Black Mark on the Barack Brand

There was an interesting Pew survey released today about race and the Obama-Clinton race. It showed Obama still has a 10 percent lead over Clinton nationally, and six point lead over McCain. All of this is post Wright scandal.

But the internal numbers show that he may have a tough time winning over some of the Democrats currently supporting Senator Clinton.

…white Democrats who hold unfavorable views of Obama are much more likely than those who have favorable opinions of him to say that equal rights for minorities have been pushed too far; they also are more likely to disapprove of interracial dating, and are more concerned about the threat that immigrants may pose to American values. In addition, nearly a quarter of white Democrats (23%) who hold a negative view of Obama believe he is a Muslim.

Less educated and older white Democrats, who have not backed Obama in most primary elections, hold these values more commonly than do other Democrats.

More conservative beliefs about equal rights and race are not only related to negative opinions of Obama among Democrats, suggesting the potential for defections among Democratic voters, but also are associated with negative views of him in the electorate at large.”

Geraldine Ferraro? Are you out there?

– Loveland

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One thought on “Black Mark on the Barack Brand

  1. Not a surprise. We are hardly the land of brotherhood and togetherness. There is plenty of racism out there, in here. It’s a generational thing — my niece’s generation is less racist than mine, and mine less than my mother’s. Plenty of people are still afraid of what they don’t know, of what’s different. And there are way too many voters who don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground — those are the people who think Obama is a Muslim, or a space alien. (HIllary’s “Senator Obama is not a Muslim as far as I know” comment is a slimy pander to the Visigoth vote.)

    The New York Times Magazine a couple of Sunday’s ago showed that Obama does best with whites in the suburbs and the mostly white states (Dakota, Iowa) and less well in the big cities. Whites in cities who are around blacks more — although still largely segregated — are less supportive of a black candidate.

    We’ve got a long way to go before we are a colorblind society — a long way to go in justice, equal opportunity, in living side by side, and in our hearts.

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