November 14th, 2008
05:56 PM ET

Fewer Americans see country divided: Why?



FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

One of the longest, nastiest, most divisive presidential races this country's ever seen is now in the books. A little more than half of us are pretty pleased with the results. The rest of us? Not exactly.

But that doesn't mean we're without hope.

According to a new Gallup Poll, fewer Americans see the country as divided now as it has been after other recent presidential elections. We're still a long way from all being on the same page, but it's better. After the 2008 election, 57% say the country is more divided on major issues than in recent years. But that's down considerably from polls taken after the previous two presidential elections. In 2000, 64% said we were more divided, and in 2004, 72% said so.

A lot of Americans think Barack Obama is just what the doctor ordered. 54% of those surveyed said the Obama administration will be able to heal the divisions in the country. 44% say it will not.

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean that fewer Americans see the country as divided?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Louis from Los Angeles, California writes:
Jack, it means that we have a new opportunity to move beyond the divisive politics of this last election. We still have a long way to go but the potential is here. We should not have to wait for another 9/11 to unite the country. The time is now.

Sandi from Chicago, Illinois writes:
I believe it is because for the most part, Americans now have hope. Despite all the bad news on the economy, I believe in the new President-elect. Not that I expect a turnaround within the first 100 days, but I do believe within his first term, we will be on the road to saying, “Yes, we are better off than we were in 2008!”

Paul from Columbia, South Carolina writes:
Give it time. Election euphoria is always replaced by disappointment.

Hugh from Vero Beach, Florida writes:
I don't know what fewer Americans you're talking about, Jack. Down here in the South, we're more divided than ever especially in respect to Obama's economic and defense visions for our country.

Joanne from Westwood, New Jersey writes:
I think the country is less divided after the election because conservatives are much more gracious than liberals. If Obama had lost, the split would be wide and deep.

Chuck from Arkansas writes:
In the past, the Republicans have been able to falsely convince Americans that our country is divided racially and ideologically. Now we are realizing that we are divided economically, and that there are far more poor or those who are just getting by, no matter what their color is, than those who are rich.

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soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Brett in Oriskany,Va

    It means.hopefully, the hate is over. We elected an African American president, and thats wonderful. A new generation is getting active an the minority of people who things defined by difference is shrinking. Its a chance for a new start in America.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:24 pm |
  2. chuck in cda

    Because the country has no money.As soon as the economy picks up it will be the same old problem. However,I must point out that the selection of Barack Obama as PRESIDENT will help a great deal as compared with the current TWO WAR CRIMINALS who has just two more months before they make their journey to the Hague.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  3. George

    The feeling that I have about the country not being as divided has just come about in the last couple of weeks. There seems to be more people now involved in the process than ever before, and that is a very good sign. With the people watching over the shoulders of our government wrong doings which was brought about by the last 8 years of George Bush keeping us in the dark. We feel better, and have a lot more hope, and we now have a better outlook on life, and good things happening for our fellow Americans. Hope for a better future for our country gives us all a lot more comfort than wondering what is Bush going to do next. Having hope is a blessing. GOD BLESS AMERICA, and GOD BLESS ALL OF OUR PEOPLE.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:26 pm |
  4. Ken in Seattle

    It means that President-Elect Obama has made great strides in bringing about the unity of national purpose his 2004 speech at the Democratic convention promoted. It also means that more and more people are rejecting the politics of division espoused by Karl Rove and the far right wing of the Republican Party.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  5. Anj in CA

    Perhaps it's because those who try to divide us have just ended a long and nasty campaign in which that was the chief strategery.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  6. Ed

    It means we're all being more equally screwed by the government.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  7. Jenel from detroit

    It we've come along way and overcame a lotand now we all have one common task and that is to get our economy back on track

    November 14, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  8. Ron, Centennial, Colorado

    Most of us do not like being divided as we have seen the negative results it brings. We have hope and determination to work together to regain our dignity and esteem as a great nation.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  9. Mari Fernandez, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Hi, Jack, thank God that fewer Americans see the country as divided! I believe its because of the words of our brilliant President-elect Obama. Ever since I first heard his speech at the 2004 Democratic convention, when he first said, " there are no blue states, nor red states, there is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!" Right then, I knew that Obama would be a true uniter, that he would call out the best in us! That he would inspire America to once again see ourselves as the UNITED States!

    I knew that he would strive to instill in each of us, that we are in this together, for better or worse. This is one of the many reasons I voted for President-elect Obama. I am so tired, for the vile and divisive politics of the Republicans, they just don't get it!

    November 14, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  10. Clare, FL

    Only because they don't live in the divided part of the world. They live in the mainstream where they are not affected by the great divide. Live a day in my shoes. I am Black, I am female, I make fewer than 30 thousand a year, and I live in the Hood where crime is soaring. Have black skin and go to the mall and have someone following you until you leave the store. We are divided by race, where you live, how much you make, what you drive, and who you know. There will always be a division amongst people. When you go to Church, you are divided by what stature you have in the Church.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  11. John

    Jack: The following reasons are why the country is less devided: President-elect Obama margin of victory was 7 to 8%; Pres.-elect Obama did not use wedge issues like McCain; many who voted for McCain were secretly relieved Obama won; and Obama-Biden were more upbeat and the message was precise. Americans believe an Obama Administration will cover more people, and give them hope the economy will improve.


    November 14, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  12. carson

    It means palin has no power to divide anymore..

    November 14, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  13. Jason, Koloa, HI

    We no longer have time to waste focusing on what makes us different. The problems that were ignored by our supposed leaders for the past decade are now so enormous that it is going to take a unified global effort to ensure a positive future for humans on planet earth. The world reacted with celebration to barack Obama's victory because he speaks to that unity and his background gives his words credibility.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  14. Joe in VA

    If true, this is very good news. It's past time we collectively pull together to help solve the multitude of our nation's problems.Not only conservatives care about this country and not only liberals care about social and environmental issues. Hopefully the great "middle" will work its will without undue restraint for the fringes on the right and left. Neither side has all the right answers.

    Chatham, VA

    November 14, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  15. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    We elected the uniter this time – left the dividers in the dust (hopefully they will stay waaaayyy back there).

    November 14, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  16. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack- Disaster has always brought Americans together & to put aside our differences. It appears that we're heading for a 'perfect storm' of problems in banking, housing, employment, automotive, retail, etc. We haven't the time or the money to be divided.
    David, Las Vegas

    November 14, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  17. Pat in MIchigan

    This is a Country of fighters and while this election has dragged out way too long it has given a greater insight to those candidates involved. Americans were united after 911 and Junior Bush sent them shopping while he handled things. We all know that this change isn't going to happen over night.....some of the proposed change may never happen. But I think Obama has the country ready to try and ready to help. He isn't going to tell us to go shopping, he's going to ask us to help. Barack Obama is a uniter and those that didn't vote for him are still curious and sitting on the fence just waiting for the invitation to join in. I'm 58 years old and I've never seen this country in such sad shape.....but this is the most exciting time of my life, and I can't wait to watch the next four years unfold.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  18. Dave Simmons

    The Presidential election is proof of less division, and people will continue to see the country less divided over time. Barack Obama wasn't elected because of race, but rather in spite of it. I think the outreach from the new administration across party, racial, gender and age lines will have a dramatic effect in politics, in the country and internationally. Maybe the 'old days' are slowly coming to an end.
    Dave Simmons
    Lee, MA

    November 14, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  19. Susan Canada

    The recent election and president elect have raised the bar...everyone has a stake in bringing the country together- there is hope now.. As another poster suggested "Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk, Martin Luther King walked so that Barack Obama could run, Barack Obama ran so that EVERYONE could fly" ....We have always been equal yet some have always been more equal than others. The times are changing.....

    November 14, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  20. Dusty, Myrtle Beach

    Jack, it means that the Bush administration was an equal opportunity
    disaster. EVERYONE got screwed.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  21. Jim El Paso Tx.

    It means Jack that in spite of our petty differences our world has way more pressing problems to deal with that we need to focus on.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  22. Glenn in California

    Jack, it means that Barack Obama's election as President is re-drawing the lines as we speak. Not only is it good for our country, it's also great for our standing in the world community. The feedback, both domestically and internationally, is incredibly positive. It doesn't solve all of our problems, but it's a huge step in the right direction.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  23. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    It is simple–the election of Barack Obama has brought hope and promise to America once again. As for me, I can't stop singing Happy Days Are Here Again. I believe Obama will be another FDR!

    November 14, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  24. Betty in Texas

    It means the Republican party which worked so hard to divide our country into the smug, self-righteous "religious right" and everybody else over the last eight years will no longer be in power come January 20. Hallelujah!

    November 14, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  25. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    The reason fewer Americans see the country as divided is because there's more Democrats than Republicans now, and Democrats are coming into power. It hasn't even been two weeks since the election, that's not enough time for the divide to heal. Nothing's changed.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  26. douglas gengler

    it means we are ALL in the same boat, from poor to the rich. this recession doent discriminate against anyone and is effecting all americans regardless of economic stature. we are all feeling the pinch in the economy and we know we have to all work together to get back the prosperity that has been stripped from us in the last 8 years.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  27. Chuck Ragland

    It's simple Jack. We're getting rid of the "Great Devider " oops I mean Decider and getting a President that actually cares about what the American people think.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  28. Marie Ontario

    It likely means Obama's message of hope and platform of change has inspired people to feel like the country is moving in a different direction.

    Then you add to this the fact an African American gets elected by an overwhelming majority make it appear as though people have come together to reject bigotry and race in favour of the future of themselves and their country.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  29. Bill from Medford, NJ

    Every once in a while, despite the attempts of the parties to polarize opinion and divide us from each other, a crisis throws a bucket of cold water into our faces and reminds us that we are united by so many important common interests, and divided by such petty ones.

    The pity is that it takes a crisis to do this, but it's good that at least something can.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  30. Richard, Enoch, Utah

    I feel that everyone is seeing hope! There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I believe it is the President Elect Obama. He has inspired alot of people, myself and family included.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  31. Jackie in Dallas

    Because President Elect Obama has fulfilled one of his promises already...to unite the country and to include rather than exclude. Also, with the myriad of problems facing us, the less dense have realized that we MUST work together in order to solve any one of them, much less all of them. It is one of the wonders of this country...we will fight with each other until the cows come home, but an external enemy or a major problem that faces us all will unite us. The issue that P.E. Obama faces is to extend and strengthen that unity.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  32. Larry in Florida

    Probably a sense of false hope Jack. I'm hoping we can all get together on the same page because the state of the country is depending on our elected officials to put us back on the right track. I've been around long enough to have seen many set backs on the economy but never this bad. America is a proud nation and full of hard workers, so with some wise and helpful leadership we can get this crisis behind us. That is good enough reason to look for some kind of unity between the parties. They seem to be trying.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  33. Venia PA

    I guess because so many of us united to elect Barack.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  34. Roland

    Just a theory...but I think the economic crisis may be the glue that binds us right now. No matter what side of the political spectrum we lean toward, or how any of us feel about the war in Iraq, whether you are a laid off factory worker in Indiana struggling with foreclosure or a Goldman-Sachs executive grappling with the horrifying news of a reduced multi-million dollar annual bonus, we are all feeling that pinch right now.

    St. George, UT

    November 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  35. Dave in MO

    The country can't be divided when were sharing the wealth!

    November 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  36. Deb in Iowa

    After eight years of a "with us or against us" mentality, even the dividers are weary. With a smart, intelligent and intellectually curious president soon to take the helm, working in common purpose may soon become the fashion.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  37. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    It means that our new President really is a uniter, and not a divider.

    Four years ago, Obama said that there were no red states and no blue states, only the United States. He proved that by turning red states blue. His next step is to turn all states purple!

    Now, it looks like he's going to reach out to Republicans to join his cabinet. If he does that, then he has a much better chance of getting things passed through Congress.

    November 14, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  38. Mary from Houston, tx

    The end of 8 years of president photo-op, and vp cheney, and the worst administration in our country's history.
    Hoping to turn the page on the rovian tactics, and we will all be better for that.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  39. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Hope simply defined is "seeing new possibility". Thus all Americans and the World have hope.

    What is at stake is "sustainability". This is where we must each change to who we are meant to be. Human beings who have an inner energy, a soul, and the soul is pure love. To sustain hope we must draw our personalities more in line with our souls. In this we are all one.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  40. Richard McKinney, Texas

    Jack I think we are all after one common goal. A change from the past 8 years. Most of us agree on at least that much. Right ,wrong or indifferent it unites us all. It does not mater who is named the president. That will never change what we are as a country. What matters is that we are Americans. In that we will always find unity.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  41. Gina in Racine, Wi

    Because the "Divider" has 68 days left in the Presidency and we all have renewed hope and faith because of the "Uniter" that becomes President on January 20th.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  42. Shirley -AK OHIO

    What it means Jack is that Obama was the best choice for president, because he sees no red or blue America, no black, white, latino or asian America, he sees no rich or poor America, he sees the United States of American, that should say it all.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  43. Steve

    I was a young boy when John Kennedy was elected and it seemed like anything was possible when it came to making America and the world a better place.
    It's seems that way too, after the election of Obama. But, watch out. We're sitting on a powder keg of hate that could explode with the flick of a match.
    Tick, tick, tick...

    November 14, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  44. chuck

    America is broke right now but as soon as the ECONOMY picks up it will be the same old problem again.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  45. Ed Reed

    It means there are fewer Republicans and it will be harder for Karl Rove to find work.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  46. Chuck, Arkansas

    In the past, the Republicans have been able to falsely convince Americans that our country is divided racially and ideologically.
    Now we are realizing that we are divided economically and that there are far more poor or those who are just getting by, no matter what their color is, than those who are rich.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  47. Tony in Michigan

    With about 25% approval rating of Bush I guess he has untied the other 75% of us.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  48. Paula

    People are so frightened by the economy that I think they want to stand behind our new leader to ensure a positive outcome... I hope Obama is another FDR... imagine what could be accomplished. Hope is contageous... and we need a good dose of it to cure the ills that face this great nation. Besides, now that the mudslinging is over... people have gone back to just trying to survive. Even though Palin is still out there, she's not trying to incite people to hate Obama anymore... she's too trying to climb over all the mud she was slinging so she can to get to Washington either now or in 2012.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  49. Vivian Fauntleroy, Largo MD

    Because it is not about the genre preference any one or any group of us prefers to hum the tune in, it is about the lyrics defining the who that we are. And, in these times when we are struggling to hold on to our proverbial pots, nevermind our windows to throw them out of, we Americans are singing to the top of our lungs the same tune: GOD BLESS AMERICA, LAND THAT WE LOVE, STAND BESIDE HER, AND GUIDE HER ... And for God sakes, help us to weather this economic storm.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  50. Ann from S.C.

    Fewer Americans see America as divided since the election because we elected someone who believes in uniting us. Why shouldn't we be optimistic? Ultimately, it is up the the citizens of this country to bring us together. If we continue the hate filled responses to those who have a point of view that differs from ours, we will forever be divided. I am hoping that our new president will use his power to persuade and inspire to help us understand one another, accept our differences, and work together to solve the many problems facing us.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  51. Bill, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    George Bush and his cronies are leaving town. We had eight years of people Lying to us from the executive office and making big mistakes in the process. Now we have a leader who is trying to bring us together by representing all of us. People are not being labeled unpatriotic and you truly believe you will have a intelligent president representing everyone. It's like opening up a window and spring has arrived.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  52. Larry Coury ( Houston, Texas )

    Jack –

    # 1. We elected the first African American as President of the U.S.
    # 2. He is proving that he going to Govern from the center, or at most,
    just a hair left of center, & the American people is o.k. w/ that.
    # 3. By doing that, he is proving to the American people that he is
    bi-partisan, by surrounding his cabinet with people that actually was
    his rivals / critics & etc.

    Larry Coury
    Houston Texas

    November 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  53. Chad N.

    I dont really think the country is less divided. I personally believe that more of the country is coming to the realization that neither one side or the other really has any clue as to how to fix our current situation and so everyone has decided its just better to sit and wait and see how it all pans out. Maybe concentrate on surviving this mess for awhile and try to leave thier fellow man alone since if things get too much worse it could be you end up on the losing end and those that "win" come looking for you to extract a bit of retribution. The country isnt less divided, its just more scared of one another than it has been in the past.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  54. Frank from Peterborough

    Well Jack not only are more Americans seeing their Country less divided but the world is believing it will be less divided.

    Americans have done a great service to the world by wisely choosing who they want to lead them through these troubled times because the entire global community will reap the benefits.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  55. mitchell ,arkansaw

    it means we are 'uniting' behind a president, i think we will all be proud of,in the end. our problems are immense, but, president barack has already proven he can do the 'impossible'. he overcame the 'machines' of both political parties, and capitalized on their 'divisions'. america has needed this for so long, now. president barack's timing is impeccable. this is his destiny.......,and i wish him well.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  56. Meg Ulmes

    It means that Barak Obama's election is already having positive results. I feel more positive knowing that he will take over on January 20th and he seems to have a plan to get things back on the right track.

    Troy, Ohio

    November 14, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  57. Mal

    Hi Jack, This shows that more Americans see that a change is coming 01/20/2009. They are willing to work with Pres. Elect Obama to bring this country back to where it was 10 or 12 years ago.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm |

    sometimes it only takes a reminder that we are all Americans and that we all care about our country and families despite our differences.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  59. Joe in MO

    If you're in a sinking ship, everyone needs to bail. With proper leadership, we can work together toward better times.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  60. Nate, Orlando FL

    The answer is simple: W. and his administration have run this beautiful country into the ground, and is completely disconnected from the American people. This fact combined with the hope for change that President Elect Obama seeks is what is bringing people together. The majority of people (the middle class) in this country feel forgotten and neglected, and are ecstatic to see that the person running this country is in our corner.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  61. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    Even though some Americans do not see him in the way I think most Americans do Obama will be able to unite us all again. People expect so much from Obama that even if he is able to do 1/3 of what people expect him to do he will unite us and may even have a 2nd term. He will not be able to solve all our problems but he will take a good slice of them and make them better than they have been for years.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  62. Louise, Massachusetts

    It means we have hope and still dare to believe in the American dream.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  63. Hope the homemaker

    It's not just a black and white issue any more. I believe alot of people don't care about race any more. We Americans as a whole have to stick together and get this country on the right track. No matter what you believe in. Thats what is so great about this country, its made up of alot of different people, believes, race and so on.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  64. Gary NC

    We have found the enemy and he is us.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  65. Janis, Lafayette, IN

    We SEEM less divided. The victory of Barack Obama over the very divisive McCain/Palin ticket has unified Americans in a purpose so it seems we are less divided. But, recent events such as the continuation a golen parachutes and corporate bonuses expose how divided we really are. It's not race, gender, religion, political affiliation or even geography that divides us. It is MONEY! The rich, even though they are only 5% of the population, do control us. And until the rich and powerful are brought down, they will continue to control us. So, it is up to the other 95% of us to take the other 5% down. We need to take control of OUR economic destinty. Let your Representatives and Senators know that you will not put up with this any longer! Use the power of the word to win this war!

    November 14, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  66. Bill R. in Ottawa, IL

    The rich are getting richer, and the labor force, being as a large percentage of our population, are forced to work for less. We are the spenders here! We are the ones who live day to day. We are the ones who drive this economy! Why is big business trying to lower wages for skilled and unskilled laborers when we are the ones who buy the most products?

    November 14, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  67. KarenB, Florida

    By rights, it should never have been "divided" to begin with, but it was. Nothing changes over night.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  68. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    It means we have finally grown up!!!

    November 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  69. J in ALT

    For once, we will have a President and Administration that is diversed and that cares about bridging the gaps that has divided us for so long ... HOPE is in the air and on the faces of most Americans and it feels good!

    November 14, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  70. Pat in NM

    Maybe, because for the moment, we all realize that a falling tide lowers all ships. And to really draw the analogy out, the big ships run aground first.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  71. DCM, Connecticut

    It's more than the usual shared pain and anguish from the state of the economy. Band-aid fix the economy without addressing the inequities and we'll be back to seeing ourselves as divided.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  72. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    Easy question of late Jack. The election of Barack Obama.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  73. Scott - Kansas

    I still feel left out. As one of tthose people that didn't support either candidate, I was yelled at by both sides, and now, all of Obama's supporters are all happy-go-lucky. I will never forgive their bigotry. At least McCain's supporters welcomed me in.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  74. don in naples, florida

    we always seem to unite in tough times. The problem is we don't stay united. Politicians like G.W. Bush exploits division for his own political advantage. Hopefully we all got a little smarter after the last divisive 8 years and will look to eliminate any leader in the future who chooses to manipulate division like well, G.W. Bush.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  75. Bryan Colorado Springs


    We all are sharing the same pain of the economy, we all finally have something in common. Unfortunately its a negative we all share
    and not a posative. Mabe we can all use this pain as a posative and
    write our congressmen to let them know we need jobs not corporate

    November 14, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  76. viewer from Ohio

    It means that those with the ideals of respecting all Americans is finally being heard. Our country is comprised of diverse individuals, not one nationality or one race. We can now look to our future with hope instead of the fear some politicians try using to stay in power. Hopefully, this election has demonstrated that all Americans do not believe that color should be the defining deceision maker at the ballot box. A person's character is the guiding light.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  77. Bob (Canada)

    It's simple, Jack. Americans once divided by so many groups have been reduced to being divided by two groups. The remaining greedy gouging super rich and their victims. Angry people with empty pockets and broken dreams bond together regardless of race, creed, color or lifestyle choices. Poor and hopeless is the new United "State" of America.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  78. Bruce St Paul MN

    A long time ago, my generation was united in its opposition to Vietnam, authority of any kind, and Dick Nixon, who was trying to ignore us. Once again, we are united in our opposition to Iraq, the barons of Wall Street, and George W. Bush, who has ignored us. I guess you could say George Bush is a uniter, not a divider.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  79. alice

    When a recent poll says that 45% of conservatives think that Obama will be a good president, it means that we as a nation believe that an intelligent and thoughtful leader who has proven through an extremely rigorous campaign that he is just that, can lead us as the United States, not the red or the blue states, not the conservative or the liberal states, but the United States.

    alice appel
    arroyo grande, ca

    November 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  80. Pugas-AZ

    As the pockets empty the abyss will widen.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  81. Bob, Vietnam Vet

    There's an old saying Jack:

    United We Stand
    Divided we Fall
    We stand together
    or not at all.

    If we die without learning this lesson, then why did we live?

    November 14, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  82. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    When we all look at the $700 billion dollar bailout and whose being bailed out we better understand the meaning of the word divided and we don't like it.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  83. Bryan Colorado Springs


    I think all americans are now sharing economic issues with the
    bad economy. We seem to be argreeing that we need to fix it.
    Hopfully we can all agree that corporate bailouts are not the
    solution. Jobs are the solution. Until we fix this mess we will
    all be undevided. Its to bad the economic melt down had to bring
    the goverment together to solve an issue finally. Maybe when things
    are better economically we can all learn that when we all come together we really can solve big issues.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  84. Kevin, Punxsutawney, PA

    To me, it means that the GOP's practice of dividing-to-conquer must be waning. Still, I perceive a lot of divisive attitudes, either locally or reported in the media.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  85. Linda in Florida

    It means we elected a President who wants to unite us instead of divide us and I think many people are taking their cue from him. I also believe that many more people we interested in voting, the outcome of this election, etc., which also served to unite us. Wanting our country to be a better place has given us all hope!

    November 14, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  86. Missy M

    It means that regardless of party affiliation, Americans see themselves as Americans first and foremost. It's not so much a reflection of who is elected to office, but of the American people who always seem to be able to come together when it matters.

    Missy M.
    Phoenix, Arizona

    November 14, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  87. Diane Glasser

    Our nation's population has become so diverse that it is impossible not to have at least one neighbor that is of different ethnic background. We also have more "blended families" and our schools have been segregated for at least one generation so those with old racial ideas are in the minority now. The younger generation is much more liberal than their parents.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  88. Annie, Atlanta

    They're not paying attention.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  89. Willow, Iowa

    I still see it as very divided. The conservatives have moved to the far right, and the division between Republican and Democrat is a mile wide. And nobody is willing to compromise anymore. Palin and all of her insult yelling fans, along with the conservative Evangelicals have damaged any bipartisanship we may have had. There is a huge group of moderates of both parties in the middle. But frankly the Conservative radical Evangelicals scare me.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  90. Alex in Seattle

    The problems we currently face are getting too big to continue to be ignored by politics as usual. It is time to unite the country and actually try to solve some of the problems that have been kicked down the road. We need to face them now since they don't improve with age.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  91. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    The only never in life is to never give up hope and that is what many people see in Obama. Of course anyone could be a hero following W. so the jury is still out in my thoughts and it will be out for more than 100 days after he takes office. It took Bush more than that to mess things up and it may take 200 days to start fixing it.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  92. Bill in Michigan

    The nation is looking at the Obama promise of inclusivity that will get us past the divisiveness of the red and blue politics that have locked this country up for the past severeal years. I just hope that Obama and this new generation of leaders can deliver.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  93. Kathy Glendale Heights, IL

    It means that people really want to be able to believe in change–crave it– be a part of it.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  94. Sarah Louise

    It's because the election was decided and, thankfully, there's noone parading around the country spouting divisive and hateful rhetoric anymore. Nothing else major has changed in the last few weeks so it goes to show that when 'people' stop driving a wedge between different groups we can all generally work together.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  95. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Easiest question ever.

    The Great Divider is leaving us very soon for his rainch in Texas, hopefully to nevermore be seen or heard. Good riddance.

    Welcome, hope and unity.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  96. Fran, Michigan

    Since 9/11 we have joined together and put our differences aside for the good of all America. Those that tried to divide and conquer with their smear and fear tactics found themselves standing alone and out of power. Finally "United We Stand!!!!!!"

    November 14, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  97. chris

    dear Jack; as in race yes I do not feel divided. but class I feel that we are divided, ever one is out for themselves now days

    November 14, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  98. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Jack, it means people are tired of bashing Bush, and Obama hasn't done anything yet so there's nothing to bash. This is just a lull; we'll be back to business as usual on Jan. 21st.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  99. Don in Fort Gratiot MI

    Jack, I don't know, maybe it's the fact we got through this marathon of an election with a clear winner. I know I'm exhausted and need a 3 week breather.
    Fort Gratiot MI

    November 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  100. Tim in Texas

    Great leaders, I think, inspire us because they eloquently express the desire that we share to become better than we are. If there were no divisions in our society, it wouldn't be necessary for anyone to point out that, "There are no red states or blue states, there is the United States." The willingness and in fact longing, however, to hear these words stated so clearly and with such conviction, is evidence that we want this vision to be the reality, and somehow has become a step toward that reality.
    Tim in Texas

    November 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  101. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    It means the selfless out number the selfish.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  102. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    We are looking ahead with hope, instead of looking under our beds in fear. The USA works better when we have a vision of prosperity and the idea that "yes we can" will work.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  103. I. B., Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    It means that America has taken another baby step toward forming a more perfect union.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  104. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    Divided along what lines? Between whites and blacks, there is still racial tension. Between straights and gays, there is still disagreement. It is only in our larger, more diverse cities where the division is fading. The majority of America still has some work to do.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  105. Simpliticus

    Because, as FDR had said,"The only thing we have to fear is George W. Bush and he is gone!"! Bush used fear for everything and people tired of this mantra."Fear the terrorists, fear anybody like democrats rather than the republicans because we can keep you safe, fear another attack possibility"!Obama is the true uniter and not a divider! People will crawl to this man after what W. has put them through. George W. Bush is slated to go down in history as worse than Hoover. I suggest that he change his name at once to George W. Hoover!

    November 14, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  106. Douglas in Minnesota

    Jack - I think the recent election and the demise of our economy woke-up a lot of people; and these folks have decide that nothing will get accomplished unless we all get involved to solve the myriad of problems we face. We will continue to have disagreements, but that's OK - most people realize that we CAN disagree, and still work together. Most rational people now realize its time to quit letting small, special interest groups, radicals, or ultra-conservatives dictate how and what things get done in this country. Kinda sounds like the old power-to-the-people principle. Our Founding Fathers would be proud.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  107. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    The election is over and the nastiness has stopped, for now.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  108. Nitarshan from Canada

    It means that America is moving to a better future, with less racism and hate. Hopefully, one day no American will care about who their neighbour supports, but will just see them for who they are.

    Nitarshan, Toronto, Canada

    November 14, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  109. Caroline, Hamer SC

    We are all facing major problems no matter what race we are. Thanks to Bush and friends hope Congress will not give the rest of the bail out money to Bush and friends and wait tell Obama is in office.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  110. LJ

    The media worked for us this time by reporting the views of those across the country. As such, it appears the the north, south, east and west all have the same issues therefore (surprise) we are not as divided as may have thought earlier this year. We all want better water, better infrastructure, more efficient transportation systems, safe food, safe medicine, homes that we can afford to heat, and an end to the excuses. Begin the quest for solutions that can solve the problems that have been plaguing the country for the last 30 years, that would be nice. I'm glad to see a movement from the top down to assist the people (local, state and federal). To stop the nonsense and get on with the real needs of "me" the people. Hope all the politicos hear the music cause we are getting to the bottom of the cookie jar.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  111. Larry D

    Well since the election we have made history here in america with Barack Obama becoming our next president, the world sees that we have made a bit of progress. We need a strong leader during these tough times in america. Barack Obama will bring our people together and unite the world.

    Albany, ny

    November 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  112. Cliff, Front Royal,VA

    Because since the Democrats won the last two elections they don't need to continue a election campaign and divde the country with their rhetoric. Now their cry is lets unite.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  113. Steve Spokane, Wa

    I think it means we are in a time of great trouble and the vast majority have come to realize the utterly miserable leadership we have lived under for the past 8 years and the mess is so large it will only be solved by the participation and hard work of all of us. We have no one to blame but ouselves, we allowed this to happen. We elect leaders who sell us down the river and what do we do? We keep re-electing them! Until we realize the corruption of power and set term limits (since they won't do it themselves) we will contine to have these types of problems.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  114. Lynn, Boise ID

    It means that we are learning in these hard economic times that the only way for our nation to survive and rise again is if we come together. I also seems that, whether you agree with him or not, Obama really has inspired the nation in a profound and positive way.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  115. Kristi- WA state

    It feels as if we are not divided because so many people came together to elect Mr. Obama. If we had the same drama as we did the last two elections we would feel a huge devide again. It was nice to elect someone that made it clear that he would be everyones Presidant. No matter of race, religious beliefs, family values and the list could go on.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  116. Doug in New Mexico

    Looking at the comments I'm not sure we are not still divided. Maybe if it keeps up and gets worse we can all fall into the abyss between polarized opinions and drown in our own ignorance.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  117. AZ Arnie M

    Because Americans have been inspired, and are hopeful, now that Barack Obama was elected. His ability to pull off the largest political upset in history attests to his ability to unite people. There is enough bad news out there and someone who inspires hope is more than refreshing.

    November 14, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  118. Annie Florida

    It means we have a new president with new ideas, new goals, new hope. and best of all we are going to be rid of Bush.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  119. sandi

    It' simple. Democrats are uniters not dividers. It can only get better from here.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  120. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    This country was divided twice in our lifetime...first with the Viet Nam war of which we should have stayed out of to begin with...Remember all those bumper stickers that said "LOVE IT or LEAVE IT"? And then Bush with his if you are not supporting the war then you are against the country.....Well, George took his eye off of Bin Laden and went right for a country that had nothing to do with 9-11 and it has costs us dearly...again.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  121. Joyce Pilotte

    People heard the thrilling words spoken by President-elect Obama on election night and have taken them to heart. After that speech we have to believe that anything is possible. I hope and pray that that is true, but I fear that it is not. I just don't trust the Republican party to be willing to work for the greater good.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  122. Mark in OKC

    Don't worry, Jack, it won't take Obama's policies long to alienate about half the country.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  123. Christle

    Because they're living in fantasy land, Jack. They shouldn't be fooled by the fact that Barack Obama won the Presidency. While I believe his being elected was a huge step in the right direction for our country, there is still that side of America that rages on full of racial, social, gender, and sexual discrimination. Thinking that the country is more united might make some Americans feel good, but in actuality, the only thing that has changed is the fact that we now won't have to worry being ruled by 4 more years of Republican destructiveness and ignorance.

    Christle L.


    November 14, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  124. Bert, Iowa City, IA

    This country has not been the same since George Bush said: "you're either with us, or you're against us". That statement set the tone for the last 6 years. It will be nice to move beyond it.

    Iowa City, Iowa

    November 14, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  125. Frank, from Canada

    Because they are finally beginning to unite together and with the rest of the world.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  126. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN


    Many people are sick and tired of the same old rants and raves by both the far right and the far left. The majority of us live in the center and are very disgusted with the extremes to which hate mongers from both ends of the political spectrum have taken to demonize the other side. Being a true liberal or a true conservative is nothing to be ashamed of. This country was founded on very liberal principles which allow for the widest possible range of political, religous and other beliefs. While some of the far left have forgotten this it is the hate mongers of the right wing who have caused many of the problems over the last two decades. They are like the people who go into crowded theaters and yell fire and then take no responsibility for their actions. People of good consience on both sides need to police their own extremists in order for our nation to heal itself and survive.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  127. kenneth sibbett

    America"s changing Jack. People are moving. Jobs are different than when we were young . Farming?Go south. Industrial.Go north.Pick oranges.Take your pick, Florida or California. Computer?Silicon Valley.Good collages. Harvard,Yale. Decent collages. Carolina, USC.
    People are co-mingling in this century than more than anytime in world history. And the World is a better place for it!

    November 14, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  128. Les Oklahoma

    Jack I think the Obama administration makes us feel that we might have some input into Government and the direction it might go. Unlike the Bush Administration who made you feel like Government was going to be shoved down your throat and you better darn well like it.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  129. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Jack, a country cannot be divided when people of all colors, creeds, ages, preferences, and orientations are in the same unemployment line. We are all getting screwed over by a system that gives breaks to corporations and not working Americans.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  130. roman nakonechny, corbin, KY

    Could it be that the people finally realized that they have a "common enemy" in the idiots that have run this country into the ground. My sense is that the voting public will be more aware of how our money is spent from now on. Just because these so-called "experts" have Phd's or a college education is not an indication of having the "smarts" to make good choices. Considering what is going on, the notion that there is a class of people who are qualified to make the proper choices for the rest of us have finally been proven wrong.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  131. Dennis In Washington State

    I think Americans have realized that it is more important to elct someone who can help our land, than someone who would be fun to have a beer with.
    We all realize that we need a 'thinker' not a 'winker'

    November 14, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  132. Chryssa

    It's because all the Republicans are secretly happy Obama won.

    Boise, ID

    November 14, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  133. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    Because the Bush reign is now over. That does not mean that the republicans have plans for doing anything other than what they have been doing for the past 8 years. I don't think they get it, this country's economy is in a shambles because of them. They don't think the 15% approval rating applies to them because it has been a democratic majority. I'm hoping for a democratic majority.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  134. Sonoran Desert DT

    Because of the evil corrupt GOP stranglehold on the nation is gone. That alone brings hope.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  135. Louis, Los Angeles

    It means that we have a new opportunity to move beyond the divisive politics of this last election. We still have a long way to go but the potential is here. We should not have to wait for another 9/11 to unite the country. The time is now. When people work together we can do some great things. Change will take time but together we can get there and make good things happen.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  136. David in Atlanta

    Because Bush, Cheney, Rove and the other divisive crooks are headed out of office and power and soon off to jail!

    November 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  137. susan from Idaho

    We are all so hopeful that being united means that we will prevail. The state of our country demands that we pull together. We are much worse off now than we were after nine eleven. We must remain cohesive and supportive of our new administration.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  138. hugh ~ tracy, california

    Like the Berlin Wall, it will take awhile before the walls of racism crumble down like bricks. The racial barrier being broken was the dream of John Kennedy and Martin Luther King. With Barack Obama as our next president, he will lead us to breakdown the barriers of racism and begin to heal the wounds of our nation, but the scars will remain a part of our nation's legacy. Still, I feel privileged to be alive at this turning point in American history. Now, let's get the job done.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  139. lynnej

    Senator Obama's election to President has everyone in good vibes at the moment. It seems that we're not divided as much as we were. That's true-in spirit.

    But the real test will come when the haves that have more money than they know what to do with gets mad when the poor are alloted money to catch up in the inequality department. That is when things will go back to business.

    Senator Obama's rise to the highest office in the land is not the end of racism and discrimination. It is a start. We must remember that.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  140. Paul, Brooklyn NY

    Because for the first time in 8 years, 70% of Americans are certain that the light at the end of the tunnel does not belong to an oncoming freight train. Obama campaigned on a platform of hope. Ten weeks before inauguration day the smell of hope is already in the air, and it's a big improvement over the stench it's beginning to replace.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  141. Susan A from Rochester

    Jack, Americans finally grasped that the politics of Karl Rove were turning us into a country we no longer recognized and the world no longer respected. They crossed party and ideological and racial lines to elect someone who quietly and consistently presented himself as the antithesis of fear and divisiveness.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  142. Sandra fromTexas

    Very few of us are divided about the fact that we cannot wait until Bush/Cheney are gone. Unfortunately, they will not be taking all their associates and enablers with them. The fight is not over and never will be, but it feels better already.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  143. Susan in Ohio

    It means we've closed a chapter in our history. But the book is not finished. On Nov 4th, the race card was crumbled up and tossed into the wastebasket where it belongs.

    We're all feeling a little euphoric right now. A sense of pride and brotherhood abounds. And now, as a people, we have been challenged to a new future. The question is, will we rise to the occasion?

    Mansfield, Ohio

    November 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  144. Susan in Maine

    One word...MODERATE!

    November 14, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  145. Katty OR

    It means they are in denial!

    November 14, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  146. jyll from TEXAS

    It means that the rich will continue to get richer, the poor will continue to get poorer, and the middle class will continue to get screwed!!!!
    Have a good weekend Jack!

    November 14, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  147. The Trippster of PA

    If you see a guy break his leg, you don't ask him what his voter registration card says. You get him help. People are funny like that. When the going gets tough, decent folk pitch in and help their neighbors however that can. That's just how our nation is going to get back on the right track.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  148. Janet, Canada

    Because everyone just realized what the country did: elected a president who will most likely pull America out of its downward spiral of the last eight years. People are starting to see your country, "not as blue states and red states, but," as Obama says, "the United States of America"!!!

    November 14, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  149. Laurieann Petker-Huffman Willits, CA

    It tells me Americans aren't paying attention. We are unfortunately divided in so many ways. Sadly we are divided in Politics, divided by Wealth, divided by State, and hopefully with the new President Elect some of our divisions by race will change...But we are completely divided by so many things!!!

    November 14, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  150. arlene rannfeldt

    fear divides people. I think people were so fed up they decided to put fear aside and try something new..i only hope we all made the right decision..President Obama, please don't let us down..in iowa

    November 14, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  151. Rafal

    It means that our younger generation (X and Y) are getting their information via other outlets than TV. Propoganda and patrition idealogy are no longer accepted by the younger population. Our society is turning the page from us vs them to together "yes we can".

    November 14, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  152. John in Rohnert Park

    Well the economic situation is so bad right now that there is a bond forming among many Americans. The once proud and mighty middle class are suddenly finding themselves on the verge of slipping into the ranks of the poor and we are all sharing the same fears for a change. Secondly, we pretty much all agreed that we needed to make a change with Obama. We may all be in rough waters but for the first time in a long time we're all in the same boat together. It's kind of nice in a way.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  153. Bill Joseph


    Unfortunately nothing changes over night, while we have elected an African American president, we still have a way to go in mending the rifts in our culture. There's a great amount of diversity in our nation and until all the people in our nation are treated with the same amount of respect no matter what gender, race, color, or sexual preference I can't say that we are less divided. We are one step closer by electing a "black" president, but there's still a long road ahead of us.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  154. Bob H Rockford, Mi.

    It simply means that our country is becoming mutually dissatisfied with our political, financial, educational, etc... systems that we have to live with day in and day out. In short we seem to be uniting because of a common enemy; government and big business.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  155. Sue

    Obama has said that we are the "United States of America" and that is
    the way we have to go forth if we are to regain our past status as
    a beacon for the world and to secure a place for future generations that will enable them to carry the torch forward.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  156. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    I think we surprised ourselves when we elected Obama. I never thought I'd live to see the day when an African-American would be president. And I don't believe many other Americans thought so either, especially African-Americans. So we were all part of this historic election and it makes us feel good, and fills us with hope and optimism. Because one great possibility has now opened the door to so many other possibilities. And besides, when times get tough, it's time to stick together and get through this mess. It truly is a great time to be alive.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  157. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Jack, I'm encouraged simply by your asking of this question. Although there are many who still think in terms of "us" and "them", I think we saw a willingness to put that mindset in the past during this election cycle. I think we also witnessed a backlash against the Rovian-style politics of hate and divisiveness. Hopefully that trend will continue and we can make strides as one nation in order begin the healing.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  158. Justin

    Obama had a legitimate win by a clear majority of votes. That's what you want in a democracy, not Bush style technical victories.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  159. Jonathan in San Antonio, TX

    People are trying to come together now because the economy is in bad shape. Jobs are getting cut and iconic businesses like GM are on the verge of bankruptcy. People are getting worried now. When the economy was stronger, the country stayed divided because they could afford too. People see Obama as a person who can bring everyone together to lead this country through hard times. This is like post 9-11 when the country came together but sooner or later they will divide again.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  160. Daniel Ambrose

    I think because the end of hatred is in sight. But yet, it is still out there. As I see alot of tell tell signs of it. But this country has come along ways in years past and I can only see a brighter future with the upcoming administration.

    Daniel Ambrose,
    Atlanta, GA

    November 14, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  161. Michael from Greenfield, Wi.

    As you have said in the past, it means that we are growing up. In my little neck of the woods, we are coming closer together in order to assure our prosperity and survival in this horrific situation that our nation has been manuevered into. To quote Hillary "we are now a village'.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  162. Pat in Atlanta

    For the first time in a long time, everyone is suffering. The rich have seen their extravagant homes not only decline in value, but in desireability. Not to mention their investments. The middle class is having a hard time keeping their heads above water with increasing prices and dwindling job opportunities. The poor are where they always are, behind the 8 ball. This recession is different and everyone feels it.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  163. scott o

    fewer see the country divided because suddenly the sun has begun to rise upon the darkness of the past decades of Republican divisive politics.....now as we band together in this last "starving of the beast" shadow being left by the Old Republican Guard, Americans are optimistic because of the election of Obama.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  164. Sandi, Chicago

    I believe it is because for the most part, Americans now have Hope!
    Despite all the bad news on the economy, I believe in the new President-elect... Not that I expect a turn around within the first 100 days – but, I do believe within his first term, we will be on the road to saying 'yes, we are better of that we were in 2008'!

    November 14, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  165. Tom Ft Lauderdale

    We just finished an election to establish the leader of the free world. The winners are happy and the loser's are focused on blame. In the next 100 day's If Barrack Obama hasn't enraged half of the voter's I shall be disaspointed. I expect him to lead and I expect it may be ugly. If he tries to make all happy then we will all fail. Tough job!!!

    November 14, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  166. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Hopefuly it means that we finally realize we're all in this together. But I think it's because we all know Bush's days are numbered and that is agreeable to just about everyone.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  167. Thom Richer

    I had not realized this, Jack. In fact for the past 8 years, I have watched as we became more and more divided as each day passed. I can only hope we are becoming more united now. Ifwe are, Jack, it is because the Bush/Cheney oligarchy, and that is exactly what it was, is finally at its end. Because of Obama's SELECTION as president, hopefully it is a sgn that what you claim is true. However, with the hidden and denied racism that permeates our white society, I still have my doubts. ie, Presidential Campaign and Patchogue, NY-Suffolk County hate crime by TEENS! Let's hope we become one again as we claim to be.

    Negaunee, MI

    November 14, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  168. Jan from Delaware

    A person sees what he wants to see as each one of us is given free will from our Creator. Americans, in general, are tired of living in a country where people hate people for something as stupid of what color a person was born with. They see a common ground and the basic goodness of all people. So much time is wasted fighting amongst ourselves. Obama's promise of unity is refreshing and worth looking forward to instead of backwards to things that were done and are over.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  169. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Give it time. Election euphoria is always replaced by disappointment.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  170. Honest John in Vermont

    We are less divided because our economy is a mess and each person is wondering what their future will be.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  171. Neatha in Kansas City

    Hope is an amazing thing. I think American's in general are tired of the divisive policies of the Bush Administration and are ready to move forward in a united direction. I think it is great!

    November 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  172. Michael watching from Canada


    Anytime a crisis occurs, one of two things will occur: further division or greater unity. Since America has elected a new President whose agenda is for change, hope and unity, it is not at all surprising that fewer Americans see their country divided.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  173. Kim - Blair, NE

    Simply means we selected the right president.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  174. Bob Perin

    Yes we should bail out the Big Three only if the US Congress re-institutes the income tax deduction for interest paid on automobile loans, personal loans and credit cards. This would truly be giving something back to "Main Street".

    November 14, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  175. Maggie from peterborough

    It simply means more people a becoming poorer and can relate more to the disadvantaged who previously fell by the wayside because of age, job loss, medical expenses etc..

    Quite likely people who considered a person out of a job a bum without knowing the circumstances that created this result can now see how easy it is to fall upon misfortune through no fault of your own.

    Therefore Jack it is becoming quite apparent the only real divisions are now between the rich and the poor with more and more people gravitating towards the latter category.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  176. Mickie

    Mostly because more and more of us are getting poor while the Bush/Cheney cronies and CEO's get rich.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  177. Will K from San Jose

    Bush's approval rating is under 30%. As a country we might not be able to agree on much, but at least two out of three of us think that getting him out of office is a step in the right direction.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  178. Bill from Maine


    I think we're weary of the politics of fear. Off and on since the election of Ronald Reagan we've had people telling us our problems are "out there" and who's to blame for them. Either it's been the "evil empire" of the Soviet Union, terrorism, liberals, or something else. The Bush administration capitalized on fear and used it again and again to keep us in the dark. Barack Obama came on the scene and told us we need to stop looking for a scapegoat and start accepting responsibility for making things better. I think this election has shown we are at a crossroads and rather than continue on the path of fear, division, and distrust, we've decided we want to take the path of hope.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  179. Jim

    Car solution: Auto makers need sales. The auto workers (& suppliers) need to keep working. The people need fuel efficient cars. The govenment wants to stop importing oil.
    Take $25 billion of the $50 bill & give 800,000 US families a voucher for $30,000 each to buy a fuel efficient (we set the standard), Ford, GM, or Chrysler ONLY car. The buyer comes up with the difference. Give the other $25 billion to the car makers to retool to fuel efficient cars (we set the standard, not them) & let them compete with each other as to who gets the 800,000 new car sales.
    They win, the workers win, the people win, & we use less oil. Heck, put the money (vouchers) in the hands of the people not the car CEO's. We know where that will go.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  180. Mike - Hot Springs, Ar.

    There is now a sense of hope. Even during this period of total collapse, I think that more Americans think that Obama can provide a way out. There is no way the die-hard Pallin types will agree, but I think that many of us can see the possibility of light at the end of the tunnel and this time it is not an oncoming train.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  181. Jay-San Antonio

    Jack, it simply means that whether you voted for him or not you know he is qualified to do one thing and that is unite us. That man is likeable. when a person is likeable even when you disagree with him you find ways to work with him and support him.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  182. Geoffrey in Lowell, MA

    I'm sure O'Reilly's or Limbaugh's script writers are working hard on fixing this. The rest of us are just wondering why a young man at the peak of his Harvard Educated ability, with a happy marriage, adorable wholesome daughters would want to save us from ourselves. It is a marvel and this is the season for hope.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  183. Jennifer - Raleigh, NC

    It means that the ineptitude of George W. Bush was so great, that the thin line between love and hate got a little thinner.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  184. Ken Pinon Hills California

    Looking at CNN's electoral map of Red and Blue, I would call that a big divide, and that gives the answer.

    November 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  185. Gordon from Roanoke, Virginia

    It's simple. The nation has come together to support our newly elected President i.e., Barack Obama. He's not only a community organizer, but a national organizer!

    November 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  186. Pete, Fla.

    The majority of registered voters are Democrat, the Democrats now control just about every aspect of our lives, so yeah, no surprise. As a Republican, I feel left out, and divided.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  187. Carl Deshazer

    The only division i see is between our government and the citizens of the United States. These political leeches are bleeding our citizens dry. Bush, Cheney, Paulson, Barney Frank, Pelosi and Reid just to name a few are constantly ignoring the will of the people and vote in favor of big buisness.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  188. Jim/NC

    The 15% drop can be attributed to Obama winning. Those 57% thinks he will cure all of our ills. No chance!!!

    November 14, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  189. Bill from Michigan

    I do not see it. As long as the politicians can not come together for the good of all Americans we will remain divided. Until the politicians come together and fix the economy, the exodus of good jobs, and the flood of labor from other countries, we will be fighting with each other over what little is left forever.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  190. Carol in Durham Maine

    Its called HOPE! That now that Obama is our new leader, the divisiveness error of hate and fear might be over. With luck people will shun Limbaugh and Hannity's of the media and really take this to heart.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  191. ED

    I think the newest pole results only reflected the public optimism, after two years of media blizting, and even more so, eight years under Bush.
    The popular vote was again split about 51% – 49%. This country has been divided since the Civil War, and I doubt if that will ever change.
    A close look at the Red – Blue map, would support my theory.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  192. Spencer, Newport News, VA

    The country is not divided but Sarah Palin tried her best to do so. it would have been divided if President elect obama would have lost the election.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  193. Rob

    Many may be quick to pat Obama on the back for uniting the country, but it is impossible to ignore the impact a financial crisis can have. Suddenly, everyone wants to get along in the interest of preserving their finances. The war never did it, but money will.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  194. Anne in Louisiana

    One word Jack, HOPE. There is a chance for this country to turn the page on our ugly, divided past and take the first step toward realizing Dr. Martin Luther King's dream. The intolerant religious right and the racial bigots did not trump self preservation and the realization by voters that a divided nation will fail.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  195. Mickie in Stallion Springs, CA

    Americans have become progressively more tolerant in the last 50 years. Go back 50 years and imagine, if you will, a black or woman President.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  196. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Obama won. He represents unity by both his genetic makeup and his positive message. Hope beat fear this election and that's a sign that we, as a country, are ready for positive change. Our country and the world is looking at us positively for the first time in a LONG time.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  197. Gia in Los Angeles

    I believe Obama WILL heal the divide in the country, Jack, and once again make us The United States of America. Some people are still skeptical of that, but I believe it will get better and by the time we're into the first three months of his Administration even more people will see the country as being more united.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  198. Sandra

    Because "who" voted in the elections showed us the rest FINALLY saw the light!

    Westfield, MA

    November 14, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  199. Diane

    I am very hopeful that Americans are starting to realize that we've got to come together in order to solve problems. Hopefully this president will be much more willing to listen to others outside of his inner circle.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  200. Kristen Ingram

    Some of my Republican friends admire Obama and think he will be moderate in governing.

    I hope they're wrong. O how I long for the Left! Does anyone there remember the Roosevelt-Wilkie race?

    November 14, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  201. Edgar Diaz Huntington Park, Ca

    People will not be as violent and aggressive towards situations and they now believe anything is possible. However this will not last long, I give it a year.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  202. Sean in California

    Uh, that we're less divided, Jack? Maybe bush was a uniter after all...I hardly know anyone who doesn't think he's a pathetic president.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  203. Valicia

    They see it as divided because those are the ones that don't want an african american president. It's not about race and obama is not just for african americans he's for all races. But since he won everyone's true feelings are starting to show.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  204. Katie Kennedy

    It means that at last we have a reason for which to be thankful to George Bush.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  205. Ruie - Michigan

    Dear Jack:

    I believe one of the main reasons is the overwhelming win of Obama in the election. There was definitely a clear winner this time – no shadow of stolen election. That helps Americans to have more confidence and faith that the two parties can come together. Also, the fact that Democrats have a majority now in Congress, gives us more confidence that at least something will get done over the next few years.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  206. Tim Wheatley

    People are FINALLY growing up, whatever there AGE maybe..:)

    November 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  207. Steve

    Post-election euphoria, rose-colored glasses, wishful thinking, denial – take your pick!

    Port Orchard, WA

    November 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  208. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Americans are hoping beyond hope that Obama will bring everyone to the table and people will listen to each other and be more civil.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  209. Abdul

    It looks like Americans are divided on this question.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  210. Karen of Penna

    Fewer Americans see the country as less divided because the "decider" is leaving office. Bush's Administration was one of the most divisive Administrations in my memory.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  211. Wm in BURNS TN

    HOPE !

    November 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  212. Michael D from Tampa

    It means that George Bush succeeded in uniting the country...against the republicans and their insane economic policies.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  213. glenda sitnek

    We can see the end of this 8-year reign in sight and we've grown together watching and listening to Obama remind us we need to work together for our own good to realize the good of the country.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  214. chimera

    I think it is saying that we are tired of the infighting and we are ready to work together to help heal this Nation. I guess 'hope' is no longer just a word as Hillary and McCain wanted us to believe. Hope is now a full-fledged movement. Where are my gloves? Ready to get to work to bring it to fruition. I am very excited for the future of our country. Peace.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  215. Terrie in Tennessee

    Jack I think its a sign the country is about to come together and in this uncertain time I think we need that. We need to come together as a nation and get it back on track.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  216. Matt

    I believe many still see the republican democrat divide but more and more people see the idea of a perfect america and have decided to start working for it, john stewart said that pro gay civil rights is the next battle that will set america back on course, and even though that is a issue that still divides us, much work is left to be done on a lot of issues, but many who took the poll can see and are willing to work towards the right direction.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  217. Kimoni Moss

    It means that the country is less divided then the government is Jack its just that simple!

    November 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  218. Darren

    Hope is reurning, after eight straight years of the Bush regime.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  219. Deb McMahon from Iowa

    The message of hope, optimism and a new beginning is intoxicating to Americans, We have been hiding under rocks in fear and embarrassment for the past almost eight years because of Bush and Company. Now we see light at the end of this dark chapter in our lives and we are ecstatic!

    November 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  220. Robert Giroux

    The view from the outside is that Americans are as divided as they are ever been but Barack Obama is seen as the best hope in a long time to try to gap those differences ... I wish him luck!

    November 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  221. Alan, Buxton Maine

    Bush tore the country apart and Obama is seen as a uniting agent. It will be a long hard road but it may be possible to heal and Obama is our best hope.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  222. Rod from Glendale Heights, ILL

    Jack, I joined the Military and traveled the world for years to protect our Country. I was proud to be an American, but when our Country voted for Barack Obama to be our next President, for the first time in my life I were able to say that I was truly proud of this Country. I can now see what Michelle Obama mean when she said, for the first time in her Adult life that she was truly proud of this Country. What a Country we live in Jack? SIMPLY THE BEST!

    November 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  223. Philip

    It means that people think just because we have black president things will get better....um jack i think not

    November 14, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  224. Tony Turner

    Jack, it mean we all recognize this country is in deep do-do and the only way we can get out of this mess is coming together, which oh by the way has nothing to do with race. It means the issues are being addressed, not the color of a mans skin.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  225. R. Bell Jacksonville, Fl

    This has come on the wings of Change. Most Americans are allowing Fate and history to take its course, just as it has done for the past 200 years, The Question that is most present on the minds of those who really do seek change; Why should a person be held back because of the color of his or her skin; it's what's in the heart and character that counts? The notion of this goes against the very fiber of what this country is suppose to stand for. Justice and Liberty for all.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  226. Matt Walton


    We see that the country is less divided because when Republicans loose elections we decide to support the winner and hope to see them succeed. We don’t want the country to fail. Unlike Democrats who wanted to see the Bush administration, and subsequently the country, fail after his two elections.

    Matt Walton
    Raleigh, NC

    November 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  227. Don Warren

    It means that a lot of us are glad that Bush will be gone on Jan.20.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  228. sam, Oregon

    It may mean there is increased opening in the national consciousness for hope. No matter what one's political persuasion, most of us recognize the momentous times we find ourselves. It is both hope grounded in new political realities and the more audacious hope which defies facts to the contrary.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  229. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    This election was won beyond a reasonable doubt. It wasn't determined by hanging chads or a Supreme Court Decision. And it wasn't decided by one state with questionable voting machines. The results were clear, so there is no reason for people to feel cheated. Our votes were counted, and the people have spoken. Democracy at work!! Finally!

    November 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  230. Cody-Michael

    Who really knows whether it means we're more willing to work together or whether we're just hopeful for a united nation? Either way hope is good.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  231. Richard M. Snyder, Binghamton, NY

    Could it be that many of us would like to think of ourselves as "not blue states, not red states, but the UNITED States of America."

    November 14, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  232. Ginger - Neptune Beach, FL

    The current economic crisis has effectively sent the message that we are all "in the same boat." Additionally, the recent national campaign showed all Americans that the things that make us great are the same things that make us all different. We are a strong, independent country with millions of patriotic Americans working hard to make this the best place on earth for all races, colors, religions, and ethnicities. Our basic principle – we are all red, white, and blue Americans.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  233. Greg Hicks

    I believe that many Americans, such as myself, have been inspired to become part of the solution to our nation's challenges. We also have too much at stake at such a critical time to all of our futures. We have to work together as we do in any crisis. President-Elect Obama has leveraged his leadership by example to inspire this effort. Change truly is good!

    Houston, Texas

    November 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  234. sandi lewis

    Everyone I talk to on both sides feel alot better with this win there is alot of hope , we all understandstand President elect cant solve all our problems but we have to start somewhere , we're all backing him if he needs our help we'll be there

    November 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  235. Walter

    We are just as divided as ever. The obnoxious and constantly whining left just stopped whining so we don't hear the division as much any more.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  236. Carla DeVaughn

    jack, hopefully, those stats mean a new understanding of "divided we fall, united we stand". it's a reflection that more Americans are seeing that it's character, not color that count.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  237. Diogenes in a greek joint in Reno

    without the compassionate Conservative decider around for much longer the rest of us decided to trust each other, and give the new guy a chance. after all how much wose can it get?
    it might just be better in a few years.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  238. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va


    It's the economy stupid! Everyone is in the same leaky boat now so what's there to divide us? As soon as we get back on our feet, we'll be back at each others throats.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  239. Jen Burstein

    If there is a perception that the nation is now less divided than in previous years, I believe it is because of three words: the economy, the economy, the economy. Though Barack Obama ran a phenomenal campaign, it was the economic crisis that allowed many traditionally republican voters to support more government spending for relief on Main Street. Ideologically, I believe America is as divided as ever (as the huge controversy over Proposition 8 shows), but certainly the economy ought to be given its due for "reaching across the aisle."

    Jen Burstein, Charlottesville, VA

    November 14, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  240. JJ

    It means there's hope for the United Sates to finally live out the 'united' in its name.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  241. Jim Rogerson

    I believe that the country is less divided because all of the negative sides were presented in the presidential campaign. The voters saw that there is no closure there, so they are looking for positive signs from the government and the society. The vote for Obama was a vote against the old politics. For now President-Elect Obama has a window that he can use to put the real interests of the people at the forefront The people have laid quite a burden on him.

    Jim of Charlotte, NC.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:17 pm |

    It means that we are headed in the right direction, toward unity and reconstruction. We cannot succeed or prosper while we are divided. It means that people trust Barak Obama to lead our country.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  243. John in Denver

    Jack: What this means is that we were far more ready for fundamental change than many were willing to admit. Enormous pressure was relieved in the county at the election of Barack Obama because his victory was seen as a change for the better. It gave us hope. That is infectious just like pessimism can be. In my neighborhood there has spontaneous jubilation. My neighbors and I took to the streets honking car horns, setting off fireworks and literally jumping up and down in unrestrained jubilation; tears rolling down our cheeks. It was as if we had taken the country back from a foreign dictator. I've never seen anything like it. I can't imagine how black and sullen the mood would have been had the election gone differently.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  244. Oliver Tayu

    Jack because of Obama`s message of hope and unity .People around the world for the first time in eight years can wave the American flag with pride.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  245. Lori T

    Although Pres Elect Obama is called the first African American President. Most Americans don't see him as simply black; they see him as he truly is; (both black and white) and therefore most capable of healing some of the wounds of our severely divided past. Perhaps that old definition of who is considered black should be revamped. Moreover his obvious desire to lessen the economic class divide provides hope for so many Americans.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  246. Daniel, Indiana

    I think that it is a blind hope. I see the Republicans talking of being dividers and rigid about their agenda. This will not unite our country, let along get anything accomplished. The Democrats stood in the way of the Republican agenda, this is true, but look at where their agenda has gotten us economically. That was the correct move at the time. Now is a time for cooperation from all politicians in order to attempt to save our country.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  247. BRENDA

    It means even more change is on the way! This is just the start.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  248. Mark B. Detroit, MI.

    Yes we are divided and people should stop lookin a blind eye. New time , new generation and some folks just don't want to change with time.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  249. Adrian of the Virgin Islands

    It means America is finally recognizing the idiotic reasoning of being separated on an issue rather than uniting to solve it. Because America has elected the first African-American President we are now seeing that change can be realized if all of us come together. Now, America will continue on the tradition that our founding fathers embedded into our country's name, "United."

    November 14, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  250. Ruth from Virgini

    It means that this fear mongering, hate speak ing administration and their friends IS GONE!

    November 14, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  251. Aamir Muhammad in Las Vegas Nevada

    Jack its simple: The preception is the reality.


    November 14, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  252. Sean John

    So what if we are "Divided' as long as we get things fixed in the US, Jobs,housing,ect......Divided or not we need to get back on track...

    November 14, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  253. James Searcy

    Many Americans are still reveling in euphoria from President-Elect Obama's historic win in the recent election. I don't believe America is any more united than it was before November 4th. In fact I sense certain portals of hatred have intensified from a racial standpoint; sad but true. One example of why I feel this way include the massive purchasing of guns under the guise of fear that once in office, Obama will roll back the right to own certain arms. While it's wonderful to have hope toward improving racial relations in this country, it will be an uphill climb and the fact that Obama is African-American isn't singly a miracle manifested.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  254. joanne, Westwood,NJ

    I think the country is less divided after the election because conservatives are much more gracious than liberals. If Obama had lost the split would be wide and deep.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  255. Willis

    I live here in Washington DC and I think that it means that this election has changed us all. And it is no longer a race issue. We are together as Americans and we all have the common goal of bettering our Economy. This election has united us more than the day after 9/11. I think unity is part of the Change that Obama wanted for America.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  256. DAWN

    They have a vision problem

    November 14, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  257. Phil P. in NJ

    Jack, it's not about Red states or Blue states, it's about the United States of America. Americans understand we're all in this together. We've might have come to America on different ships, but we're in the same boat now.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  258. Jacqueline Mongeot

    The country less divided? The election roughly indicated 52% vs 48% Perhaps THE UNITED STATES will be taken and applied in the proper sense of the word UNITED. There is a lot of hope attached to the concept of unity. We are dealing with humans who are imperfect who have different opinions which is a divisive fact. The Republicans are going to work diligently to restore the unity of their party. When this will be achieved the country will be divided again. It will not take long. President Obama will have to live with it.
    Jacqueline San Diego CA

    November 14, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  259. Al

    To me it means that we are finally moving toward a the time in America where we actually judge a man not by the color of his skin, but by the content of his character, thank God for the open minds of our youth!

    November 14, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  260. Earl from Los Angeles

    It means that more Americans are united in their belief that Bush is one of the worst American presidents in our history.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  261. Kim

    It means Hope beat Fear this time and that people believe they, as individuals, can make a difference. With Barack Obama as President he makes us believe in America's potential again and our place in it.
    He inspires us to get involved as never before. Truly, "Yes We Can"!

    November 14, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  262. Sean John

    So what if we are a little divided no harm in that....as long as we FIX the problems here at home.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  263. Ernie Sandoval

    What does it mean that fewer Americans see the country as less divided? Absolutely nothing. Right now we are more or less aligned against the Bush administration and enjoying the afterglow of the Obama election (which I consider a great thing of monumental significance). In a few weeks we will be back to our partisan sniping and bickering. Some already have reverted to that-read the right wing rants. Democrats and Republican moderates will be trying to do what is right and conservatives will resume spouting their hate.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  264. Mark from Yuba City, CA

    Right now it's divided between the Haves (have a job, have a house, have a life, have a future) and the Have Nots ( No job, no house, no life, no future) The sad part is that I see the Have Nots suffering further under Obama has he tried to right the country in his vision.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  265. Bill from Michigan

    Our country will stay divided in one way or another. John McCain is in Georgia right now, and other Republicans to soon follow, to make sure Senator Chambliss gets re-elected because he is the last hope to keep the Seante divided so they can road block the new agenda that the majority of Americans are desperately hoping for.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  266. BRENDA

    It means even more change is on the way, and I expect that even more people will come together in the very near future!

    Schaumburg, IL

    November 14, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  267. Erika in Petersburg, Va

    It is clear that the American people believe in the change that President-Elect Obama has promised. We are tired of the failed policies of the Bush administration and feel that this historic election has brought together ALL parties.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  268. Carol in Va.

    It means they don't know about the undertow beneath the sea of tranquility which will knock them off their feet and drag them out into the cold depths of reality.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  269. Daniel Rincones (Ring-cone-s) Miami, Florida

    Jack, It means that the country has come a long way from the past 40- plus years. 45 years ago, segregation was the norm for African Americans. Gays were considered mentally sick, and unmentionable (at least publicly) and miscegenation (or race-mixing) was outlawed in most states, working women were rare and abortion was illegal.

    Now, an African-American of mixed ancestry is elected president, openly gay couples are protesting for civil unions, almost half of the country's work force are women and Roe vs. Wade is the law of the land. We still have a long way to go, but let's hope we keep being more tolerant and less divided.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  270. Willie from Michigan

    Because hope and change equal progress and that is what this country needs and President-Elect offers. We made history with help from all segments of the population, not only are we proud, we are ready to move forward.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  271. Sharon, Rockford, IL

    The country is less divided for a couple of reasons. First Barack Obama appears to want an all-inclusive government that would benefit everyone and secondly, the economy is in the tank and everyone, regardless of eqace, political persuasion or economic status, are all being affected in one way or another. The smarter Americans know that this is a time to all come together – united we stand, divided we fall. The only divisiveness I see is from the extreme right and that's because all they care about is cultural issues, they don't and never have cared about Americans in general. It's personal for them.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  272. najib aboubak

    In 2000 and 2004 the the election result did not reflect the will of the people

    November 14, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  273. Fred Rutledge

    We see the country as less divided
    because even people who voted for mccain
    have to admit
    Obama brings hope

    November 14, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  274. keith

    Of course there are more people thinking the country is together. The democrats won the election, you hear no crying about voting irregularities, no fraud or hanging chad, so the blacks are happy.
    If the Republicans had won, there would have been riots for sure and the nation would have been divided once again by zealots.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  275. Reggie Idlett

    America is less divided now because Americans like the idea (and the reality )of a UNITED STATES of America!...We are living the developed potentials of those who came before us and like Muhammad Ali,'we look forward to tommorrow because we get better every day!"

    November 14, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  276. Steve, PA

    Probably because they are finally realizing America is a sinking ship, now they are worried too little too late. Glad I knew, whew.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  277. Jay in Texas

    It means that people are relying too much on their cell phones and, thus, are only talking to their closest friends and family. If they really had their hands on the pulse of older Americans in particular, they would have a completely different perspective.
    Brownwood, Texas

    November 14, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  278. Evelyn Rivera

    I believe the country feels less divided after this election because this President elect is a minority, so more people identify with him and his election has given them hope for their own future and the future of their children. I think Obama has a great task in front of him because not only does he have to clean up a monumental mess left over by the prior administration, but as the first minority to break through his actions will be looked at in a microscopic way!

    Stamford, CT

    November 14, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  279. Loretta

    The truth of the matter Jack is that all Americans see the country less divided but there are those who are still too arrogant and stubborn to admit it. It's a win-win situation, finally an African American will be president of the United States and his campaign was of a professional calibre so very superior to the sarcasm and vindictiveness which John McCain spewed for 20 months.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  280. Khalil Q Miami FL

    Jack, it means exactly what the question implies, that the American People will be more united. As every great president does, Barack Obama will further unite our country, much further than he already has in this election.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  281. Janet American in Canada

    The faces of America and the World is becoming more and more the melting pot!
    The Voices of Change are raising their voices, and the America of yesterday has grown up, tomorrow will see the future.
    The times of our fathers, grandfathers, and those who came before us have been put in the history books, but some editing will be done.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  282. hiram shelaker

    Could it be that maybe a new generation doesn't want a divided country? Could it be they are tired of being bombarded every hour of every day by those who capitalize on keeping American divided? Could it be that this generation looks around them and don't see the bias and prejudice that some still desperately cling to: they only see their neighbor....a fellow American. Maybe this past election showed all of us it's not about division. It's about unity. It's about that little word which started as a snowflake and soon became an avalanche that resounded in every corner of this country. It's about WE.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  283. Happy in Arizona

    The reason Jack is that more and more people have higher education degrees and recognize all people with their talents. The only ones who do not, are those who are staunch Republicans and have lesser education.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  284. Don in Grand Rapids, Mi


    The cause of most of the division and problems in our country is the liberal drive-by new media, in a word YOU! Now that YOU have succeded in getting the most liber socalist elected to the most powerful office on the planet it will be interesting to see how YOU survive when the whole place goes down the tubes. You'll find a way to place the blame somewhere. If you polled the average Americans instead of your liberal cronies you'll be amazed how out of touch YOu really are!

    November 14, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  285. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    it means everyday that passes the piece of cheese is getting smaller and smaller. maybe common sense is creeping into the picture. remember the poll's say the rich are the top 5=10 percent . looks like a lot more people will be joining the soup line soon. its hard for people to swallow there pride, but its happening.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  286. Janice from Maryland

    I beleive the severe financial crisis our country is on has trumped everything else. We are all feelng it in one way or another. Our new President elect has given us the confidence that we can change the way we work together. It's the old saying, united we stand, divided we fall. If we do not work together we do continue to fail as a nation.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  287. Jerry,OK

    Jack, Sounds like the majority of people are glad to be rid of Bush.

    Jerry N/OK

    November 14, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  288. Chris in San Diego

    This poll probably has nothing to do with who's president as most people commenting seem to think. It's pretty obvious that the reason for the change in the poll numbers is becaus Liberals are less willing to accept and back a Republican President and thus see the country as divided when the President is Republican. Whereas conservatives for the most part see the country as less divided regardless of which party is in power.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  289. Tomika Charlotte, NC

    I think that people see the country as being less divided b/c Obama is in the White House now. It give african americans and other minorites a more positive attitude about how we really can do or be anything. I feel that Obama will bring US as a country even closer together due to the diversity he has in the cabinet. He leads by example to show that if we work together we truly can make a difference.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  290. Harry Lime

    This is just about the same split as in the general election. A few more conservatives are hopeful. No surprise compared with the two elections you have posted, 2004 and 2000. How about comparing with other less divisive elections, probably they would be close to this number.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  291. Pablo, Charles Town, WV

    We have endured eight years of long division generated by the policies of the Bush administration. The American people have litte confidence in Bush's math, more or less his grammar. I think we are all becoming more and more thankful that we have at least elected someone scholarly and capable of speaking eloquently. It is at least one step in the right direction.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  292. Cori from Colorado

    It means that the 95% of the middle class that is America all got screwed. We're finally standing up together and saying, NO MORE!

    November 14, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  293. vern-t anaheim,ca

    i think the country is becoming less divided because of the election of a african american barack obama and people realize we must work together to solve the problems of our country or we will fall into decline but with all of us working together we will continue to be the best hope of the free world

    November 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  294. Linda

    People are hopeful.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  295. Clarencej

    We should'nt kid ourselves though this is a historical moment in electing our first black president, The under tone it self says that America are not practicing what we are preaching to other countries about democarcy. We have along ways to go even though it seems that we have come so far. And also this about same sex marriage it was not so from the beginning, They are trying to compare this event with the civil rights moment, Be serious they are fighting over a privelge not a right.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  296. Eric Bracke, Fort Collins, CO

    I think it means that the election was long and tiresome and people are worn out. For awhile, the fight is over and is time to move on as a nation.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  297. Jeffrey from LA, California

    What it means is that more Americans are beginning to realize that is truly the land of opportunity for people of races and both sexes. This year was a monumental year in shifting people's views as to whether the country was truly divided or not. We had our first woman candidate for the Democratic nomination and our first African American candidate who won a major party nomination and went as far as to win the presidency. Now that America is being seen by more people as "the land of opportunity" it has united people into feeling that anything is possible for anyone as long as they work hard.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  298. Rebecca from Indiana

    I am very happy to hear that our country is less divided. I am very happy to have Barack Obama as our next President. I wish him luck. Now, having watched the stock market today, I decided to head on down to Florida and catch the space shuttle. Not to watch it launch, but to be on it.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  299. Tomika, Charlotte NC

    Jack, I feel that it means that american's have finally opened there eyes and are starting to not see color or race and realizing that this country needs a change. With Obama setting the example by having different races in his cabinet he is leading by example which I feel will give american's some motivation to put the differences to the side and come together. We need to get to work.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  300. David in Raleigh

    The United States would be better off if it was split into two nations. The red nation and the blue nation. The red nation would get most of the land mass with the blue nation being very small consisting of the northeast, the west coast and a few islands in the middle including large cities. This way conservatives and liberals would live separately.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  301. chuck b

    We actually have someone that is willing too bring people together, not seperate people like the Republicans have done and continue to do.

    November 14, 2008 at 4:56 pm |
  302. Larry Limbocker

    Obama won the election by being defined as the most liberal voting member of congress, Regan won by being the most conservative candidate. People win when their ideas are not clouded. The middle is a disaster area like an airport on the foggiest of days. No one knows where any one is going (McCain). Republicans would do well to resist the carrot of compromise in going to the middle and instead re-entrench in their conservative values for 2012. I for one like too know what I'm buying.

    November 14, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  303. David

    Bush out Obama in.

    November 14, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  304. pat Green

    As Martha Stewart would say, "It's a good thing". It's about time.

    November 14, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  305. Tony Frederick

    It surprises me that they don't have a backup plan in place for this crisis. I can't see the government bailing them out, yet the auto industry is the backbone of the US economy. I guess we might as well save them. However, the unions need to think about that pay scale they fight over. Making the kind of money they make they should be enough to more than get by on.

    Tony in Arkansas

    November 14, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  306. perry jones

    they have blinders on or they would see the facts

    perry jones
    council bluffs iowa

    November 14, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  307. Mary( Louisiana

    Hi Jack,
    I think or I would say that it does appear that with President elect Obama there appears to be some healing coming about.

    November 14, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  308. Kristen Ingram

    I have $131. That has to last until December 3rd, when my Social Security, $639 (having paid my Medicare and Medigap insurance of $170) appears in my bank. Christmas? CHRISTMAS? I wrote a song for one grandson and took a batch of bird-feeder pictures for another. For a third grandson I recorded the poems of Dylan Thomas, and I'm giving the fourth my copy of Bambi (Felix Salton, not Walt Disney). Money? MONEY? So this is the retirement I waited for?

    November 14, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  309. Tim, Orlando FL

    It means that this country is beginning to practice what it preaches.

    November 14, 2008 at 6:24 pm |