Saturday, September 20, 2008

One-third of white Dems are racist, poll says

While some Ohio elected Democrats think their fellow Ohioans are racist, it turns out that perhaps the problem is in their own party.

An AP-Yahoo News poll that found one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks — many calling them "lazy," "violent" or responsible for their own troubles.

"More than a third of all white Democrats and independents—voters Obama can't win the White House without—agreed with at least one negative adjective about blacks, according to the survey, and they are significantly less likely to vote for Obama than those who don't have such views."

This certainly does not bode well for the Obama campaign, as such voters could easily swing the presidential election one way or the other.

The poll was conducted to determine why Obama is locked in such a close race with McCain. Elites just don't understand why Obama is not running away with the lead, citing the unpopularity of the president as an advantage for Obama. Of course, they forget that the only approval rating less than Pres. Bush's is that of Congress and both candidates come from that body.

Apparently, 'experts' just don't get it ... for Republicans, it has more to do with Obama's positions and policies than it does his race. Even the survey found that, while Republicans harbor prejudices, too, they weren't voting against Obama because of his race. "Most Republicans wouldn't vote for any Democrat for president—white, black or brown."

The survey had some surprising news for Democrats - especially those who've been saying, in the last several days, that their fellow Americans are bigots and afraid to vote for a black man. According to the results, doubts about Obama's competency outweigh the racial issue.

"More than a quarter of all Democrats expressed doubt that Obama can bring about the change they want, and they are likely to vote against him because of that.

Three in 10 of those Democrats who don't trust Obama's change-making credentials say they plan to vote for McCain."

Some other interesting survey findings from the article:

* More than a quarter of white Democrats agree that "if blacks would only try harder, they could be just as well off as whites."

* About 20% of independent voters called blacks "intelligent" or "smart," more than one third latched on the adjective "complaining" and 24 percent said blacks were "violent."

* Nearly four in 10 white independents agreed that blacks would be better off if they "try harder."

* Just 59% of Hillary Clinton's white Democratic supporters said they wanted Obama to be president. Nearly 17% of Clinton's white backers plan to vote for McCain.

* Among white Democrats, Clinton supporters were nearly twice as likely as Obama backers to say at least one negative adjective described blacks well.


Hooda Thunkit (Dave Zawodny) said...

Sounds to me like they got the answers their (loaded) questions were designed to provoke.

I wonder what kind of numbers they would have gotten if they asked policy based questions instead...

Chuck Greer said...

I grew up in the South (no, not southern Ohio, but the SOUTH). All the politicians I knew in my early years were Democrats (Geo. Wallace, Lester Maddox, just to name two) who were also virulent racists. So when I see the majority of blacks drinking the Democrat KoolAid, it drives me crazy, especially when Condi Rice, Colin Powell, and Clarence Thomas are scorned by their own race. I am choosing to vote for the (weak) Republican candidate because BHO is a socialist at best. I think while it is historic and proper that a (partially) black man is the candidate for President for a major ticket, it's a shame that the first one has to have a paucity of experience and a questionable past. But I am certainly NOT voting against Obama on the basis of skin color...

Unknown said...

If the Bradley effect is in play, then the numbers would be even higher of those who will not vote for Obama...

Maggie said...

Hooda - since they were trying to decide why Obama isn't running away with the race, and since they already think it's because white people are racist, what did you expect their questions to be about?


Sadly, it's not the color of his skin, it's his positions, policies and experience (or lack thereof, depending upon whom you ask).

And I would have loved if they'd asked more detailed questions about those rather than his looks.

Maggie said...

Chuck - as a Nashville, TN, lass, I agree with you.

Maggie said...

Lisa - that's the unknown...and I think in this race, it's bigger than usual...

Timothy W Higgins said...

The liberal intelligentsia either simply does not understand or just does not like that elections are not decided by them. They object to the fact that they are decided instead by middle class independent voters (mostly white). Those voters choose the candidate who most exemplifies their own common sense values and principles.

Desperate to explain why their "enlightened views" are not heeded, such groups commission skewed polling questions to elicit the answer that they are looking for. Of course this means that those middle class deciders (again, mostly white) must be racist or sexist, or simply ignorant.

I thank God for such ignorance, as it continues to protect us from these closet socialists masquerading as progressive thinkers.

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