Poll Finds Obama Candidacy Isn’t Closing Divide on Race
Now, let's actually look at the numbers...
According to their polls, 31% of white people have a favorable opinion of Barack Obama.
...but only 35% of white people have a favorable opinion of John McCain.
Overall, 62% of whites either have a favorable impression of Barack Obama or don't know enough.
...and only 70% of white people feel that way about McCain.
I don't know about you, but these numbers don't really show me a big divide on race. So, basically, 37% of white people don't like Obama, while 28% of white people don't like McCain. Hmm... I wouldn't exactly call that a huge racial bias against Obama--9% Really? Big whoop.
There is a big racial divide in this election, though... but its not what you think.
57% of blacks don't have a favorable impression of John McCain. In fact, only 5% do, and the rest are undecided. So, blacks dislike John McCain by almost a 2:1 margin over whites not liking McCain. Over six times as many, by percentage, whites like Obama as blacks like McCain.
So who's really the racially divisive one? Seems to me it's John McCain.