May 20th, 2008
11:14 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: College educated, non-religious voters carry Obama

(CNN) - CNN just predicted Obama will win the Oregon primary. How did the Illinois senator win there so easily?

Obama won overwhelming support from Oregon voters who attended college. Nearly 60 percent of that demographic went for Obama there and those voters made up nearly 80 percent of the demographic.

Obama also won big in another category: among those voters who say they do not have a religion, or have another religion outside of Catholicism, Protestantism, and Judaism.

Nearly 30 percent of Oregon Democrats said they were not religious and those voters went for Obama by 21 percentage points, 60 percent to 39 percent. And among those voters who listed "other" as their religion, a group that made up 10 percent of the vote, Obama won by 42 points, 70 percent to 28 percent.

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  1. CK

    Can we have a law that says only educated voters should vote. seriously we need this!

    May 21, 2008 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  2. Barbara

    I always find it ridiculous when the media tries to pigeon hole voters: blue collar voters vote for Hillary, women over 60 vote for Clinton, and now the religious claim. If this were indeed true, how could Obama be winning at all? I happen to know several blue collar workers who are huge Obama supporters. (Some might even have a latte and others a beer). i happen to be a 62 year old woman Catholic voter, who has been a supporter of Obama since I heard him give his first speech announcing he was running for president. (and I do not even watch Oprah, nor do I care to). I think that with all the political pundits filling air time for 15 months, they just have to talk about something. How about news... or let us just listen to the candidates and make up our own minds?

    May 21, 2008 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  3. Kimberly

    Bill, in another article it states that white voters propel Clinton to victory in Kentucky? Why do you have a problem stating the white people propeled Obama to a victory in Oregon?!!! You are doing nothing more, but adding to the wedge of disivness amongs democrats – blacks and women!! Do you plan on voting for McCain?!!!

    You are a very narrow journalist in your columns. How embarrasing for you – and for that matter, those who like to see this kind of split. This race should not be about race – it was not at the beginning! It should be about the issues at hand and what is at stake!! You are horrible!!

    May 21, 2008 01:25 am at 1:25 am |
  4. Latifah Taormina

    While I don't live in Oregon, I am white, female, in my 70s, college educated (but not well paid) and firmly believe in God — and I am a staunch Obama supporter. (And I caucused for him here in Austin, Texas.)

    Which is just to say that generalities about the kinds of people who go for Hillary and the kinds of people who go for Obama can be really off the mark when you start talking to real people.


    May 21, 2008 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  5. Dave in Oregon

    Yes, Oregon voters are educated and don't believe in fairy tales... And, we're proud of it too!

    It's not just in Oregon... People with higher levels of education are consistently voting for Obama across the nation. It's the uneducated fools who fall for Clinton and McCain's worn out rhetoric.

    The people of Oregon know better and we've had enough. It's time for real change in Washington!

    Obama in 2008 and 2012

    May 21, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |

    Oregon = always was a worthless town full of pot heads. The lawyers, teachers, police,students, doctors and nurses. I lived there...I know. They are very liberal because they always snort. Obama snorts too that's why he's so popular. What a bunch of rot. They deserve each other.

    May 21, 2008 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  7. raphael

    COLLEGE. . .ok. . .COOL EDGE. there's some wisdom it brings, some objectivity, bias-less.

    In making complex decisions like picking someone with leadership qualities, yu can trust those who have aquired the COOL EDGE. . .oops

    May 21, 2008 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  8. Venus


    How about the percentage of white voters for Obama in Oregon?

    May 21, 2008 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  9. Trenton Sims, Los Angeles

    Sounds Logical..

    May 21, 2008 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  10. oseki evans


    May 21, 2008 02:35 am at 2:35 am |
  11. Barb in Tn

    If you look at all the exit polls you will find that the majority of people who have no religion vote for Obama. These are the people that say Rev. Wright makes no difference to them. Boy that's a surprise!
    So if you don't believe in God you are more likely to vote for Obama. Maybe he fills a void in these peoples lives. Worshiping false idols.
    Maybe if they went to church they would see what Obama really is, nothing more than a good preacher.

    May 21, 2008 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  12. John Smith

    It looks like the DEMS really know HOW to lose. It could be that it is the party with the most uneducated and vulnerable folks in this world.

    Let the Dems give Hillary to the Republicans. Indeed, the Republicans are really eager for a "fighter" not a uniter. The Republicans will have no problem opening up their "war chest" against the Clintons. They will start where the Clintons left off– the White House items that were stolen and end up with "Bosnia fire." Yeah, let Hillary be the nominee for our women in this nation; blacks should work harder, they are not yet ready!

    May 21, 2008 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  13. Sandy

    Just goes to show, a college education isn't everything. Even educated people sometimes make the mistake of basing their decisions on emotion rather than intellect.

    In the little time it would actually take to compare the candidates' views (in their own words, on their own websites) for a little thing I like to call substance, anyone with even minimal analytical skills would see that the superior candidate is clear.

    This is no time to let our emotions get the better of us. Wave a flag and dream of utopia later. This country has serious problems, and we need the most capable person we can get to lead us out of them. That person is Hillary Clinton.

    May 21, 2008 03:26 am at 3:26 am |
  14. Cinque from Texas

    The dirty little secret about why white liberals really like Obama.
    We have arrived at the crux of the matter. So much of the educated white people’s love for Barack depends on educated white people’s complete ignorance of and distance from the rest of us. Barack is the black person they want the rest of us to be–half-white and loving, or “racially transcendent,” as the press loves to call him. And, since picking a candidate makes you allies with his other supporters, why would I want to be allies with educated whites whose glorification of Barack depends in large part on their implicit denigration of the rest of us?
    And there it is. All of the liberal white guilt that has driven all of the liberal social policies for decades has this underlying premise: “We can help these dirty wretches out of their undignified social position with money and they will become perfect, clean, well spoken Americans like us.”
    Like Barack Obama.

    May 21, 2008 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
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