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Old 07-26-2009, 06:45 PM
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Default Re: The Week in Blog: Uninvited Edition (Tim Fernholz & Matt Lewis)

Originally Posted by piscivorous View Post
And given that President Obama's approval rating is now, by Rasmussen's measure, below 50% can his 98% or so approval by black be for anything more than his skin color and how does this uncritical support effect his overall approval rating?
Pisc, how are you missing the obvious point?

The 98% might reflect the fact that a *huge* plurality of blacks simply believe that the GOP is beholden to racists.

Black vote in the last few presidential elections

1984 Walter Mondale 90% Ronald Reagan 9%
1988 Michael Dukakis 90% George H.W. Bush 10%
1992 Bill Clinton 83% George H.W. Bush 10%
1996 Bill Clinton 84% Bob Dole 12%
2000 Al Gore 90% George W. Bush 9%

So maybe you're right that 8ish percent of blacks are voting for Obama purely based on his skin color. Is that what you're saying?
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