Polling Results

I saw some polling data over at Sugar Land is Dreaming and had to make some comments.

Tas quoted his local rag and I found it to be interesting:

“The choice in this election is not about regions or religions or genders,” Obama said at a boisterous victory rally. “It’s not about rich versus poor, young versus old and it’s not about black versus white. It’s about the past versus the future.”

The audience chanted “Race doesn’t matter” as it awaited Obama to make his appearance after rolling up 55 percent of the vote in a three-way race.

Race doesn’t matter? Interesting. Let’s look at the data a bit.

South Carolina – Democrats

Race

By this first pic, the White voters seem to choose the main three candidates fairly evenly, with Obama at the tail end. But the Black voters chose Obama by a wide margin. Seems split by race here. What I find really interesting is how blacks are labeled as poor or disadvantaged and Edwards is the one focusing the most at helping bridge the gap between rich & poor, yet he gets the fewest votes by them. The question is, can they see through his lies or does race count more?

Income

Speaking of the poor, isn’t it funny how Edwards gets more votes as the household income increases? Is it because the rich are more willing to help the poor, or is Edwards lying?

Qualities

It’s obvious that Obama is about change and Hillary is about experience, duh.

Ready Black

Hmm, Obama supporters think our country is ready… but not as much as the others.

Ready Woman

Interesting how the Obama supporters outnumber the Hillary supporters in this one.

Economy

No surprise here.

So, can we really take Obama seriously when he says this is not about race or gender? Only if you’re talking about how white voters are voting. The black voters seem to voting their race more than anything. I’m not sure if the whole Obama thingy is a Fairy Tale, but what he says seems like it. The thing is, does he really believe it, or does he just want you to believe it?

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2 Responses to Polling Results

  1. tas says:

    I don’t see the white vote as being spread evenly, though. White people had two candidates of their color to vote for, and when you look at how they voted, 76% voted for the white candidates. 78% of blacks voted for the black candidate — who didn’t have another black candidate in the race to split the vote with. So the racial divide in this round of voting is equal — but the coverage isn’t. The media narrative starts and stops on the black side, completely ignoring the same statistics on the white side.

    As for taking Obama’s talk about race seriously, I believe that he does want to be seen as a candidate, not a black candidate. He’s not copying Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton’s campaign runs of yesteryears. He doesn’t have a black issues centric platform. Now are black people going to vote for him? Yes, because there is an electoral phenomenon of races sticking together for their own candidates. It happens here in RI, too, when all the Italians vote for the Italian candidates. That, of course, is also an issue that’s never covered since white people voting for white people, apparently, isn’t a story. But, as I stated before, the media narrative is trying to say that blacks voting for blacks is a story. And as I mentioned in my original post, cheerleaders for this cause seem to include a certain former president…. I wonder why.

  2. frznagn says:

    I did say that Obama got the least amount and that the voting was ‘fairly evenly’. This was meant to show voting between the three- not between black & white. But yes, by looking at race then whites get more votes. But more whites voted for Obama than blacks for whites. It seems like blacks are more concerned about race than whites.

    “He doesn’t have a black issues centric platform.”

    True, but I wonder how much he will ACT like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton after he gets elected. He may be running on their platforms, but he isn’t stating he is different from them which makes me question it. Just because you run into a tiger without stripes, it doesn’t mean he won’t eat you.

    Yeah, it’s no surprise that people stick to their own groups. But voting for your group only because they are in your group is stupid. What’s that saying about getting the government you deserve?

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