June 3rd, 2008
06:42 PM ET
15 years ago

Schneider: Obama's blue-collar problem persists

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/06/03/sd.jpg caption=" A woman casts her ballot in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. "]
(CNN) - We've talked all season about Barack Obama's problem with those white working class voters, those blue collar voters. Is that problem persisting?

Yes, it is. South Dakota’s Democratic primary voters with no college degree voted as their peers in previous contests had: for Hillary Clinton over Obama, 60-40 percent. Meanwhile, well-educated, white collar voters continue to back the Illinois senator. Take a look at college graduates in the state: they voted for Obama, 53 to 47 percent.

The effort to win over these working-class voters is just beginning for Obama – and it looks like he has his work cut out for him.

soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. Arkansas Undertaker

    The only reason he has a problem with these white people is because the media keeps pounding that crap into peoples' heads.

    Most white people are racists anyway!

    June 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |

    PLEASE.... stop referring to it as "BLUE COLLAR"... (pssst..... ... WE ALL KNOW WHO YOU ARE REALLY REFERRING TO...!)

    June 3, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Stephanie Hussein Worchowski

    This 'Blue Collar' issue is a figment of the medias imagination!

    June 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Aliou FL



    June 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  5. NoHitwomanHillaryOnVpTicket

    Who cares.... 243 years or something like that (History of this Country) America ought to be ashamed of itself for even questioning a BLACK PRESIDENT. I think its well over due.

    June 3, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Just 1 Of The 17 Million Plus That Voted Obama

    So I take it then you are officially calling the election? Can we please get the numbers listed since it's is official per your reporting. Thanks.

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  7. linda from South Dakota

    well being from south dakota here,, im 100% for obama,, i've watched most of his campaign and i believe he can makea difference for sure,,, its alot to fix but in time, i know he can,, hes hearts in the right place,, i dont care what prejudice people think,, if they were blind and listened to this whole cmpaign,, they would for sure pick obama,,, its time for change and its time for americans who are predujice to grow up.. color has nuthun to do with what a person can do,, i have frieds of many colors and as far as im concerned we are all equals,, GO OBAMA!!!!!08

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Janet, 60+White Female American via Canada

    The Economy is the only issue when it will come down to it in November!

    People are hurting and they will vote accordingly.

    The thought of a continuation of the Bush years, well, its like the


    Even the Jewish Community are clear on that!

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. Margaret

    Amazing. The party establishment is pushing Obama down the throats of Democratic voters who don't really want him. In history, I don't think that any candidate has ever LOST a primary on the day when he clinched the nomination.


    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Obama!!

    Doesn't anyone find it amusing that the people who generally have a lower intellectual capacity are the ones who also have trouble voting for a black man?

    Ignorance and lack of intelligence go hand in hand, it seems.

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. Christina

    Not altogether a bad idea...

    June 3, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  12. Jean Alex

    They are not educated so they buy into any crap, I did not expect more from them.

    June 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  13. D.J.

    So now it is detrimental to the political system to be well educated? We must abide by the choices of those who do not care to educate themselves? The voice of the people rules the country for sure, but somebody has to set a level of thought and consideration in the making of important decisions.

    June 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. RickytheGriff

    Dear God.... why do we CARE what a group of uneducated, racist, backwoods people think?

    I don't care if you support Hillary, or Obama.... just don't listen to what people who raffle off cans of Manwich think!

    And, if you vote for McCain... you are voting for more pointless wars in which your children will die overseas for no reason... and you'll watch helplessly as Roe Vs. Wade is overturned!

    Women, do you really want that?

    Democrat 2008.

    June 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  15. True

    5 months can make a huge difference, Clinton proved that, and McCain, I'm sure he will unravel when Obama takes him to task.

    June 3, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  16. Timber

    Obama will not win in November. The democrats are their own worse enemy. Do you think the reverend Wright and Pflager racist rants, resko, Farrakhaun connections are going to go away?? God knows what else the Republicans have to throw at him. Hillary def would have been the better candidate. I would advise her to turn down the VP slot. We now have another McGovern. Congrats President McCain! Compliments of the Democratic party! This is coming from an ex democrat (as of yesterday).

    June 3, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Bob

    BOB, FLA.

    June 3, 2008 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. Ralph

    The only impact will be on the degree by which Obama will beat McCain. It's over, before it even began, and the repugs know it.

    June 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  19. jd

    Obama will win them all!

    June 3, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. Scott L

    Meanwhile Iran has called the US Satanic and vows to wipe out Israel in a few years.

    Obama wants to meet with these people? Unreal. Still waiting for him to show us a viable solution for Iran. So far he has just criticized everyone else.

    "Iran, please stop nuclear ambitions."

    "No." Iran replies.

    Now what Mr. Obama?

    June 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Chidi

    He is a comeback kid. Obama will overcome the problem. In fact Obama will have an easy ride to White House as John McCain will not pose any problem on the way but I always have concern about his safety. Anyway, God will deliver him.

    June 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Shawn from Kansas

    Those voting against him, are the same people he's offering to give a better opportunity to go to college, if they want. It's too bad.

    June 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  23. Tired of Hillary

    Hillary is a foul woman.....she created all of this hatred and should not be rewarded for it. I will definitely not support any sign of her!!!

    June 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  24. hopefull

    Fellow blue collar workers there is plenty of room on this train. No one is going to pull you on board but I say just give Obama a chance to win you over. We are down to earth people and we are hurting bad and it looks like it is only going to get worse.

    We can not give the republicans the white house again as a reward for what Bush has done to us.

    June 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  25. Griff

    You do not Negociate from Fear... Ask JFK.... Never let us fear to negotiate... HIllary will not Negotiate from Fear, of Obama's Idiot's....

    June 3, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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