September 22nd, 2008
02:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Race could play big role in election, poll suggests

A poll finds a small percentage of voters said they may turn away from Sen. Barack Obama because of his race.
A poll finds a small percentage of voters said they may turn away from Sen. Barack Obama because of his race.

(CNN) - A new study that surveyed racial attitudes suggests that racial prejudices could tip the balance in the coming presidential election.

If there were no racial prejudice among voters, Sen. Barack Obama would receive about 6 percentage points more support, according to an AP-Yahoo News poll, designed in partnership with Stanford University.

The results suggest that 40 percent of white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks, including more than a third of white Democrats and independents. A small percentage of voters - 2.5 percent of those surveyed - said they may turn away from Obama because of his race.

Though Obama is of mixed race - his mother was white, his father black - he is generally identified as black.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain • Polls
soundoff (544 Responses)
  1. Unmoved Democrat

    Yeah, right posted: "Obama stole the nomination due to reverse- racism." What is reverse-racism? There is no such thing. Racism is racism plain and simple, and you sir/ma'm are an idiot.

    September 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Skunk Meat Anyone?

    This is GREAT News for McGimmick and his skunk meat campaign where LIES COMES BEFORE COUNTRY!

    September 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Ken

    "Racist" Joeseph? I will not call you that; but I will call you a dunce. It seems your idea of getting "away from the 2 party dictatorship we currently are suffering from" is to denigrate Obama? Just who are you voting for then? More of the same failure we've experienced for the last 8 years? Or are you one of those repentant G. Bush voters living in Dumbf-kistan and searching for the next [R]ightwing neo-tard to lead you and this country to its destruction? The only "dictatotship" this country suffers from is a dictatorship of stupidity: from the [R]ight, and from the people who vote that way.

    September 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Praetorian, Fort Myers

    What a bunch of crap.
    I have a low opinion of any race(white, black, hispanic, martian, venusian)–who pretend to be gangstas, were their pants so the cracks of their butts are showing, identify with profanity, drugs, violence– and do not know how to speak or enunciate the language.

    September 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Andrew

    People are crazy. The Clintons used race against Obama, and when he objected they said he was playing the race card? How? Others say that age should be off-limits? Why? Just because it's illegal to discriminate according to age? It's not discrimination not to elect an old man who is slipping to a job that calls for 18-20 hour work days and a clear mind.

    September 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Policy not prejudice

    And most African americans are voting for who?

    September 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Really? I would have never guessed.

    September 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Mary

    WOW! I feel sorry for all the racists in the world. I know you will have to love everyone if you want to see Jesus. This will be a lot of people down falls. God is no respector of person he has no favorites and he can't dwell where there is no love. IT IS TIME FOR A CHANGE!

    September 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  9. Racism is bad, sexism is cool.

    Apparently not THAT big or Obama- with his lack of experience, lack of achievements, no track record or accomplishments- would NEVER be where he is today if he were NOT half black.

    His race has been what has unfairly advantaged him.

    Ask the women candidates what they have had to endure from the media and from the hateful misogynists.

    September 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  10. Rob

    I don't care if Obama is purple with pink polka dots, he's smart. Compared to McCain spending more than two decades to deregulate our financial institutions, and now claiming he'll regulate and fix the quagmire he helped create, there is no need to choose. The answer is obvious, Obama, the man with the thoughtful plan.

    September 22, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. ines

    When it gets down to it, we are ALL descendents of the same one race. The easy way to say that 'race' may play a role in the election.

    But the more truthful way to put it would be a 'fear of change' vote.

    Thing is – IF we do not change, our country is obviously on a plummenting decline. Our country will crash and burn – just like the stock market. We have to change to protect and grow each one of our lifestyles.

    September 22, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  12. Dr. W

    Racial misgivings? Why try to sanitize bigotry? Sure it's a part of America and it makes us inferior to many other socities. The good news is most of it is in red states that wouldn't vote for a Democrat anyway.

    September 22, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  13. Live and let live

    It's strange that the story about McCain trailing Obama in key states failed to mention the new poll that came out today, Sept. 22, that shows McCain has a 6 percent lead over Obama in Ohio, one of the most key states of all. Or maybe it isn't so strange. Compare with a stop watch how much time the television stations stories about Obaba last compared to those about McCain. Network news in particular. NPR – National Public Radio - "fairness" in coverage is a JOKE! We listen - my husband is devoted to NPR so it's on a good bit of the time. So much of the media coverage of this campaign is far from evenhanded. If you question this, check it out yourself with your watch.

    September 22, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  14. Mikey

    Florida Hockey Mom September 22nd, 2008 2:18 pm ET
    Our boy Barack ....................................
    _____________________________________________
    Let's see, the article is about the impact of racism on the election and you call Senator Obama "Our boy Barack"??????? Were you trying to illustrate the point?

    Question regarding your point – who determines what investments are acceptable? If people are allowed to direct a portion of their SS funds into specific investments, what happens if they do suffer material losses near to retirement time? Do they have to live on even less than SS? Does America have the stomach to allow those people to live half starving on our streets? Would we end up supporting them anyway – increasing our costs? Would only more well off people be allowed to do this? Can't they do that anyway with their own savings, their 401k, 403b, IRA, etc.?

    September 22, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. alvino

    John (the Panamanian Prevaricator) McCain and Sarah (Ted Stevens Jr.) Palin need to offer more than just being white.

    September 22, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Beth

    White woman in Michigan who is proud to be ColorBlind!

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 22, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  17. Janine

    I don't remember any race-baiting.

    Yeah, right – please enlighten me.

    September 22, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  18. Abby

    Nobody said it would be easy.

    Obama 08!!!

    September 22, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  19. Roger

    I smell another race card in this ad. The poor black people are so mistreated. We should all give a black man a role of leadership because he is black. Then we would be sending out a message of hope and change. Economy is just an excuse to vote for a black man. His teleprompter isn't going to help our economy.

    It is sad that Hollywood chooses our leaders with all of the drugs, meaningless sex, and violence that Hollywood teaches our future leaders of America. Are Americans actually listening to what Lohan is telling them? How many times has Lohan been in rehab? Our country is ruined.

    September 22, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  20. S WA ST White Women

    It's sad to me. I grew up with racist parents. But I am an adult now and see how wrong it is. My Parents were republicians and only voted that way because of there religious values. I have scince showed my mother how wrong it is, though it is tough sometimes to change the way she is. I am proud to say she is voting Obama this fall !! People if you talk to one another you can make a difference. Even if it is only one person thats still change...

    September 22, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  21. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Haha McCain befifits from racism. Thats funny haha.

    September 22, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  22. Scott NYC Independent

    If Social Security were private and invested in the stock market as the republicans wanted it would have lost millions since Bush has been in office. Did everyone forget the crash the market had both times when Bush stole the elections. Now Americans would vote for McCain who will do the same as Bush to our image, economy and health care system if not worse. But, you will vote for him because of his skin. Those very same people that felt reverse discrimination was wrong will now discriminate again with an entire country at risk.

    September 22, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  23. Rob

    Of course it will. Because the left, the news media, all the Obama koolaid drinkers cannot accept the fact that their chosen one does not have any experience. He won't lose because enough people aren't fooled by his lies, deceptions, and extreme lack of knowledge, it will of course be because of his skin color.

    The Democrat Party...we go after every single hair-brained excuse for losing an election except for the truth (we can't do the job).

    September 22, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  24. wendy spice

    Democrats against Obama r the ones that r raciest if it was a white man there would be no problem 4 democrats to win this election period, if Obama loose this election i think all black people should take a good look @ the country they live in and stay away from voting.

    September 22, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  25. Not so much

    A woman- no matter what race she is- would never have gotten this far on so little merit.

    Obama was given every advantage, promoted in every possible way, protected and defended- all because the nation wants to make history with the first (half) black president.

    Let's be honest here. His race provides more of an advantage to Obama among many Americans than it provides a handicap.

    September 22, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
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