November 4th, 2008
11:32 PM ET
14 years ago

Exit Polls: Changing faces of U.S.A

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(CNN) - White voters continue to support the Republican presidential candidate, as they have for many years. In the exit polls reported thus far tonight, 53 percent of whites say they voted for McCain while 43 percent of whites voted for Obama.

Obama, however, has a dramatic edge among African-Americans (96 percent), Latinos (67 percent ) and Asians (63 percent). Significantly, America's non-white vote is increasing as a proportion of the entire electorate. In the 1992 presidential election, whites made up 87 percent of all voters. This proportion fell to 83 percent in 1996; to 81 percent in 2000 and 77 percent in 2004. So far in today's exit polling, whites make up 75 percent of the electorate. Projected demographic trends indicate that the proportion of non-white voters, particularly Hispanics, will increase further in the future.

Exit polling also shows that McCain winning among Southern whites by a margin of 69 percent to 31 percent. Outside the South, McCain won among white voters 51 percent to 49 percent.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. CTM

    Thank you America!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  2. Marylou South Carolina

    Some things are just meant to be.

    November 4, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  3. jessica

    I was very impressed how graciously John McCain conceded. I think we all need to listen closely to him and be proud Americans no matter who leads us.

    November 4, 2008 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  4. No Hillary = No Obama

    Changing faces? Not in male controlled media conglomerates like CNN, NBC, MSNBC, FOX News. Not in the Oval Office – we still see male faces. Changing faces? Yeah, right. It's all about gender – and male privlege, no matter the color.

    November 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  5. Jaye

    Our country is now truly blessed.
    Be happy and be gracious – be thankful!

    November 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  6. Ed

    Good bye and good riddance Palin, you'r hate has no place in the lower forty eight

    November 4, 2008 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. Bob Indianapolis, IN

    Today marked the death of fascism in America! Hopefully, tribunals will follow taking those responsible for war crimes to task...

    November 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  8. Jay from New Jersey

    Stop turning whites into a racist group. 43% voted for Obama.

    November 4, 2008 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  9. Club America

    Well I will never call that Socialist my president. As far as I'm concerned people voted for skin color as the polls showed. So who's the racists now?

    November 4, 2008 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  10. Stephen R

    What is going to be the policy on immigration? Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Joe? Where are the toasters you promised?

    November 4, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    get ready america is going down the drain

    November 4, 2008 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  12. Cathy

    Yes we did! May God Bless President-Elect Obama and Vic-President -Elect Biden. Thanks America! Obama will represent us all well.

    November 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  13. Skkpriya - Newark, DE

    No matter what the race/nationality voted for whom, one thing for sure is that this election has made history. 1. a women running for president. 2. the oldest man running for president. 3. the first African- American running running for president. 4. the first woman elected as a VP running mate.

    I am proud to be a citizen in a country where this can only be possible. Truely amazing to be experience history being made. My congrats to the winner and CNN for the best non-biased election coverage. 🙂

    PS. Delaware is now on the map, thanks to Joe Biden,but lost him as a very good Senator for the state. 🙁

    November 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  14. Derek

    To be fair, you should also point out that the percentage of white voters who voted for Obama was actually higher than those voting for Kerry in 2004

    November 4, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  15. weneedstrongleadership

    Sorry McCain, your service to your country will not be forgotten, you are a good man and served your country well. Sir, you should have gone out with an honest campaign, you would have done a lot better. America will not forget you, thank you. I would have voted for you if it were not your promise of running a clean campaign then turnning it around, like you promised. Maybe it was wrong for Obama to change his mind over choosing donations, but you were equally wrong if not more by choosing your hateful miserable campaign. Atleast Obama had the self dignity not to take Arizona, the reason why he needed so much money was because Obama knew how hard this change for america would be. Are world standing will be improved greatly after the busch legacy. Good-night Mr McCain we still love you.

    November 4, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  16. Chris Jordan

    Congratulations to the senseless voting majority. We are well on our way to becoming a third world country.

    November 4, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  17. weneedstrongleadership

    Whether people want to realize it or not america has taken one giant leap forward out of our infancy.

    November 4, 2008 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  18. jordan

    This image is clearly photoshopped, why I don't know, but it's pretty obvious, it's not even proportional

    November 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  19. Mike

    Anybody who can't see the media decided this race long ago is blind and deaf.

    The same corporations that gave Obama more money than any other candidate in history own the major media outlets. You expect them to be unbiased?

    November 4, 2008 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  20. Kenya Anderson

    On this day we have made it to "The Promise Land"! MLK you can RIP now, we did it!

    November 4, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  21. Mary

    While statistically, it is important to break down how each ethnicity voted; ultimately, it comes down to Americans chose a man who can lead our country out of the mess its in. Whether black, white, red, green, yellow, pink, blue, or brown; we are Americans for change. I think its high time we put aside race as a factor because President Elect Barack Obama is BOTH African American and White! He is THE choice of THE people of our great land. God bless his presidency and may he do great things for us all. God bless the Obama family.
    I am a 45- yr-old white woman, for your information.

    November 4, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  22. Chuka Onya


    November 4, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  23. SIC

    All the media talks allot about white people being too racist to vote for a black candidate. It seems that the opposite is true. The results show that white people, in general are objective. On the other hand, this vote has shown the extream level of racism of the black population.

    November 4, 2008 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  24. Sherry

    This is the first time I've been really ashamed of my country.
    America has now elected a man who find major flaws in the Constitution, because it doesn't mandate socialism/communism, who votes to forbid medical care to babies who survive abortion, whose role models have all been terrorists, Jew haters, communists, and other America haters.
    This is indeed a dark day!

    November 4, 2008 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  25. DavidE St. Paul MN

    Can you say change America! What an exciting time to be an American.

    November 5, 2008 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
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