April 3rd, 2008
04:01 PM ET
13 years ago

Growing number say country ready for black president

[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.

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- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

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soundoff (218 Responses)
  1. Carrie PA

    After some thirty years, I am ashamed that race is still an issue in this country. People should vote for Barack Obama because he has the qualities to become a great president, period!

    Obama 08!

    April 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  2. ds

    A better question would be: Why are some Americans NOT ready for a black president?

    April 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Vince

    Yes we are ready for a President of any race or Gender. Right now Obama just happens to be the best choice available. Regardless of his race.

    April 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. 58 old white ladies for OBAMA



    April 3, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Patrick from CA

    Oh Wow!
    Another good news for Obama!
    Thanks CNN!

    April 3, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Mary

    It seems strange to me that after all these years of supposed equality we still need to ask if America is ready for a "black" President. Won't it be lovely when we can just say we have a man and a woman running for President?!!

    April 3, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Sony

    Americans ready for any color to be President but not Obama. Colin Powell might be ok to be President.

    April 3, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  8. Angel

    Yes We Will and "YES WE CAN Change we can believe in and trust"

    OBAMA 08 Enough said

    April 3, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Clara, Kennebunkport, MAINE

    . . . .More importantly , Most people are ready for a SMART man.

    Yes We Can.

    April 3, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  10. Michael

    Agreedd. Yes we are and yes we most totally can.

    April 3, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  11. BAKARI


    April 3, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Lee From Treasure Island Florida

    The right black man, yes. It would show our true greatness and unity as a nation. The entire world would look at us differently. It would be the begining of great things to come after a rough rocky period. Obama is exceptional, well spoken, inspirational, poised, and Presidential...he is the right man, at the right time.

    April 3, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  13. Saad

    Yeah right.... not right now. Hopefully soon but not this year. Only exception to the rule would've been Powell.

    April 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |

    We do not need to be ready for a black president.
    If the best and most qualified person happens to be Black then color of skin is no issue.
    Barack is not a good choice for Pres. and not because he is black.
    Because he offers no solutions.
    All I hear is Blame, Blame, Blame Bush.
    I have not heard 1 solution to 1 of Bush's "problems" from this Poser.
    I think we can all figure out what the problems are, but what we need is someone who focuses on solutions to problems.
    Obama has no solutions.

    April 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  15. Joe

    This shouldn't even be a question. It is a sad commentary on us, as a people, that it is even an issue.

    April 3, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. RealityKing

    It's not Obama's color that scare me, it's his socialistic tax and spend policies..

    April 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  17. Can He Win GE?

    He has won all the red state, but lost on all the big bule state. Can we expect him to win GE? Use your calculate.

    April 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. adrian

    if our best athletes are black and loved by all
    then we are truly ready for a black president
    that would care about what happens to our country.


    April 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. DidUknow

    About Time

    April 3, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  20. jill american

    Shirley Chisholm said that she was discriminated against much more for being a woman than she ever was for being black.

    April 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  21. Bud Curtis

    This poll result is not surprising. I think America became comfortable with the idea of a black president because of Colan Powell.
    However, Obama has a problem getting my support because of his anti-American issues, not because of his race.
    Even though I am a Democrat, I would also support Condi Rice if she were a candidate for President. I really respect her.
    Bud Curtis
    Miami, OK

    April 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. Jane L.

    We've been "ready" for a black president for a long time. Colin Powell would have probably won if he'd run. The sad thing is that gender bias is still alive and well; that's what we should really be having a dialog about. Perhaps the currently Obama-biased news media will do us that courtesy after they've put Obama in the White House.

    April 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. B.Brown

    2008 is a history making year.

    April 3, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. David Ferdinand, Brooklyn New York

    READY OR NOT!!!!
    HERE WE COME!!!!

    April 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. vince

    barack would have been history a long time ago if he didnt have all the kids making him look like a rock star at these so called caucuses come on give us a break colin powell yes not this clown go-go-go-go-hillary

    April 3, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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