November 4th, 2008
06:48 PM ET
6 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. Barbara in NC

    We want to look forward.

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 4, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Independent white female patriotic voter

    Obama!Obama!Obama!

    November 4, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Barbara in NC

    I love David Gergen – he knows Obama will be our next President.

    Kentucky folks are just not yet in the 21st century. More reasons for a better education in ALL States.

    Obama/Biden

    November 4, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. Big Dave in FL

    Philadelphia democrats must not be very confident if they feel it is necessary to employ the Blank Panthers to intimidate any possible republican votes in their inner-city precincts. I am not surprised that they aren't willing to win without these types of tactics. Pathetic!

    November 4, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE, VOTE A STRAIGHT DEMOCRATIC TICKET!

    Maybe, the religious fascists in control of the Reptilian party will see America, does not share their HATE VALUES.

    November 4, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Biff

    Ugh....

    freaking "values" voters....

    you guys STILL owe America an apology for GWB...

    November 4, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. inthebasement

    Vote for Party or Country.Pretty easy to see who the Patriots are isn't it America?

    November 4, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. Bridgette-PA

    OBAMA/BIDEN -ALL THE WAY

    November 4, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. Chris from St. Louis

    The biggest difference is ... Obama supporters do not want to elect a 'hateful war mongering idiot' ....

    November 4, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. ***No longer lost in the fog***

    We NEED a Change! McCain knew that when he stole Obamas slogan. The Americans are burnt out after the last 8 years.

    November 4, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. Ike

    God Help us if Mccain has a stroke, He is a good Candidate for a stroke, Dont you see what he looks like, He just looks like a stroke waiting to happen and then what His running mate? ha ha ha Maybe we would have better luck asking for a polar bear for help!!!

    November 4, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. Wake-up America

    VALUES!! I don't understand the Right Wing Republicans anymore. What values has this campaign shown you? All they have shown is how to deceve, lie, attack someones character, racism, show hatered and bigotedness. If that is the values you are talking about, than you have NO VALUES and you are all HYPOCRITS!!!

    November 4, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Chrissy

    I'm another first time voter who did not vote for Obama. Being sick of a broken Republican party is no reason to vote for one of the most liberal senators in Washington. Do you people even know what you are voting for or are you just so inspired by his speeches you figure he MUST be good for this country...? The Republican party knows it needs to be fixed to run the way it was intended, and now that we hit rock bottom with the Wall Street crisis, I believe it would finally happen if John McCain was President. He ran a crappy campaign; but I still think he is good for this country.

    November 4, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. NO MORE DAYS TO LISTEN TO MOOSE FLATULENCE FROM THE NEWLY CROWNED 2008 MISS MOOSE ANAL SPHINCTER UNTIL 2012!

    We want a government that cares for all people.

    We want our religion in church.

    November 4, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. bern

    The main difference between Obama voters and McCain voters is much more fundamental. Obama voters, as a whole, are smarter, want positive change and are willing to look past the stupidity of racism. McCain voters on the other hand are comparatively not as intelligent, racist for the most part and closed minded.

    November 4, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  16. Johnny Badger

    This is what I love about CNN's polling. I cannot wait to read their next "Flash Exit Poll" – "Most Catholics indicated that they don't agree with abortion". I for one cannot wait for you guys to go back to your regularly scheduled content like farming embryos for miracle cures to ingrown toenails.

    November 4, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN AMERICA IT'S TIME FOR CHANGE

    November 4, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  18. aallen

    2% of Obama voters are looking for experience in their Commander-in-Chief. That sounds about right. Maybe a little high...

    November 4, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Tat

    Change? What happened to the change in my pocket?

    Oh, Obama. I can already feel your hand on my wallet.

    November 4, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  20. Gozy

    Yeah dats right...Obama is the Man!

    November 4, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  21. obama lover

    obama has done it.....lets watch him on the world stage

    November 4, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  22. Ryan

    Barack Obama is the guy who can bring about change.

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 4, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  23. shaun

    the amazing thing is the same repubs were making similar arguments to get Bush elected. Some people never learn.....or maybe forget too soon. Dont you understand that Obama's tax rates are similar to the rates during Clintons or Reagons time.....were they then socialists too..how did big businesses do during those time?...the only thing that is new here is that McCain will start taxing your health insurance....please think.

    November 4, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  24. Chris H

    Republicans are SOOO upset that Obama is ahead that they just had to create all of these Ballot initiatives to ban abortion, Affirmative Action and equality for gay people just to give themselves some solace tonight.

    And for that reason, tonight will be bitter-sweet for all fair minded Americans.

    November 4, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  25. Ex DEM

    Not even Obamas grandmother wanted to wait and see what he would do to the country.

    November 4, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
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