May 3rd, 2008
03:03 PM ET
6 years ago

Analysis: The Wright effect on presidential race

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
The Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Politics is a business of numbers, and the numbers favor Sen. Barack Obama. But they are changing in ways that give Sen. Hillary Clinton some hope, and have dramatically changed how Republicans look at the presidential election.

In a world of so many polls and findings within those polls, a few stand out:

  • Six in 10 Americans have an unfavorable opinion of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's former pastor, according to the latest CNN Opinion Research Corp. survey.
  • Nearly four in 10 Americans (38 percent) have an unfavorable opinion of Obama in the latest CNN polling - up 10 percentage points from the beginning of the year.
  • Half of Americans think a John McCain presidency would bring different policies than the Bush administration.

And in a new Pew Research Center national survey, Clinton's lead among whites who didn't attend college has increased to 40 percentage points from 10 in March.

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Sarah

    That right CNN, keep that Wright story in the news, just in time for Obama's win in Guam. So pro-Clinton, so obvious. OBAMA 08'

    May 3, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. Mike

    Here CNN goes again with their RACIST FEAR MONGERING TACTICS. CNN stays up to the minute on if Rev Wright drops a piece of lint off his suit, but they cannot stay up on Clinton saying that she would have the WTO step in on gas prices which is impossible because the WTO has no oversight over this industry. Moreover, CNN cannot seem to stay up to the minute that as of about an hour ago, Obama won Guam. CNN is no better than FOX!!!!!

    May 3, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. WHATTHEPEOPLEWANT

    That you CNN for showing the true so called unbiased face of the media. If I didn't see it before I see it now. And what is with that headline 7 votes???? Obama won by 7%. Get your facts straight. Now we know why we aren't hearing about Peter Paul, or the white ni**ger comment directed at Indiana, or any of the other news that would inform the public of the type of truly unelectable candidate that Hillary truly is. This sort of bias reporting needs to be changed. The American people deserve the truth and not your unbiased sort of reporting. Rev. Wright is not running for President. Obama is and no matter how you attempt to tarnish his reputation the people will see through your nonsense.

    May 3, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  4. wed

    CNN, we demand that you change that Headline. 7% not 7 votes in your headline of Obama winning Guam.

    CNN, we demand that you change that Headline. 7% not 7 votes

    May 3, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. Kenneth Phillipps

    Your network and MSNBC and Fox are spending way too much time on coverage of Jeremiah Wright while ignoring the real issues in the campaign. The amount of coverage on Wright just continues ad nauseum. Please tell your reporters that Guam is not close to Hawaii. It is 8 hours away from Hawaii by airplane.

    May 3, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |