November 4th, 2008
09:31 PM ET
9 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. FLORIDA for Obama

    Race had NOTHING to do with mine or my husbands votes.

    We voted based on intellegence and the ability to reach not only across the isle to Republicans but across Oceans to reach out to other countries.

    The United States of America NEEDS a presedent that has the knowledge to bring this country back in good standing with the rest of the world and an economic background to bring our economy out of the toilet.

    I still pray Obama wins.

    November 4, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  2. Chris

    I love all you people who think Obama is a man of character. This is a man who rose & excelled in Chicago politics. That should spell it out.

    He just sells his B.S. better than most.

    November 4, 2008 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  3. Chris

    Yes race did play a role but not that much, with president Bush not popular it helped OBAMA.

    November 4, 2008 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. Nelson

    Bush in 2012... We'll need to save the country from Socialism

    November 4, 2008 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  5. Stephanie

    I can't believe people. Times have changed. Black, white, brown, whatever the race. Isnt that what America is all about, Freedom!!! I voted for Obama and has nothing to do with race. I personally think he is the best man for the job. People need to learn to respect.

    November 4, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. BobC

    Just saw (Ugly) Betty's nasty off-the-wall comments. Talk about a sore loser and not a nice person! Don't blame Liberals - blame Bush and Congress. "Liberals" didn't vote for Obama alone. I know several Independents (like me) and about 6 or 7 Republicans in California, Ohio and NY who were so fed up with the Worst president in American history, they could not in good faith vote for someone who could vote 90% of the time with Bush. Give Obama some time (the country is so screwed up thanks to W) - and then cast your stones, Betty.

    November 4, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. James


    You're STUPID

    November 4, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  8. Chris

    Jersey guy... Sadly I can't argue that point. In fact I agree with it. You know if they had given each american a piece of that buyout money... rather than throw it in a hole... each American would have gotten over 25,000 dollars! Imagine what that would have done to the economy. Unfortunately there are parts that are flawed and thats just life. But Obama wants to give free health care. Who pays for it? We all do. Take from the rich and give to the poor only works as long as the rich allow it or stick around to be taxed. Then we are stuck with a country full of people without jobs, without money, and without hope. Then what?

    November 4, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  9. Mike in NYC

    @Typical White Person:

    You made some good points, but BO won on the basis of the white vote. White people routinely act against their own interests. Tonight is no exception.

    Actually, McCain wouldn't have been good for whites, either. It's actually a privilege to be a non-white in this country - you get to palm off as much blame as you want on whites. Repubs have never stood up against this to any significant degree. Hopefully they'll learn the correct lessons.

    Interesting times ahead, complete with heavy-duty "racism" and hate speech laws. Buckle your seat belts!

    November 4, 2008 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Mikey

    Sorry day for the country if this continues.
    People so cowed into white guilt that they would vote for this cipher.
    Somewhat happy in FL... Palin at least RAN something and had a real job.
    here in Washington state, the most asked question of the Clark Co Elections office is "where is Jeff Merkely on our ballot?".. the answer is that he is running in OREGON, you idiot.
    Typical of the dimmocrat voter.

    Maybe the Berg lawsuit can see the light of day before 1/20

    November 4, 2008 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. Betty


    November 4, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Nelson

    Obama lied about campaign financing. He said he'd abide by it and when everyone agreed he then opted out. He took in $640M compared to McCain's $84M spending limit. In 2012 no one will abide by the campaign financing rules and they'll spend over a $ 1 B to combined to win the presidency. Big Money just got a lot more important, not the average citizen.

    November 4, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  13. Lewis

    $700 billion bailout- voted for by both McCain and justified argument people

    Caused by Liberal Socialist ideas that forced lending to people that they knew couldn't repay....socialism

    the libs gave away your money, stop denying it

    November 4, 2008 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  14. Fred Garvin, MP

    Although Obama may be the better choice, anyone that believes race did not play a part in this election probably believes that Jesse Jackson is also looking out for the good of the black people and not attempting to line his own pockets. Give me a break! Howard Stern's bit is the best!

    November 4, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  15. so much for ...

    ... judging a man by the content of his character. The color of his skin will do just fine, thank you. ... America just got set back 40 years!

    November 4, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  16. Election is fixed

    and what do you think Obama will do when it comes to his cabinet??? I think the new secretary of defense will be odinga, he's experienced in bloodbaths as well. It's a pity that our education system has failed so many of you to the point of gullability. For all I know Obama still has yet to prove he's a U.S. Citizen and there are still two lawsuits pending...filed by democratic lawyers about his citizenship...

    Just remember Lennon and Stalin and how they took over the USSR...that way when it happens here you can say de ja vu.....

    November 4, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  17. Obsidian74

    Of course those who are voting for Obama because of his race are more likely to ADMIT that than the people who voting against them because of his race and will deny that they are doing this poll is really meaningless. Racists will never admit they are being racist.

    November 4, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. James

    To Betty, Jim, and all of the others decrying Obama's "Liberal" agenda...

    Read the DEFINITION:

    1. favorable to progress or reform, as in political or religious affairs.
    2. (often initial capital letter) noting or pertaining to a political party advocating measures of progressive political reform.
    3. of, pertaining to, based on, or advocating liberalism.
    4. favorable to or in accord with concepts of maximum individual freedom possible, esp. as guaranteed by law and secured by governmental protection of civil liberties.
    5. favoring or permitting freedom of action, esp. with respect to matters of personal belief or expression: a liberal policy toward dissident artists and writers.
    6. of or pertaining to representational forms of government rather than aristocracies and monarchies.
    7. free from prejudice or bigotry; tolerant: a liberal attitude toward foreigners.
    8. open-minded or tolerant, esp. free of or not bound by traditional or conventional ideas, values, etc.
    9. characterized by generosity and willingness to give in large amounts: a liberal donor.
    10. given freely or abundantly; generous: a liberal donation.
    11. not strict or rigorous; free; not literal: a liberal interpretation of a rule.
    12. of, pertaining to, or based on the liberal arts.
    13. of, pertaining to, or befitting a freeman.


    November 4, 2008 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  19. "Mike" Obama Supporter

    Let's just keep things real. @ one point i thought bush was ok! I didn't vote for him. I was all right with him as president. The repulicans have made a mess of all areas. This republican party Has produced the worst presidency in our history... Obama is the well rounded bright person we need to lead us in a new direction...... glad he will be our next president.

    November 4, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  20. Rich from Pholly

    I take a contrary view. Obama running well behind white senatorial and gubernatorial candidates in many states suchs MO, VA, WV, etc. Seems like race a negative–sad but true

    November 4, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  21. A'rone

    You people definitely need to look up the definition of socialism. Not a single one of you has even come close to what it really is. Socialism is the collective ownership of every single business in a country, not just the banks. That would mean every business would have to give up control as well as all small business/Sole proprietorship would collapse as well.

    Honestly, I don't see how this isn't skewed either. How many people do you think voted AGAINST Obama just on the basis that he was black? Saying people voted for him because he is black makes it sound racist but doesn't voting against him mean the same thing?

    Why can't we look at the real issues. The person's character, their ideas and dreams for our country. This is why I believe Democracy is a failure, much like Plato said, people just aren't intelligent enough or well informed enough to make such an important decision...

    You people are pretty much a beautiful textbook example of this. Thank you.

    November 4, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. anonymous

    Blacks voted for Obama because of his race. Whites voted intellegently, that is why votes of whites for McCain are split. That is why Obama is leading.

    November 4, 2008 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  23. Dan Bushey

    IF- Oboma is elected as President, his incompentcy and inexperience will be displayed. this country will NOT, endure more of screwing-up this country. The people will not put-up with another idoit for President. Oboma has perhaps 1 year to show the citizens that he will produce results. If can't, then the people shall DEMAND he be inpeached. Mark my words. Thank you, Dan Bushey
    1139 Brightwell Drive
    Holiday, Fl. 34690

    November 4, 2008 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  24. Tom Eyemdaman

    Gee, are you surprised? Well over 90% of the black vote goes to Obama, and there's a question as to whether race helped him? Give me a break.

    November 4, 2008 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  25. Max Habib

    I hope that 98% black voter support for Obama will finally expose the black racism in this country. All the years we have been led to believe that the face of racism is white. Yes Mr. Jackson and Mr. Sharpton, the black racists are now out of the closet.

    November 4, 2008 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
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