The Washington Post reports that middle class and struggling Whites are the group least likely to support Obama’s re-election, whereas people of all economic backgrounds who are non-white support the President’s reelection by large margins.
What does any of that mean? Are we tied to our “sameness”, even in matters of politics?
The Washington Post explains this aspect of a Washington Post-ABC News poll,
The results underscore a continuing challenge for Obama and the Democratic Party with white voters, and particularly those without college degrees — who,according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are significantly more likely to be unemployed than those with higher education.
Is this an issue of race, an issue of the standard thinking that Democrats are bad with fiscal policy, or does the discrepancy link back to the fact that in the time Obama’s been in office, people haven’t seen the economic recovery they were hoping for? It seems the latter may be a part of it, according to the poll:
<blockquote>As for the new federal regulations for banks and other financial institutions put in place during the current administration, few voters — about one in four — say they have struck the right balance. About 25 percent of all voters say the regulations “go too far,” while 39 percent say “not far enough.” Most Democrats say the new rules are not sufficiently tough; among Republicans, twice as many say they are unnecessarily restrictive compared with those saying they are too lenient. Independents tilt in the “not far enough” direction.</blockquote>
What do you think? How much does race play a role in how you determine the best candidate for President?
Do you think “sameness” is a big factor for people, even if it is subconscious?
Has President Obama done enough to help the economic recovery?
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