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Monday, October 4, 2010

New Gallup Obama Poll Shows Racism in America

Today Gallup released its latest version of President Obama's approval ratings. 45% of Americans approve of the job the President is doing. That is slightly higher than is approval last month which was at 44%. The President has not had a month over 50% since last November. But that is not the important part of the story

These are troubling signs for the Democratic Party as presidents below 50% approval at the time of midterm elections typically see their party lose a substantial number of seats. Richard Nixon is the only president whose rating improved significantly (from 51% to 58%) in the final weeks leading up to his first midterm election. If Obama's approval rating does not improve in the coming weeks, his support will be similar to that of Ronald Reagan (42% in 1982) and Bill Clinton (45% in 1994), both of whose parties suffered substantial congressional losses in the midterm election.
But that is not the real story either.  Look down at this list of demographic groups

Obama's approval amongst whites (36%) and  Hispanics (55%) are relatively low, but these groups do show a diversity of opinion, but amongst African Americans, Obama's approval rating is a monolithic 91%

In a recent interview with the German Magazine Der Spiegel Congressman John Lewis suggested that Obama's approval ratings are low because of the color of his skin.
In some quarters, it's true, people cannot get used to the idea that a person of color is president of the United States. People cannot get comfortable with the idea that so many people are coming from different parts of the world to America. In just a short time, America will be a minority majority, and that feeds some of the frustration.
Allow me to suggest that a look of the President's approval numbers may suggest the opposite, African Americans are 65% more likely to approve of President Obama than Hispanic Americans, twice as likely to support Obama than the general population and 2.6 times more likely to approve of the POTUS than Non-Hispanic Whites.  That suggests that if there is Racism in Obama's approval numbers, it is coming from the African-Americans who support him, rather than the Caucasians who do not.


Bloviating Zeppelin said...


Those persons who wore their Race Goggles when all they needed to know, in the election booth, was that the man and the media said he was black.


jimbo1111 said...

I've heard this idea parroted over and over ever since before Obama was elected, and it's just hogwash. You cite historical numbers in your article, did you even bother to look at historical numbers for black voting? Blacks *always* support Democrats 90-10, consistently, in every election since the Civil Rights Act. Any guess why that might be?

If black people's support for Obama is the same as it has been for other Democratic presidents, then they are distinctly *not* racist in this instance. Sorry to burst your bubble, but please stop trying to justify the racism of others with your smokescreens.