November 4th, 2008
06:48 PM ET
5 years ago

Schneider: McCain v. Obama voters

From CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider

(CNN) - Voters for John McCain and Barack Obama appear to significantly differ on the qualities they want in their next president, according to the exit polls.

Of those who voted for McCain, more than 40 percent said they want a president who "shares my values," while a nearly equal margin wanted a president with experience. Only 6 percent of McCain voters said they wanted a president who could bring about change or a president who "cares about people."

But 60 percent of Barack Obama voters said they wanted a president who can bring about change, while just under 20 percent said they were looking for a leader who shares their values. Just over 15 percent of Obama voters wanted a president who "cares about people," while only 2 percent named experience as the top quality they want in their commander in chief.


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  1. nelda

    Who wants to share McCain's "values?" McCain ran out on his wife because he came back from the war and found her disfigured from a car accident. He's the one who kept cheating on her with various women and then went on to Cindy . McCain filed for a marriage license when , in fact, he was still married to his 1st wife!
    McCain is the one who called his wife a " c- – t",.. McCain is the one who shoved a woman in a wheelchair. McCain is the one who speaks profanities at congressmen and anyone who annoys him.
    McCain is the one who ran this campaign with lies and distortations.
    You call this "values?"

    November 4, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. Lisa, MD

    GREETINGS EVERYONE I KNOW WE ARE A FEW HOURS AWAY FOR THE FINAL BALLOT I'M NERVOUS BUT I'M GOING TO KEEP MY HEAD UP. PLEASE EVERYONE I KNOW IT'S HARD TO IGNORE MCCAIN OR HIS CAMPAIGN FOR CONTINUING TO ATTACK OBAMA. HEY AS OBAMA SUPPORTER WE HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT A LOT TO GAIN. THIS IS FOR EVERYONE EVEN THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE ABROAD. YES WE CAN !!!!!!!!!

    HAVE A BLESSED EVENING

    November 4, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  3. ***No longer lost in the fog***

    Once Obama becomes the 44th President, I think people will be impressed with not only the way the world views US, but also, what they have (better education, our sons/daughters/wives/husbands home from Iraq, health care etc) and what they will get when the Re'lic party is OUTTA THERE and no longer lining THEIR pockets with OUR money!!! 13 cars...7 houses...clothes they will probably never wear etc...

    November 4, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  4. Big Dave in FL

    CNN is very partisan. They have censored my comments. How can you trust a news organization when they will only tell you what they want you to hear.

    November 4, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. Winnie Hussein.... in Montana

    The New Black Panther Party, if indeed those gentlemen were members and not just posers, did not deploy to intimidate whites or republicans. Get a grip on reality, here. These guys were in a majority black precinct to keep any GOP operatives from suppressing the votes of those black citizens. Geez, can't you think outside yourself and your party?

    November 4, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. Big Dave in FL

    CNN is very partisan. They have censored my comments. How can you trust a news organization when they will only tell you what they want you to hear?

    November 4, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. NJ

    to texas forever-–
    In Philadelphia Pa. It was definately a black man dress in the typical black panther garbs with a nightstick saying "white power doesn't rule anymore"
    not allowing white people to enter the voting office. The cops were called and told them to leave. But they later came back and the cops
    were called again. Fear tactics to scare people to vote for Obama.
    check Foxnews.com

    November 4, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Converted Republican

    Socialism... smocalism. It was just another "scare tactic" for Republicans finding themselves backed into a corner. If they want to blame someone... blame Enron, Exxon, AIG. Gone are the days of Regan's trickle down theory. Republicans let these greedy executives write their own rules and what did they do? They padded their salaries, gave themselves golden parachutes and prayed only to the dividend gods on Wall Street and THEN were stupid enough to go bankrupt. They forgot if they don't keep employees healthy with affordable healthcare, keep their jobs here in the US there's no one able to buy their products or invest money in their banks. Someone(Obama) needs to reign them in and get their priorities straight. Quite frankly Mickey Mouse could've run against the failed Republican ideology and won.

    Personally I'm going to enjoy having an intelligent President that can talk his way out of a paperbag instead of having to shoot himself out

    November 4, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    If mccains voters wanted experence, HOW IN GODS NAME COULD THEY SUPPORT A SILLY AND STUPID VP LIKE PALIN, GIVE ME A BREAK!! OBAMA-BIDEN TRUE LEADERS

    November 4, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  10. Kris in LA

    Don't any of you dear Republicans realize that you will never, ever, EVER win some of us Democrats into even kind of listening to you till you GET OUT OF BED with the Christian coalition??? Separation of church and state. Y'all are so scared of the Muslims, but you want the same thing – to convert everyone and for yours to be the only way. It may surprise you to learn that quite a lot of people are perfectly capable of moral behavior and good ethics without the help of organized religion. "Lord, save me from your followers!"

    November 4, 2008 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  11. a bar in boston

    If McCain wins and tries to overturn Roe vs.Wade I'm going to freak out.
    How is it that someone in the military who's job it is to kill people, can tell me that when i was 17, was raped, and got pregnant I'm not allowed to kill my braindead fetus?

    My brother is in the miltarry, and with McCain its very likely he'll be heading out to the middle east soon.

    I don't agree fully with Obama that he will be able to do what he say he will, but I voted for him because he is the most in line with my values and where I want to see this country headed, in more ways than military and prochoice areas too.

    I fear for this nation. I just hope we get a breath of fresh air and a new generation of ideas.
    Obama08!

    November 4, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  12. martin0641

    There is no reason to vote for McCain. His "experience" is negative, and has in large part responsible for this financial crisis and this war.

    He belongs in jail, not the white house.

    Sarah Palin is a total nutjob, and needs no further comment.

    Every complaint against Obama has thus far been about things other people did, not things he did. Complaints about McCain are specific, and directly linked to McCain himself.

    The job of the president is to defend the U.S. constitution, and Barack Obama is a constitutional law professor. He is qualified by occupation, by intellect, and by his stance on the issues thus far. He is also qualified, because the American people have decided so. No matter what a bunch on loony freedom-hating fundamentalists think.

    November 4, 2008 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  13. Barq

    how can people honestly complain about the lack of Obama's qualifications when some ignorant hockey mom with less than a couple of years in a position greater than smalltown mayor is a heartbeat away from the presidency?

    November 4, 2008 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Charles

    Hey Indiana Chris you are a moron. How did you even figure out how to post a comment. You are the type my parents warned me about.

    November 4, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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