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. dave

    Would someone SHUT UP the group on tv right now. They are so full of crap. And to the one black lady on the panel, you better hope that we are not changing from the "Joe the plummer" society because your people are not the ones out there creating businesses and jobs. Your people are the ones living off the system. Celebrate your payback for being brought over because is all over now.

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  2. musso

    Congrats to Obama n ppl of America for choosing hope over fear, change over same old policies and a new direction towards peace and prosperity ....

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  3. Bishop Rawle Jones

    this is the day the lord has made, and he has bless it ,today is a bless day in amercia history, the dream has come alive

    God bless amercia and may God Bless and keep The President Elect and his family.

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  4. Emma from Texas

    Oh my God, I think I am gonna cry from over joy. Let's welcome President Obama! I am so happy that I voted for Obama!
    God bless President Obama! And God bless the USA.

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  5. alex

    wowwow. are you kidding? 52-48 is a huge win

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  6. Barbara in NC

    No more lies, hate and division. NO MORE SARAH

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  7. Thin Ice?

    52-48 is not thin ice, when BUSH won with FEWER individual votes! This is not thin ice, this is permafrost!! I love it!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  8. Ohioans for Obama

    McCain finished honorably and for that we Democrats respect him. Obama will make a great President and McCain will continue to serve us well in the Senate. Good Job America! We all won tonight.

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  9. Chuka Onya

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

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  10. step

    america is going to become a weak country now.

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

    Well played, Obama. Well played.

    You'll find republicans are far more gracious in defeat than democrats ever are. If a republican looses, it's a good game. If a democrat looses, then someone must have fixed the race.

    Your failure is complete now, Dubbah. Enjoy your retirement on that ranch in Texas. You've earned it!

    November 4, 2008 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  12. Republican for change

    Someone call the U-Haul...Bush is going home to Texas!!

    President Obama
    04-Nov-2008

    November 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  13. Hillary

    All the popular vote counts are not in yet. I imagine the current number does not include votes from California. He is not on thin ice by no means.

    November 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  14. JT from TN

    we are excited to hope and getback to work and back in control of things.

    November 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  15. Maureen

    I am proud to be an American today. Congratulations President Obama – the people have spoken. Thank you for giving us all hope for the future!

    November 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  16. roderick cunningham

    We must come togethier as I nation under God and Obama

    November 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  17. Voter08

    thin ice? I don't think so.

    Look at the electoral votes. It's a Landslide!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  18. Darcy

    Now, now republicans. Don't be poor losers. Embrace the nation's choice!

    November 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  19. Smoyo

    Tomb's up for obama

    November 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  20. Megan Bryan

    I stood in the rain for two hours today to vote for Obama and it was worth every minute! It is time for a change that is needed very much!

    November 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  21. Chuka Onya

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

    November 4, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  22. BillyBob

    Great!!!! Now I can get a government check.........

    November 4, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  23. Kenya Anderson

    This is the day we made it to "The Promise Land"!!! MLK you can RIP now, we did it!

    November 4, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  24. Olusegun Aribido

    Yes we have gotten a change and we expect the change. Congrat Obama and Joe

    November 4, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  25. charles

    WHAT A HISTORICAL NIGHT. EVERY LOW INCOME PERSON WILL BE CELEBRATING KNOWING THEY HAVE A FREE RIDE NOW. I HOPE THE REST CAN SURVIVE .

    November 4, 2008 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
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