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. Deb, IN

    This is insulting to every hard working American without a college degree(white or black). People without college degrees have more common sense than people with book knowledge. I respect those Americans who work hard for what they have. This really pisses me off and I have a college degree. Why don't you give us a black candidate that has the experience to be President and then we'll talk.

    June 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  2. KE

    Some women do need to shut up and sing. Especially somebody who calls their candidate "Obamba".

    June 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  3. Ed

    "Most white people are racists anyway". I don't even know how to begin to respond to such utter nonsense.

    June 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  4. Patrick Peavy Plano,TX

    Quote "Most white people are racists anyway!"

    That is a racist statment. So you don't really have a problem with racism, you just don't want it directed towards you huh Arkansas Undertaker?

    June 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  5. paul

    In other words racism is now defined as white blue collar workers.

    June 3, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. MB

    Looks like Reagan won't be the only Republican getting a lot of Democratic votes.

    June 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. Justice

    Obama will NOT win in November!

    June 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    Yea, Obama is the nominee for President. CNN eat your heart out.

    June 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Eva

    Shame on you Hillary Clinton. You have tried to take this special historical moment from us with your desires. I hope you do not get to be VP, you are not what we want.

    June 3, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  10. Marin

    I don't think it's accurate to call this a 'problem'. The exit polls state that blue-collar voters PREFER Clinton rather than Obama. It is not accurate to interpret this as meaning that he would fail to get their votes in the GE.

    June 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  11. sophia

    moral of the story: everyone should go to college.

    June 3, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Uneducated

    Key word is uneducated. How can they like Clinton who has the same views as he does...but yet not vote for him. hmmmm these are the same uneducated people who would vote for Mccain.


    June 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  13. O-blah-ma

    Blue Collar voters will not be insulted by Obama-bots. In the fall they will vote FOR McCain, insuring THEIR voices are heard and the cult followers of the black messiah are left wondering what happened.

    June 3, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |

    20 years in a hate filled,we hate everybody church could probably have something to do with that!

    June 3, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. june heefner


    June 3, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. TONY


    June 3, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Mark

    He does not have a problem with Blue collar voters, if you do the comparison to him and John McCain, in November the real test is John McCain vs Barack Obama, not Barack Obama vs Hillary Clinton..

    With HIllary Backing us to the election and forward, the "supposive" problem with blue collar workers will disappear...

    The economy is the key to this, and Barack is MUCH more favorable on the economy than John McCain is...

    You keep doing references to HIllary Clinton, as if that really matters in November, CNN, please get the story right...

    Obama vs McCain, lets see who has problems where in reality

    Obama/Clinton 08'!!!

    June 3, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  18. Ashton

    Please allow my message. we shall all join hands and march forward restoring america to America. Black man or white man. No more George Bush third term.

    June 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  19. Allan

    There is no blue collar issue. Once the peoples learn that Romney wants to destroy social security, then I think they will like Senator Obama in my view.

    June 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  20. Enlightened Voter

    Let's also not forget besides Barack's brilliant judgement, brilliant campaign management skills he is a constitutional scholar, neither of which hillary or mccain can claim. Barack can teach at any university constitutional law and could be a supreme court justice.

    June 3, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  21. Cindy

    I don't think it's a race thing. I think it's cause they've never heard of the name "Barack Obama" before. And it sounds soooo foreign. Clinton is at least, a known entity. Like buying the same brand of toilet paper every time. heh..

    Like Obama said, it's amazing that a guy with such a funny name has made it so far. He's done well, because he's that good, despite his funny name.

    June 3, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  22. Bob

    We all know that Obama had a blue collar problem but we also know that by the press singing about it, did not help overcome this problem. Rather, it worsened it.

    June 3, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  23. Michael

    Is this an issue of Obama being unpopular with this group or is it that Clinton is just that much more popular with that group? We know that he can't beet Clinton in this block but will that hold true against McCain? I think once they see the difference between Obama and McCain it'll be an easy call for them to switch over to Obama...

    June 3, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  24. Informed voter from florida

    Too litle too late. Obama will never be POTUS. Any self respecting woman would not support this travesty.

    June 3, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  25. Catrina

    Hillary Clinton has created this by falsely portraying Barack as an Elitist, when in actuality he was born into a more humble background than she or McCain. Now it's time for her to make this right.

    June 3, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
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