November 4th, 2008
09:31 PM ET
6 years ago

Schneider: Race played a role

Obama's race boosted his results.
Obama's race boosted his results.

(CNN) - So, did race play a role? Yes, but it worked in Obama's favor.

About 20 percent of voters said race was important in how they voted, and those people voted for Obama by an 11-point margin, 55 percent to 44 percent. That means more people voted for Obama because of his race than against him. So much for the "Bradley effect."

And of the 80 percent of voters who said race was not a factor in their decision voted nearly the same way, breaking for Obama 53 percent to 45 percent. That means race played a role, but it was not a decisive factor.

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  1. Karen M

    America has grown up today. Yay!

    November 4, 2008 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Craig Nazor

    Socialism is bailing out the banks – that's George W. Bush and the Republicans. Obama is for a stronger America.

    November 4, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. Mike in NYC

    So much for "institutionalized racism." The end of the Era of Excuses is at hand! Maybe something good will actually come out of a BO victory.

    November 4, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. mary

    only the beginning of the end of the world look it up in the bible!

    November 4, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. Nelson

    to Jim Walsh: Apparently for Blacks he was judged on the color of his skin....

    November 4, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  6. Orville Turnington

    I thought I'd never live to see the day when a negro became commander in chief of this great country. A sad, sad day indeed.

    November 4, 2008 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  7. Betty

    How raciest, black people voted for Obama just because he is black. So Obama will win just because he is black. What a great democracy we have. What a joke!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  8. Yomama

    One party controlling all branches of Gov. What a great idea!

    November 4, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  9. Stacey

    Are we really still running this story line? How about we realize that this country is more united than we've recognized and give a little credit to the man who ran a campaign that united rather than divided. Obama '08

    November 4, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  10. Sheryl

    I believe that his Grandmother did know that he would be the next President of the United States. That is why she decided to let go, as she had fulfilled her role and can rest in peace.

    November 4, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  11. tonya

    Frankly I am sick and tired of hearing that black people only voted for Obama because of race. The BIGGEST thing is that many voted against him because of race. When black people were voting for white candidates they were making a "well thought out decision" but when blacks vote for someone black it is just because of that....race. Get a grip all of you who think that white people are the only ones that can make a educated vote and shame on you for thinking that somehow white people are the only ones somehow ordained to be in power.

    November 4, 2008 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  12. Boudewijn Piscaer

    People seem to be more clever then the language used especially in the US is.
    They voted for the color of the soul, not the skin. Why do we call someone who is 75 % white and 25 % black still black? Obama is not black, not white, just an American with a better skin color then I have . Time to grow up is now and shed the pains of the past. We are stopping polarization into black-white in practice, not in language yet. But this moment is as historical as the fall of the Berlin wall.

    November 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  13. Lewis

    the fact that race played a role in this election, even a small part, proves that this country is not ready for a minority president. The blind allegiance of anyone is dangerous in any situation. Congratulations to Obama for being in the position he is, but I can only hope that people begin to take an invested interest into the issues rather than superficial characteristics.

    thanks CNN for not accepting my last post, that makes sense?

    November 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  14. John

    By everything I can see on CNN, blacks went over 90% for Obama. Over 90%??? So where does racism in this country truly lie? Is voting for Obama because of his race really any different than voting against him for the same reason?

    Ironically, on the same day America elects our first black president the image of the black community has been severely damaged.

    Amazing, and a shame.

    November 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  15. Sharon in Falls Church, VA

    It's inevitable in American politics that the question of race will some how come up if the candidates are anything other than caucasian. Did race play a factor? I believe it did indeed and I don't think it worked in his favor. If he were a white male and had the same qualities, the race would be over already. He would have won in a landslide. Minorities don't have a problem voting for someone who doesn't look like them; they've been doing it forever. It is encouraging that Americans are becoming more color blind and that I believe it what got him as far as he came in this race. People vote for candidates based on varying factors, but there was not emphasis on any of those. Why does race have to be the issue? Heaven knows many other factors worked against him.

    November 4, 2008 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  16. carl

    obama is going to win but blacks let's stick togegther and clean up the crime in our neigborhoods. good job to mcain and obama change is coming period.

    November 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  17. Corey Wolak

    What a sad day for America. This is the first time I have been ashamed to be an american.

    November 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  18. jim

    There goes the neighborhood.

    November 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  19. brit hemi

    Go Obama black or white it's time 4 a change!

    November 4, 2008 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  20. GOP for Obama

    God Bless America!

    November 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  21. Jersey Guy

    Hey Chris –

    If Obama is a Socialist, what do you call the One Trillion Dollars signed over to the Wall Street Banks. They gamble away our money, and the they want taxpayers to pay for the losses.

    Pick up a book on Socialism, Chris. You'll find that it is nationalizing the means of production (the wall street banks), and it just happened under a Republican administration. The sleight of hand won't work any more dude. Ask Warren Buffett if he's a Socialist....

    November 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  22. Reason

    The fact remains, it really doesn't matter who gets elected: the ball is already rolling on our Second Civil War. It's like painting a house on fire. We should have seen this coming. End of story. We deserve whatever happens.

    November 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  23. Chantelle Wimbley

    I don,t feel race played an important role. Obama is the President for the white, blue, green, black, and purple people. Let's stop using the color of our skin as an excuse for this man becoming our next President. It is time for change and it is time for every man and woman who is worthy of becoming the President of The United States gets that chance. Right now Barack Obama is the chosen person for this role. We are living in our last days so lets pray and make the best of everything that we are allowed.

    November 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  24. Betty


    November 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. bubbadru

    Seven-hundred billion dollar bail-out of large corporations = SOCIALISM
    OBAMA '08!!

    November 4, 2008 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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