[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/04/03/art.poll.gi.jpg caption="Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new poll suggests that the number of Americans who believe the country is ready for a black president is on the rise.
Seventy-six percent of those polled in a CNN/Essence Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Thursday say that the country is ready. That's up 14 points from December 2006, at the start of the presidential campaign.
"Some of the increase in the number of Americans who say the country is ready for a black president is a simple recognition of Barack Obama's success in the Democratic primaries," said Keating Holland, CNN's polling director.
- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser