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. Carol Myers

    I am not looking at the color of Obama's skin but I can't vote for him because he is NOT CAPABLE and he is the most liberal of all the Senators. Every time the Democrats nominated a liberal I voted for them and they lost. This time I will not vote for the Obama because I know he will lose. As a Democrat I WILL NOT VOTE REPUBLICAN but I will not vote for Obama because this country is in the biggest mess probably in its history and I don't think Obama will be able to get us out of this mess.I believe Hillary could but not Obama.
    Carol Oh.

    April 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  2. GREG

    Its now impossible to stop this movement. Whether the republicans like it or not, we the youth of this country will not allow them to continue to wreck our future. A word to Hillary: its over baby!!!

    OBAMA 08

    April 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. Larry Buchas

    Well 76% is an eye opener. It's way overdue and would make the USA the leader of the free world.

    Oprah is right, he's brilliant!

    April 3, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Kat, Huntington, West Virginia

    I agree-we should be looking at the best person for the job and that is obviously Hillary! I don't care what color he is-he is NOT ready to be president. And, this lifelong democrat will not vote for him if he is the nominee. He is every bit as as polarizing as Hillary and the rep. will devour him because of his inexperience and lack of substance. So, if you want the democrats in the white house in 2009 you better rethink your choice if you are for obama.
    Hillary 08!

    April 3, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. erik

    It is not about color, race, gender, or age.

    It is about who is right for the job.

    April 3, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. deb in az

    i dont have a problem with voting for a black president , but where is this mans plan? i am not voting for someone that cannot state his plans and how much it will cost. maybe some of you dont care, but i want to know what this man really wants to do should he get the white house.......i dont want a leader that has no idea where they are going.though

    April 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  7. Karin

    I LOVE how Nancy puts it.........YES WE ARE!...AND YES WE CAN........AND TO ADD....YES WE WILL.....LOL........

    April 3, 2008 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. andrea, Illinois

    This is great! I think people just realized that Obama could be good for our country and that he has a lot to offer. I do not think that we are not ready for a woman, it's just the wrong one. Lies and bad character do not help! I would love to vote for a woman, but Hillary isn't going to be it.

    April 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Roggo

    We are ready for the right woman prez. That wo-man is not Chillary!
    She can't unite people but she certainly can IG-nite their hatred of her!

    April 3, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. bizu

    lets not forget his is half white!
    Who cares what color he is anyways!
    He is just the best!
    Go Obama!

    April 3, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  11. fairandstraight

    Obama 08!!!

    He can win and he will win!!!!

    The same people that are putting all these things out on Sen. Obama would do the same to Mr. Colin Powell if he was on a canidate. There are a few people that are not ready for a black president. However ever, there are millions that are. This includes all races.

    Democrats, stop following Fox News and think about how this election will impact your life.

    April 3, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  12. Donald, SC

    NO!! America is NOT ready for a black President. But, AMERICA is ready for Barrack Obama for President!

    April 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. DEN

    Can't believe someone said that the country is not ready for a woman president! Wake up! We're in the 21st century now!

    To all the women of this Country, we need to proud that someone like HILLARY is qualified to take the highest position of country! It will come once in our lifetime so we all need to grab the chance and make it a reality!

    April 3, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Stacy Clarks,

    BAKARI: well said

    when will the media get over race, while I am an Obama supporter, I wish the media will stop analyzing, and breaking everything down based on race

    BARACK OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 3, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Steven

    I don't believe for one second that gender is what makes Hillary unfavorable in the polls or in the eyes of voters. It's that she has no charisma whatsoever and tends to turn people off when she campaigns. For those that argue race makes Obama a candidate, look at the numbers in the popular vote: 700,000 ahead of HRC and even if you want to change the rules, half that with Florida and Michigan. Hello! Wake up. People do not like her due to her own personality.

    April 3, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. mp

    We're more than ready for this black President!

    April 3, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Puck

    I'm getting sick and tired of all these "Obama is unelectable" comments. Seriously.

    Why? I never hear any defense of this claim, but that doesn't stop Hillary supporters from saying it over and over again. Repitition does NOT make it a fact. Its like you keep saying it just so you have something to say, and if THAT'S all you have to say, save it – because there's 100 other Hillary backers playing the same broken record.

    For every "reason" Hillary supporters have that Obama can't win the general election, Obama supporters have an equal response. And then some. Ten fold, even.

    So, do us all a favor, and if you're going to say Obama is unelectable, have some basis for your claims. Or else, shut up.

    April 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Eli

    THATS OUR PROBLEM WE SHOULD HAVE NEVER LOOKED AT THE COLOR OF HIS SKIN. We should be more worried about if he is ready to run this country and what his baggage is. If you look at that he is NOT READY.

    April 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  19. asianamericanwoman

    YES WE CAN for Obama

    April 3, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  20. Christian H

    The states Obama has won primarys in Jesus himself could not win as a Democrat in,its hard to think the party leadership is so dumb I am 59 years old and have never voted for a republican for president, but I may this year.

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  21. Ardnuas

    I'm ready.......Yes we can !!!! Si Se Puede

    April 3, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  22. Daniel from Michigan

    I would like to extend the old adage of "Never judge a book by its cover" to never judge anything. Once you begin to judge something or someone, you fall into a trap and never get out. This is a prime example, people have doubted Obama, and he has dealt with everything that has been thrown at him superbly. Barack Obama is an honorable American and he will make a fine President, if not one of the greatest in US history.

    April 3, 2008 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  23. Jessica, Rolling Meadows, IL

    Wow.. CNN.. I don't think you can refer to Obama as a black man or just an African American man.

    The best question would be is America ready for Obama.

    My answer is no.

    April 3, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  24. Sean, Detroit MI

    I agree that we are ready for a black president. I also think that we are indeed ready for a woman president as well. Just not Hillary Clinton. Hillary comes across as the same old dirty politician with ulterior motives that we've had for decades now. Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm would make a great president someday, certainly a better one than Hillary.

    April 3, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  25. Melissa Atlanta, GA

    I think America is ready for a black president because America is ready for Barack Obama. Obama is the only person who can help this nation not only heal its political divisiveness but who, more importantly, can help us conquer the delicate race issue in our country. Obama has the confidence of the black community and the support from the caucasian community; only he who is part of Both communities can bring us together and heal the strife from tense race relations over the past 50 years.

    April 3, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
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