February 9th, 2008
08:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Exit polls: Katrina victims more likely to back Obama

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(CNN) - The more likely a Louisiana Democratic presidential primary voter was to have been affected by Hurricane Katrina, the more likely they were to support Democrat Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton.

Among the 15 percent of voters who had been affected by the storm and said they had yet to recover, Obama had a 58 to 39 percent edge over Clinton. The 28 percent of voters who had been affected, but had since recovered, supported Obama by a slightly smaller margin, 54 to 43 percent. And the 55 percent who had not been affected at all by Hurricane Katrina supported Obama by the narrowest margin, 51 to 48 percent.

–CNN Associate Political Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand

Filed under: Exit Polls • Louisiana
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. jojo

    Go Obama!! He won my state Washington today too!!! I caucused for him today and I will tell you there is so much excitement and enthusiasm for this wonderful candidate. We had great discussions about policy existence and differences and most undecideds went for Obama. All Obama supporters should also send him a donation in honor of his great victories today!!

    February 9, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Ali

    rumble young man rumble.

    February 9, 2008 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    I wish the press would STOP trying to create racial tension amongst Blacks and latinos in order to get viewers. You will recall initial battles between Irish and Italians during early immigrations. This is similar. You do not understand the public, case in point all yor initial projections were wrong. You said Bhottto's death would affect voters, who would win after Iowa, etc. Lations are not as stupid as you protray. they are intelligent enough to vote on issues like all the rest of Americans. It happens they view Clinton as being more in tune, not becaseu she is white or as many of your hosts have stated, Latinos will not vote for a black person.

    Plese stop trying to divide this country. Tobin corrrected you all on this issue during tonight's show

    February 9, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  4. Marguerita Page

    Sen. Obama is a wonderful speaker and his running for president shows on one level that America is trying to evolve both spiritually and socially.
    However, by looking at his face you can tell that he was not raised in the 60's. We who were know how it feels to be hopeful, to think that America collectively is trying to live up to what it says it should be in the Preamble to the Constitution and then to see all those hopeful and brilliant lights get wiped out by the darkness of the ignorance that hatred breeds. Sometimes we get the "cart before the horse" in our excitement to see America live up to its glorious potential. We must remember that we can't put our garbage from yesterday under the rug and expect it not to stink. As a country we need to be able to recognize when the Constitution is no longer a viable covenant between the government and the people of this country. We need to demand the correction of some of the mistakes from our past so that we can get on the road to recovering from the affects of years of the abuse that we have allowed ourselves to take.
    I t would be wise for Mr. Obama to be attentive to the reality of the varied states of the American social intelligence and more exciting to see Mr.Obama "watch his back." Being a child of the 60's it would be a comfort to me to see Mr. Obama be smart enough and alert enough to know what factions he may be up against in this country. If the whole "We the People" concept is going to survive we have got to stop being so naive about what is going on in America and its okay, we are growing but we must be watchful and careful. It is wonderful that we are trying but not wise of us who are trying not to acknowledge that America still has a ways to go in developing the spiritual and social skills that it will take to overcome the damage caused by the past. Protect yourself Barack, don't be strolling around scrolling through your emails like you don't know where you are. So go for it Barack, but don't forget to respect the lessons that the 60's taught us the hard way.

    February 9, 2008 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  5. Enough is Enough

    I just saw a photo of New Orleans, LA on CNN. There are still tarps on people's rooftops!!!!! This is 2008!!!! We are still funding the war in IRAQ, but people in Louisiana are still suffering? What is wrong with this country?

    Please get Bush and Reeps. the hell out of Washington!!!!

    February 9, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  6. Healthcare

    90% blacks support Obama

    In 2005, Bill Clinton worked tirelessly for a private fund-raising campaign
    for victims of Katrina relieve (mostly blacks), now see what those Blcak
    people are repaying him and his wife.

    February 9, 2008 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. Concerned Mother

    If he wins, I'm voting for McCain come Nov! You people are so ignorant, Obama can talk but Mrs. Clinton has proven herself over and over again. And the other thing is that he is now talking policy which he wouldn't earlier in the debates, is a spinoff's of Clinton's! What a joke!

    February 10, 2008 03:08 am at 3:08 am |
  8. Karen O'Connor

    As a registered voter in the State of Louisiana.Lafayette,La. I have been voting in the same polling facility for 7 years. Today, much to my dismay, and with no notice many of my fellow voters as well as myself could not locate the new location in which to vote. There was no notice by mail, local news or the local newspaper.

    As a result several voters , young and old were denied the opportunity to cast our vote and therefore feel defeated and cheated out of our right to vote. Thanks so much to the neglience of our local officals to notify these citizens.

    GO FIGURE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 10, 2008 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  9. rusty

    The greatest victory for Obama last night? He won the 9th ward, by a huge margin. Those poor people already had their "reality check" when Katrina swept over them. God Bless them, they chose Hope. Wake up America.

    February 10, 2008 03:16 am at 3:16 am |
  10. mary

    something just occured to me John Kerry also voted for the
    war and he is buddy with Obama. I guess Obama dose not care who supports him. So he keeps on saying Hillary voted for the war what about Kerry.
    some one should ask him why he took the endorsement from Kerry knowing
    he voted for the war to.

    February 10, 2008 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  11. master


    I found Austan Goolsbee economic advisor for the Barak Obama campaign 2008 was apart of the secret Skull and Bones society, known for the uprising of many powerful constituents in the U.S. Also others as well as George H. Bush, John Kerry and George W. Bush to be apart of the same society, "The Brothers of Death" Do we as honest- hard working Americans hold this aside and look the other way? Are we going to throw all are freedoms to a campaign that in my mind could be the end of America? Im a 27 yr.old in a nation ran by an older generation, I have a dream that we will "all" have the same freedoms and to find satisfaction in our lives and to the next president I hope they have the experience and know what to do.

    February 10, 2008 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  12. Terry

    If the exit polls were correct the final numbers would have been about 54%-44%. Yet the final numbers were 57-36. Once again the polls don't reflect what's happening.

    Now the media will draw more invalid conclusions as to cause and effect. Bottom line is that Obama had an outstanding night across the country. People can try ans dismiss the trend but the bookies are the only ones predicting the election without bias. After Saturday the Senator from Illinois was a 3-2 favorite.

    February 10, 2008 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
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