Monday, October 4, 2010

Gallup: Only blacks still believe in Obama?

Gallup’s latest poll out today shows that among blacks Obama has a high approval rating:
LA Times: The good news for President Obama is his popular support among blacks is holding steady at 91%.
The bad news is no other group of potential voters likes him that much.[...]
Democrats (79%) and liberals (75%) still like Obama a lot.
But after that, his approval percentage goes to the deep south. Support among even young people is down: 57%. Hispanics: 55%. Moderates: 54%. Unmarrieds: 53%. Easterners: 52%. Women: 47%. Midwesterners and Westerners: 45%.
Men: 43%. Southerners: 41%. Independents: 40%. Marrieds: 39%. Seniors: 38%. Whites: 36%. Conservatives: 23%.
Does this mean that blacks are still susceptible to the Hope and Change Kool Aid?  I don’t think so.  Blacks are not falling for the Kool Aid any more than whites or other minorities.  Whenever I discuss politics with other blacks, they complain about the exact same things everyone else does (jobs, Washington’s spending spree, the economy, etc).

What I think is going on with these numbers is racial pride or racial solidarity. Many blacks voted for Obama simply because he was black. So many blacks I know who voted for Obama could not tell you anything substantial about the policies Obama was pushing. Instead they often gave assertions about “it was time for a change”. Because so many of their votes were based on racial pride and solidarity, they do not want to Obama fail. They will stick with Obama no matter how bad his policies are for the nation or the black community itself.

I feel a little sorry for these brothers and sisters.  They allowed themselves to get swept up in the dream of electing the first black president. Throughout all the excitement, they neglected to make sure Obama was truly the right man for the job.


madmath1 said...

They voted for him only because he was black. Now they only support him because he's black. So how can these 91% justify their support other than down and out racism?

OBIT2010 said...

They (the black community) also support him because he is a Democrat. When will our community quit drinking the Kool-aid?

bd said...

nicely articulated

solidarity/pride is not racism - but who cares anyway - racism or not does not change "the facts"

also, remember the utterly abominable choice facing the nation in 2008: a certain marxist who consistently pretended otherwise vs a "socialist light" who would have certainly allowed for tainting conservative ideologies while enabling a slower but still certain slide into a utopian tyranny

Janelle said...

Racial solidarity is really getting on my nerves. I can't change the past. And I can't even emphasize with any particular minority. I'm tired of all of them. I can find a hundred perfectly valid reasons to either like or dislike any individual if I take the time to know them.

Gorges Smythe said...

If it's true that Obama is only six percent black (and 44% arab and 50% white), then supporting him for his blackness means that most blacks are using the equivalent of the "one drop rule." How's that for a reversal of roles?

Phelps said...

Obit2010, are "racial solidarity" and "racial pride" code words for racism when a skinhead uses them?

Anonymous said...

I also feel sorry for these hapless Kool-Aid drinkers. I consider myself among the 9% of Blacks who not only didn't vote for this economic imbecile, but cannot stand his horrible policies which are only tearing at the fabric of this great nation.

crypticchika said...

I HATE stories like this...

It can not be true, I'm black, and it's official, I now know no one that supports Obama..I had a HUGE falling out with my family over this election (I too, am one of the few blacks who didnt vote for him) and finially my entore family see's the light..

I think these are one of those headlines, that is a lie, and only serves the purpose of further dividing great Americans..They're trying to divide us everyway they can left, right, liberal, conservative, jewish, christain..

The only reason I can see for this division is to make us weak

Phelps said...

crypticchika, there's always the issue of what people tell each other, and what people tell an anonymous pollster who calls them on the telephone.

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