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. Congrats

    very excited that Obama won, were going to see a turn around for the better, I feel the economy will get much better and I feel the bes man has won. :)

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  2. Kelli

    Congrats Obama/Biden! Lead us in the right direction.. Show the doubters faith!

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  3. Change

    Thank my freaking God.....

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  4. Californian4Obama

    Congratulations to our 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama!!

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. CJM

    Well hang on to your guns, your jobs and your earnings because our next presidents agenda is going to turn us into the next France. He is a socialist in every aspect of the word and if the country is dumb enough to vote for this man based on the color of his skin and lack of experience to go along with it, then we deserve everything we are about to get.

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  6. Niky

    They said this day would never come – President Barack Obama. Yes we can!

    November 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  7. Mardi

    What did Soledad just say?

    "The Minority is the Majority, it's not Joe the Plumber"

    Wow. So did someone in the media actually admit the white guy is the minority now?

    November 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  8. She Katt

    I think Obama is a wolf in sheeps clothing.... Bible is fulfilling it's prophey.... We are living in the end times.... I'm thinking it's all downhill from here....

    November 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  9. Clinton/McCain

    A lot of dumb people out there.

    November 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  10. reality

    landslide victory. largest popular vote victory since lyndon b. johnson.

    November 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  11. Aimee

    the electoral votes are all that speak. doesn't look like thin ice to me.

    November 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  12. Nick

    Landslide? You wish.. it was only be 3%

    November 4, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  13. FTT

    It is a sad day for america....A man with no substance and a new story for every voter is president. The next four years will be awful.

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  14. NoBarry

    Sad day for many Americans. We will spiral down even further now.

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  15. Barbara in NC

    CNN – I don't believe you when you allow the constant negative crap from WOWOW

    That's been on for TOO LONG

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  16. R

    thin ice? So Bush was skating on a soap bubble in the past 8 years!!

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  17. babygirl

    How can we vote for someone thaty doesn't truely believe in america but only about power. obama is nothing bu a lier. He can't he pay the respects of the flag and what it stands for. I feel regret of having aobama as president.

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  18. John Ardila

    God Bless you Mr. elected President you will be one of the greatest since JFK

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    GOD BLESS OBAMA!!!!!
    GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  20. Aimee

    it was a landslide where it mattered. just accept it.

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  21. J J

    Phil November 4th, 2008 11:47 pm ET

    "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."

    So would it be racist to bash Obama as many have bashed Bush the last eight years, since Bush never got the support and respect the office deserves. I am not one to think that Bush did a great job but it is pretty hypocritical, 52-48 percent is pretty close.

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  22. go america

    Congratulations President Hussein

    November 4, 2008 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  23. Dealt, Lisbon

    @WOWWOW
    Let us put it this way... Obama is skating on less thin ice than cCain would. Andd then he also has the support of a huge majority in the rest of the world. You're not alone anymore. You're respected again.

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  24. lipatterson

    i think this a great day for the country and for the people who call this home. May we find our way together to make this a place we can be proud of again.

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. Marlene H.

    I am so happy to be a part of such a historic moment. I never thought I would be able to see a African-American president and now here we are. God Bless you President Obama! Congrats.
    Marlene

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
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