BK

    CNN thanks for your media bias for the last two years. You have misinformed and withheld information to the people you are hired to inform. If I could remove your network from my progamming I would. My promise to you is I will never watch CNN again. Good bye.

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  23. Chris from St. Louis

    The election is over .... One special request for political pundits .... please please do not make Obama's election a race issue ... Because, it is NOT ... he is our president not because of his race ... It is his message and his ability to reach beyond race, religion or country of origin.

    Please do not trivialize this victory ...

    And, a special message to President Obama .... please keep the race (and people like Rev. Jackson, and opportunists like him) away from your governance. GOD bless ...

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  24. dave b.

    WooHoo!!! I am 35 years old and have never before had tears well up when a new president was announced. From shame to pride in a matter of hours!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  25. Marie Kolbe

    Thanks for your coverage. I am a student in Rome, living in a house of students from all over the world who are just as engaged by this election as we are in the states. They keep me on my toes for sure!

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
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