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August 9th, 2010
06:05 PM ET

Why 56-point difference between blacks & whites on Pres. Obama approval?

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From CNN's Jack Cafferty

President Obama has been in office just over a year and a half, and he is getting drastically different marks from whites and blacks.

A CNN-Opinion Research Corporation poll shows there is a 56-point difference between blacks and whites when it comes to the president's approval rating.

A whopping 93% of blacks approve of how Pres. Obama is handling his job, but only 37% of whites do.

Pres. Obama is the nation's first black president, and was supposed to move the country past racial divisions… a tall order to be sure. But, yet the president did receive lots of support from whites as a candidate.

Part of the problem may be that critics are painting this Obama White House as out-of-touch with the American people. Nile Gardener of the London Telegraph points to examples like the First Lady's lavish European vacation, the president's move towards big government and dramatic increases in government borrowing and spending.

Gardener points to extravagance and arrogance among "the White house elites that rule America as though they had been handed some divine right to govern with impunity".

Last Friday, the president chose to fly six miles in Marine One to a sign factory in the Washington, D.C. area rather than drive. Six miles. The helicopter ride took about eight minutes…driving would have taken about 20.

Here’s my question to you: Why is there a 56-point difference between blacks and whites when it comes to Pres. Obama's approval rating?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Rich in Texas says:
Bottom line: Obama is black, therefore most blacks approve. You can call that reverse racism, or maybe it's just pride. Either way, it's blind and naive. He is still to this day not qualified to be chief executive and Commander-in-Chief, and perhaps would never had been elected if not for (1) anti-war and anti-Bush sentiment and (2) the media hype surrounding our first black President. As if that's not bad enough, throw in political hacks like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid and we have a truly incompetent combination of so-called leaders. How people can hate Bush so much and think these three stooges are ok is beyond me, just blind partisanship.

Tom says:
Understandable pride and hope I'm sure fuels the black 93% approval. My disapproval is the same with him as most politicians, say one thing when campaigning and business as usual after you get in. I don't disapprove of Obama because he's black, I disapprove because he's just another politician.

James in Ohio says:
What the news media is afraid to say is that whites hate having a black man in the Oval Office.

Blake says:
It is no secret that blacks have always had to work harder, be twice as good in order to gain the same respect and the president is no different. If McCain had won and accomplished all Obama has up to now, he would already have his face on Mt. Rushmore!

Ray says:
What are you trying to do? Start riots in the streets again. I would guess that blacks see him as the second coming and he can do no wrong. Whites gave him a chance and his lack of leadership is really showing through. Way too arrogant for me!

Louis in Front Royal, Virginia says:
Obviously, Jack, if you were black you would know. We're going to see him through his presidency and stick by him. He's doing better than the prior person who held the position.

K.C. says:
Racial conflicts in this country are like crashes at a NASCAR race. Everyone expects one, but no one will admit they are waiting to see one happen.


Filed under: President Obama • Race
soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. Mike S., New Orleans

    Jack, your questions have finally jumped the shark. The answer is "Duh."

    August 9, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  2. Greg M.

    Jack,
    Obviuosly the answer is that there is still racial divide whether we want to admit it or not.I am white and I support Obama.The right wing believes that all of our current problems just suddenly appeared on Jan. 21 2009,the day President Obama was inaugurated while this is far from the truth.The right does absolutely nothing to help him.These "supposed" leaders should be setting an example for racial relations.Failin' Palin and her 6 black followers isn't helping either.
    Greg M. Largo,FL

    August 9, 2010 at 1:42 pm |
  3. Ed in Harrisburg

    Probably for the same reason that there may have been such a discrepancy between Black and Whites with many White Presidents...racial pride and identification....which has nothing to do with reality.

    August 9, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  4. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Oooo! This is an easy one! Blacks love President Obama because he's black! Whites hate President Obama because he's black! Did I get it right?

    August 9, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  5. Drew Phillips

    Blacks have an overwhelming approval rating toward Obama because they hope he identifies with them by race. Whites, on the other hand, seem more divided along party lines.

    August 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  6. John from Alabama

    Jack: I can not believe you are asking this question, but since you are asking, for the same reason Irish Americans stick together in their political beliefs, and jews, latinos, and so... President Obama is the first Africian-American to hold the job, and they will support him no matter what happens. The only people to support the Republicans are old white men and frustrated women like Palin. President Obama is doing a great job, and keeping most of his promises made on the campaign trail.

    August 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm |
  7. michael hill

    Could it be that Obama's policies are more polarizing than any other president in recent history. Bill Clinton enjoyed a 90% approval rating from blacks while only 59% of whites approved of him. Interestingly only 54% of hispanics approve of Obama. Do you think the 36 point job approval spread between Hispanics and Blacks indicates a racial divide?

    August 9, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  8. Eric Platt

    The obvious answer is racism.

    But in my opinion that is incorrect.

    Black's approve of him because of his color.
    White's don't approve of him because of his policies.

    But as my wife is fond of telling me, I'm wrong, because it's always about race in America.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
  9. Janne from NC

    Whites will tell you African Americans hold him to a lesser standard. African Americans will tell you whites hold him to a higher standard. No matter whom you ask it will be blamed on race.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  10. Paul Austin, Texas

    Because their is a good chance that many whites are Republicans and Tea Party people. All of them not wanting change and they have a real fear of true change. I do not think there is a difference in what race a President is most of the Presidents that have been in office have been disliked by most. It all comes down to a rejection of authority by most and does not really reflect who is in office.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  11. Bert California

    One side looks at the President's policies and doesn't like what it sees and the other side only cares about supporting a President because he is thought of as Black. Which side is the most racist?

    August 9, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  12. Bob Fleming

    A very large percentage of blacks support Obama just as a very large percentage of Catholics supported John F Kennedy.

    Approval ratings at this stage of a Presidency don't mean much. Reagans' were probably in the vicinity of Obams' at this time during his first term.

    The real test of approval will come in 2012 when the name of the Republlican nominee is known. A friend of mine when asked "how is your wife", jokingly responds "compared to whom "? This the test that should be used when conducting polls regarding the outcome of elections.

    What do you think the poll results would be if the question were asked "for whom would you vote if Obama was oppossed by Sarah Palin", who, according to the pollsters, is the current odds on favorite of the GOP?

    Bob
    Louisville, Ky

    August 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm |
  13. Victor G. Hughes

    A LARGE part of that could be laid at the issue of RACISM !!!!
    Your country can't get past that reality and the stupidity and race baiting which the Republicans and the far right wing nuts keep promoting has a resonance with an electorate that, SADLY, for the most part has the attention span of a fruit fly !!!
    The 'canard' of fiscal and governmental incompetence was in 'full bloom' long before Obama made an appearance !!!

    August 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  14. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    It is hard to terrify African-Americans with birth-certificate bull.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  15. Conor in Chicago

    There are two very obvious reasons for this:

    1) Most blacks in the US aren't wealthy. Since the Democrat party at least appears to be on the side of the poor in this current Class War blacks are obiviously going to root for their guy.

    2) Blacks don't tend to watch Fox News because they have a natural allergy to BS, propoganda, letting people walk all over them.

    Many people on this forum will claim it is because of race. Well, I can assure you if Obama was a Republican president siding with the GOP on everything the point differential would be in the exact opposite direction. This isn't about race-it's about class.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  16. Kevin in Dallas

    It's not a white vs black thing, it's a not poor vs poor thing. Obama's policies are helping the poor in the short term, but hurting our country long term. Unfortunately, way more black people are below the poverty line than white people.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  17. Ed from Port Aransas, TX

    Because, as a general rule, blacks do not watch Fox News.

    Ed
    Port Aransas

    August 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  18. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    Racism? The country is in far better condition than when Obama took office. I guess "some people" have to be 100% correct 100% of the time, being graded on a different scale I'd say.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  19. Fred R DeLeon Sr

    Blacks see President Obama as the Savior.
    Whites see President Obama as the activist Senator which is still on
    campaign. Our President is dividing our country politically and
    racially (this one is not only unfair, buy dangerous.)

    Fred
    Indianapolis

    August 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  20. Phyllis G Williams

    Personally, I believe the President is not choosing anyone by the colour of their skin, but by their ability, as he belongs to both colors
    like myself and has had a mixture of colors in the choices he has made.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  21. Bizz Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I think the only reason black and white people like myself prefer president Obama is be cause he is democrat and the democratic party represents our interest. The same reason the rich and the wealthiet people prefer the republican party. I worked all my life and people like me no matter what their race are don't believe in the trickle down theory, where more money is given to the rich by means of tax cuts and then they're suppose to trickle down the money to the rest of us.

    August 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm |
  22. Simon, Orlando

    It's because blacks approval of the President is based on: 1) his color, 2) his ability to do the job. Whites approval of the President is based on 1) his ability to do the job, 2) his color. It would be nice to think that we could base his approval on his accompliishments so far and, as Martin Luther said "The content of his character" without regard to him being black, white, pink, or green.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  23. Don (Ottawa)

    Simple Jack; because he's black. White America still hasn't accepted the fact that they have a black president dispite the fact that he is only 50% black.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  24. Ray

    What are you trying to do....start riots in the streets again. I would guess that blacks see him as the second coming and he can do no wrong. Whites gave him a chance and his lack of leadership is really showing through. Way to arogant for me!!!!!

    August 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  25. Jim

    Jack, It's black racism pure and simple. At this point in time, blacks have surpassed whites when it comes to racism.

    Jim
    Hoffman Estates, IL

    August 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  26. jean

    Jack the answer to your question is simple , its because he's black.

    Daytona beach Florida, on vacation in St. Maarten.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  27. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, REALLY!! Do you need to ask that question? The answer is obvious---RACE! Half of those 56 points on either side are because of race. Blacks who would support him regardless of how bad his performance and whites who would not support him regardless of how well he performs. Want a realistic evaluation? You need to talk to those in the middle 28%, who don't care what color Obama is, they just want their government to work.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  28. Bob Johnson

    Because 96% of blacks voted for Obama and in their minds Obama can do no wrong.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  29. Eric Young

    It never fails. When a African American rises to the top, everyone want him or her to fail. I dont know of any other time when the media discussion of wanting a president to fail got traction. The turth is, this country wants to be good to all its people, but it has so much hate that it becomes its own worst enemy.

    As an African American I want to give him the same equal chance to adhere to his promise. If and only if he fails would turn by back on him.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  30. Sue Los Angeles, CA

    Now will come all the replies claiming whites are racist for not supporting Obama policies, when in reality Obama is a very likable man, he is not delivering the leadership or policies he campaigned on and that is the reason he is losing support. Blacks support is loyal, whites support is based on results, not the color of one's skin.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  31. Keith - Twinsburg, Ohio

    Now THIS Jack, is a racist question...

    I don't have a doctorate, or even a Masters, but I can figure this one out.

    As long as Obama remains black, this 56% will not change.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  32. Marc from San Diego

    Ignorance and misinformation, which both races share some of the responsibility.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  33. Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    Jack,it is pretty simple,some people vote on race,these people are most likely uninformed,would not know the difference between the three branches of government or even if there were three branches of government,they only know that this guy looks like me,explaining why President Obama carried over 90% of the black vote,and people should have to take a test to have the privilege to vote!!!!!!!

    August 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  34. jim

    The answer is simple. The blacks are racists. They want their handout. A good example is the City of Detroit. A white person would be killed living. there. A black person living in a predominitely white area would have no problem.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  35. RR3

    White conservatives simply cannot accept and hate the fact, that a Black man defeated them and became their President
    That hate is uniting them against the President of the United States, no matter what's the cost...
    The entire world can see everything very clearly, what's the real position of the Republicans is, simply block everything and make the Presiden fail, in the hope of regaining, first control of congress then, hopefully, the White House...
    Although we believe that an Obama / Cliinton ticket is unbeatable..
    Who the Republicans are going to put in - Gingrich / Palin or viceversa...really??...
    That will be the end of the USA as the greatest world power...
    Taken over by Europe / Asia...
    Ps...Don't believe it will be posted though...but is our opinion on this sad political situation on (still) the greatest country in the world....

    August 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  36. Jack, Niceville, FL

    "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." – Martin Luther King

    I judge Barack Obama by the content of his character and find him to be sorely lacking!

    August 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  37. bud rupert

    Lets face it – Skin color matters. It's sad but a reality in every culture on the planet.

    I have read that because of our tribe like beginnings 100 thousand plus years ago we are still hard wired with certain survival pre-conditions even in todays world It sounds plausible if you believe in Darwin – and I do. If it is fact, we should all recognize it for what it is, and deal with it for what it is.

    In spight of all that nonsense. Barak Obama is still the smartest guy in politics and as of now, he's got my vote in 2012

    August 9, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  38. southerncousin

    I don't know if black folks did not hear MLK when he said that you should judge people by the content of their character not the color of their skin. Look at majority black cities and the problems they have because of who they elect. Maxine Waters would be committed to an asylum rather than elected to Congress 10 times, if she were to run 50/50 district. Obama could not have been eleced without white support, but let a white person run in a majority black district and see what happens (except Herenton in Memphis which raises whole other corruption issues).

    August 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  39. Loren

    Maybe this just proves the quote attributed to President Lincoln: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time." Though this begs the question of who is being fooled by President Obama.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  40. Jason

    Our decision is based on performance. Obama was well received and campaigned well, he was supported for his promises and he is losing support for not keeping those promises. Our decision to support or not to support was NEVER based on skin color. Blacks are loyal, their support will remain strong.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  41. bob z fr ,pa.

    his agenda take from rich give to the poor that is not the way our const. was written

    August 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  42. Carl

    Jack,
    For me, black or white, Obama just isn't doing what he said he would do, plain and simple. I feel he is no where near as bad as Bush was, but in mjy opinion, he just isn't doing a good job, just call him, 1 term Obama.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  43. kimmy (NC)

    I mean no offence to anyone but I don't think it is a black and white issue I think it is a rich and poor issue. where I live so many of the blacks & whites are on welfare and those checks just keep coming – also those laid off -both black and white are receiving extended unemployment benefits. The poor will never get out of their hole if they keep getting handouts. We in the middle class just keep paying our taxes and working overtime and two jobs to make ends meet. The upper middle class (used to be me) is now the lower middle class and once we really kick in for the Obama debt we will be the POOR!

    August 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  44. Helen

    Promoting another episode black in america? What was Kennedy approval among catholics? . Pushing blacks against whites is good for Fox news and Cnn is trying to cash in. Division is good for business.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  45. katiec Pekin, IL

    Well, Jack, it depends on who took the poll as to the accuracy of these numbers. Think it is low for the whites, but we all understand the actual credibility of poll numbers.
    Part of the reasons for the decline are people such as you, the republicans, radicals and media always pushing negativity down our throats. The propaganda, distortions, lack of integrity of commentators, ignoring accomplishments, pushing their own agenda has left the majority of the American people with no trust in what is printed and said, but, tragically some actually believe the biased, misinformation they are fed.
    You, and the rest of the media have become a disgrace in what we at one time could expect at least some integrity. Have you considered Fox, Jack?

    August 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  46. bobwhite 'n KS

    Very simple, Jack. We are racist. In our America, no matter the issue, it is always "my tribe against your tribe." We Americans have summarily domonstrated that we reject the admonition to "do unto others as you would have others do unto you," especially when they are not our tribe.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  47. rick rude-Richmond,va

    Jack, It's just natural human nature that races segregate themselves. As most Whites tend to be conservative

    August 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  48. JOE CE

    Blacks have waited along time for one to become President. If the are a little biased, that is undrstandable. Too many others had unrealistic expectations, no wonder that they are disappointed. Obama's biggesr failure is a lack of understanding the average person, and lack of pro=active leadership. His largest problem qith the general public is failure to control immigration but pushing "immigration reform" which are code words for Amnesty" He can't sell a 1986 rerun but keeps trying.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  49. Rich from Dallas

    Jack,

    I'm an African-American male in Corporate management and I think I speak for a lot of my peers that we all feel that we can't just be good at our jobs, we have to be "great". With all the expecations on President Obama at this time in history, I think African-Americans empathize with the task at hand for him.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  50. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Perhaps black people find some common ground with Obama. Although he is half white they see him for his skin tone which is black, so to them he is black. On the flip side of that coin most wealthy people in America are white. Not all but most, and the wealthy people are the ones who are paying the largest chunk of money for all the things the democrats and Obama are signing into law. Naturally then they would be the most discontent with him and his party. Yes, black people pay taxes too as well as every other race but there are fewer of them paying taxes then whites so that leaves the whites footing the majority of the bill. Right wrong or otherwise it is simply the facts.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  51. Jason

    Thanks for pointing out that the loss of white support is NOT due to racism. Obama was elected with alot of white support and he losing many of us based on his policies and performance.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  52. AzRose

    First, I am not a racists but I do believe that many of the black citizens voted for Obama because he is black. During the pre-election period I saw many interviews with black people and they had no idea who Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and John McCain were. They voted strickly along racial lines and they still feel the same way today.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  53. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    I don't know. All I do know is that our Government (President, Vice President, and Members of Congress and Senate) needs to start implementing spending cuts and stop borrowing money for bills/measures that the United States can't afford. They also need to find ways to bring jobs back to the United States.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  54. vicki weaver

    Because people like you are dividing our Country. Plain and simple.

    August 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  55. Disgusted American

    well those numbers say alot about America, don't they.....wow, just wow!
    ...and to think on Election Night, I thought Our Country would Finally Move Forward.....it's a sad day for america (yes it deserves a small "a") .....it shows what a small minded country we STILL are!

    August 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  56. B.J., Quincy, Il

    There is that much of a difference just because he is black.They aren't going to say anything is wrong, bad, or indifferent because of it.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  57. Robbert Spads

    When it comes to the first black president of the United States, whites are more objective. Thats what it tells me, but whom could blame black people for being less objective?

    August 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  58. Larraine, Abingdon, MD

    In the end, it seems to be all about race which is too bad. A lot of whites voted for Obama, but when he didn't produce miracles, have turned against him. In addition, there has been a lot of racial undertones in the anti-Obama rhetoric. In the meantime, blacks are going to support him in a show of solidarity. I don't blame them. So, why should you be surprised? I'm not. I've come to the conclusion that the electorate grows more stupid every year.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  59. Jim C.

    Interesting that it would be a such a big spread. However, if you are white and criticize anything done by the Obama administration, you are considered a racist. If you are black, go ahead and make any comment you want because you are just disenfranchised and require restitution.

    This question will become everything about race and racism. People should look at the promises and results. But we are reminded that it is Bush's fault and only 1 1/2 years into a presidency. With those excuses, he should have a high approval rating.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  60. Joe R - Houston TX

    Blacks compose about 20% of the population. 93% of 20% is only 18.6% of all citizens (who are black) opposed to 37% of all citizens (who are white) Twice as many whites as blacks continue to support Obama in spite of the evidence. What are they drinking?

    August 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  61. stacy st. augustine, fl

    You couldn't do 6 miles in 20 Mins. in DC during the day ever.When's the last time you drove around DC? He's a busy man get there and get back. The 56 point gap. Do you think it might be color thing?

    August 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  62. bud rupert

    Lets face it Jack– Skin color matters. It's sad but a reality in every culture on the planet.

    I have read that because of our tribe like beginnings 100 thousand plus years ago we are still hard wired with certain survival pre-conditions even in todays world. It sounds plausible if you believe in Darwin. If the hardwired scenario is true then maybe we should all recognize it for what it is, and deal with it as it is. An evolutionary fact of life that that may with us for longer then we care to imagine. Then maybe we can overcome this stupid skin color issue through REASON and common sense.

    In spight of all that. Barak Obama is still the smartest guy in politics and as of now he's got my vote in 2012

    August 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  63. Barb Gould

    Anytime the President takes a motorcade anywhere in the DC metro area, traffic is snarled up like no one who doesn't live in the area would understand. Rush hour around the beltway is roughly 5:30 am to 7:00 pm – with very little midday let-up. I would not be surprised if the White House was trying to avoid total regional gridlock. Maybe.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  64. Steve

    Because he is the first black president, and this seems to be a tremendous source of pride to black americans. As far as the idiot from the London Telegraph, why in the world would you even mention him in the question, Rush, oops, I meant Jack.?..Why are the presidents travel modes (which are determined by the secret service exclusively) a part of this conversation..Im curious why you seem to ask more questions about his travel than you asked about "liberating Iraq" many years ago..

    August 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  65. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Many of the answers to this question appear in your article preceding this question. Blacks want to extend his rule hoping that he will do something for them and to just keep a black head of state. Whites don't like the way he has performed so far and would prefer a change in administrations. I'm sure that many people who voted for him are sorry that they did now and will correct their earlier thinking and select a more appropriate and experienced candidate.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  66. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Because Blacks are smarter. They can see past the propoganda of the whites on the far right. While the media seems obliged to provide every hack and cracker with a talk show to vent. Blacks are smarter. They ignore these scions of the John Birch society. Smarter.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  67. Dennis north Carolina

    I would say your poll is wrong. I am white and 65 yrs old but never been polled bot I support Obama.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  68. Tamon Bah Ndasi

    If you did not expect this, then you are the one who's out of touch with your world.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  69. Gail, Plano TX

    So what u are saying Jack, is that the divide is racial. I can only speak for myself and my family that I think President Obama is the finest President this country has elected since FDR. And I am WHITE!!!

    August 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  70. Gary H. Boyd

    Obama's his own worst enemy when it comes to race relations. His actions since taking office have, indeed, come across as arrogance and an imperial presidency. His 6 mile helicopter ride and his wife's entourage to Spain aboard Air Force Two being but two examples. This guy's "I've got all the answers" attitude is out of touch with most whites.

    Gary in Arizona

    August 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  71. Blake

    It is no secret that blacks have always had to work harder, be twice as good in order to gain the same respect and the President is no different. If McCain had won and accomplished all Obama has up to now...he would already have his face on Mt. Rushmore!
    Bet this one won't make your broadcast...the truth is something that appears to be overlooked in a lot of news broadcasts. But of course not yours...wink wink...you betcha

    August 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  72. Bill

    Don't like his policies. He encourages congress to spend our tax dollars like drunken sailors. Wants to fundamentally change the USA.... what does that mean??? Anyone have any ideas???? regulation against humans being alive in this country?

    August 9, 2010 at 4:13 pm |
  73. Julia/Dallas

    The huge difference between what whites and blacks think of President Obama only came after he had been in office for a few months. I voted for him because he said he would go line by line on the budget and cut excess spending to get our country living within its means. All he has done is spend money we don't have. He doesn't seem to grasp the terrible position we are in. I think that is where he lost the support of white America. After all it is the middle income workers that are going to be burdened with the job of trying to pay back what he is borrowing. With all the job loss in this country that job seems impossible to do.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  74. Anthony in Maryland

    Perception is the reason! Many Whites run around with the "Sky is failing" attitude because they are feeling the affects of this economy whereas minorities have always been feeling these affects. Some in the majority will commit suicide when they see their life is going into shambles where as a minority never had nothing so if they had to go back they know what to expect. It is like I can eat steak today and beans tomorrow and still be the same person, some people got to have that steak everyday! I don't!

    August 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  75. Herbert Meyers

    Obama told us during the campaign that we should have higher expectations of as president. We have kept our part of the bargain, he should keep his. What we have seen is an increasingly less benign dictatorship making itself apparent.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:18 pm |
  76. Lene', IL

    I only reason I can see is it is a "race" thing.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  77. Tom Carey

    Understandable pride and hope I'm sure fuels the black 93% approval, my disapproval is the same with him as most politicians, say one thing when campaigning and business as usual after you get in. I don't disapprove of Obama because he's black, I disapprove because he's just another politician.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  78. Lene', IL

    The only reason I can see why there is such an overwhelming amount of support in the black community is because of Obama's race and not so much his policies.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  79. Pruitt Holcombe

    It's difficult to answer this without sounding racist, but just take a look at some of the inauguration day videos. Many of the ecstatic African-Americans in the crowd didn't have the slightest clue what issues Obama campaigned on or his views on issues. He gets so much support simply because he is black.

    Florence, Alabama.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  80. Donna Wisconsin

    I'm really tired of the anti-Obama retoric from the media. Bush was KING Bush and talk about being out of touch–he took the most vacations than any other Pres. Why must everything he does reflex on him BADLY? I am white and I think he is doing the best he can. Everybody wants everything NOW. Get a life and move beyond this finger pointing at the Pres. Maybe the descrepancy is that blacks know how to wait; whites always get what they want NOW!

    August 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  81. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, as a white southerner I can tell you that there would be much less objection to the president if he were white and named Barry O'hara. Although the Gee-nO-teaParty people dispute it, and will until their dying days, the main problem southerners have with our president is the color of his skin.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  82. Meg from Troy

    Jack–
    Perhaps you should ask this question of the Conservatives who have hammered this President into the ground with thinly veiled racists attacks. And now you're right down in the muck helping them. The Republican Party, the Tea Party, and the 24/7 media have to take partial credit for your question and the many negative, thinly veiled racially oriented answers that you'll get to this question.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  83. Valerie

    I am a African-American woman who voted for the President. Since he has become President the racists among Republicans, Tea party wackos, etc have come out of the woodwork and they are practically foaming at the mouth. Their sole purpose is destroy his Presidency by any means possible even if they have to make up lies. Ex. He is not an American, he is a Socialist, Communist, etc. Even if he did everything they wanted, they would find fault.

    The President doesn't like to speak about race or even fire back at these people which is a mistake. As a result, the crazy nuts on the right are gaining steam which accounts for the difference in the poll numbers. The Presidents needs to wake up and understand that no matter how he tries he is considered a "African-American" President. Ducking the issue of race and differences among us makes him look weak and doesn't help us understand one another better. He had a perfect opportunity with Ms. Sherrod to be a leader and discuss how his election motivated people to overcome their own prejudices, how we need to sit down and get to know one another before we pass judgement. I am disappointed in his lack of leadership on this issue. Mr. President needs to look in his mirror and say, "What will be my legacy as the first African-American President?" If he thinks he is anything but African-american and can duck the race discusssion, he has a bigger problem than the birthers who question if he is an American.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  84. scott emrich

    I feel that more blacks are still looking at the color of his skin, rather than the lack of positive performance he has shown. Bigger government works well for those at or near the poverty line, but is adverse to all above. He is out of touch with the common man, and therefore, unable to push for legislation that would benefit the majority. He uses band-ands instead of tourniquets.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  85. runswithbeer

    Simple, America is full of Racists. It's time THEY starting changing.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  86. eddale

    Black people are more able to see the racism behind the campaign to discredit President Obama. White people refuse to acknowledge the real reason behind the republican hate campaign.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  87. Susan from Idaho

    I'm sue the majority of red necks approved of Bush. Like my grandmother used to say taste is all in your mouth. I am white and I whole heartily agree with what Obama is doing. We're still in a hole but at least he is not still digging.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  88. Steve, Clifton, VA

    The primary basis for the 56 % difference is because Black folk were paying attention when certain radio personalities declared shortly after the inauguration of President Obama that " He hopes that this President fail" and then right after that the Republicans in Congress announced a strategy of "NO" to anything on this Presidents agenda. Black folks have had to live with being ostracized most of their lives. Therefore, we understand what's happening when no matter what this President does (even when the majority of the country wants it), there is a group of folks that don't want to see him in the WHITE HOUSE........

    August 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  89. DBC

    If Obama was white and 93 percent of whites approved of his performance while 38 percent of blacks approved of his performance, what would we be saying? It is quite clear that the distribution of support that normally covers the spectrum, does not in this case. Not even close. Is it because he is the first black President and it becomes a matter of pride and a sense of affiliation? Is it because he genuinely represents the true interests of blacks and not the interests of whites? Or is it racism; and that could be black racism as well as white racism. In the end, one wonders how any group can vote close to 100 percent for someone of one color and not be suspect of a racist tendency. Political correctness aside, 93% is hard to ignore. We wouldn't for any other racial group.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  90. California Gary

    I'm guessing it has to do with the fact that a huge majority of blacks are Democrats, while whites are split up between the two major parties and a variety of solinter parties. The Democrats obviously will give him higher approval ratings than people from any other party.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  91. jo an

    I'm white and I love Obama...love him...approve of him...agree with most of what he does...

    August 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  92. Stephanie

    You used to be impartial, Jack but now every day you have something negative to say about President Obama.

    What about the Republicans: no to unemployment benefit extension, no to small business incentives, no to aid to the states, and now wanting a two month paid recess after the November elections.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  93. Dave Duncan

    I don't have an answer for you on this one Mr. Cafferty. I guess there a lot more people out there than I thought that are confused. I am one of them.

    Tipton Indiana

    August 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  94. Stephen

    Jack,

    You're kidding right? Didn't 98% of the black vote cast their lot towards a black candidate? It wasn't blacks that elected BHO and most people know that.

    The veil has been lifted for at least 'some' who are clear thinking. They now recognize that stunningly some folks believed it was 'their time' regardless of how ill prepared 'their' candidate was. A 93% approval rating?!?!? I'd like to meet the 7% that think otherwise. They're real Americans...embarrassed while this president manages 'our' affairs.

    Racism is alive and well in the good old USA Jack. Unfortunately, you and CNN won’t report it that way!

    Stephen
    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    August 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  95. Sue

    Jack, good question. All I can say is, I am 51 years old and have been an active voter since I was 18. How many times do you think I have been called for a poll? Once. After they finished their screening questions, i.e. how old are you, do you vote in every election, they thanked me and asked to go no further. What do you think the question that ended my chance to voice my opinion was? Where do you work? I am in education. I got to voice my opinion because my job, they thought would not get them the answer they wanted. By the way. I have dozens of family members...all white, that still support the President. Just one wish, BRING OUR TROOPS HOME.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  96. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Jack, I can't believe that you don't know the answer to this. This just goes to show that Racism is alive and doing great. It just makes me sick that people can't get over the color issue. Obama is so much of a better person that old Shrub Bush and his worthless sidekick Chaney that I can't believe there is any comparison, yet people can't put aside the color barrier and look at the person.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  97. Karl from SF, CA

    The Party of NO, which has no real interest in the welfare of the lower and middle class, sure has done a job of selling their brand of Bush/Cheney economics to a lot of people that should know better if they thought it through. It didn’t work for eight years and it isn’t going to fix the damage those eight years has done. The Democrats need to do a better job of calling out the arrogance and lack of ideas on the right. As for flying verses driving, I doubt the “President chose to fly” but would think it was a security decision by the Secret Service. Driving the President for 20 urban miles closes a lot of roads and bridges for a long time. I doubt driving was ever an option. Are we collectively that dumb now?

    August 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  98. Minesh - Troy, MI

    Jack, blacks have forgotten a great man MLK who said that they should judge people by the content of the character not by the color of the skin.

    Minesh Baxi, Troy, MI

    August 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  99. Allison Vancouver B.C.

    Jack,
    You seem intent on doing everything you can to bring your President down. As an outsider looking in, I find it disgusting. Why can't you media people ( and CNN is every bit as guilty as "Fixed Noise") just shut up and let your elected president do his job? You people don't deserve him. I wouldn't blame him for saying "to Hell with this ~ who needs it" and decide for his sanity, and that of his family, to not run again.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  100. Jeff In Minnesota

    Leave the helicopter trip out of it Jack, it is not relevant.

    The difference in his approval rating across race is just what you think it is. Former President Bush had higher ratings with whites than blacks for the same reason. Blacks like him better than whites because he's black.

    Personally, I don't care if his skin is green. The bottom line is that he grossly underestimated the job and his staff are way out of their league. He needs to get some experienced people in there and start getting the job done like he promised. He is supposedly the leader of the Democratic party but you would never guess that based on how Speaker Pelosi, Senator Reid and some of the other Democratic leadership behave. He needs to lead instead of following, then his ratings will go up.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  101. Marie

    I'm half Black and half White, and I can see both sides of this pretty clearly and it makes me sick. Accusations on both sides of the isle of racism is starting to divide the American people. Everyone is trying to use race to their own advantage by making the other party look extreme and "not like you." This is not the President's fault, he has been as neutral as anyone can (and maybe more than the President should) be on this issue.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  102. Melissa

    I am absolutely disgusted that I feel the need to say this since I'm white, but its because prejudice is so rampant in this country. On all sides of the fence. A black man may be President but there's a sizable portion of the country that way just waiting for him to do ANYTHING even remotely "unlikeable" so they could hate him for it.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  103. Terry from Iowa

    This white American is extremely proud of my President. In my 47 years I’ve never seen any politician work this hard in “Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”.

    Change is hard and seldom happens quickly enough. This is especially true when the adversaries of change are so threaten, that they’ll do anything to prevent it from happening. Those before us fought these battles; against the tyranny of the British, the oppression of the slave owners, the evil of Hitler’s Third Reich and now President Obama leads us against the greed and hate of unregulated capitalism gone awry.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  104. Anthony from Swedesboro, NJ

    Does racism ring a bell, Jack? Many radical whites are infuriated with this president because he has proven that he's more than capable for the job.
    The tea party constantly portrays him as a witch doctor. The birthers continue to deny his authenticity and the mainly white republicans love to embrace these fringe elements at their own peril.
    If one doesn't see a pattern here, then they're in dire need of some social remedial courses. It's nothing but a stealth campaign against the first black president and it's as plain as the nose on my face! It's just pure, unadulterated bigotry.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  105. Jim

    Jack,

    Jeez, I don't know. Maybe because blacks are smarter than right-wing extremist propagandists and have the good sense to give Obama more than 1/2 term before writing him off?

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    August 9, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  106. Audrey Fryer

    Mr. Cafferty – it might have something to do with the media's coverage of the President. He doesn't get any respect from the media so why would the public provide him any respect. For example, your bylines on CNN today "Governor Rick Perry"; "President George Bush", "Secretary-Defence Gates", but when it comes to the actual President he is called "Obama". Projection anyone.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  107. David in Tampa

    Jack, I am a 61 year old white voter that gives Obama a C minus grade. I also give Congress a solid F in what has been done so far. The Democrats have proven they are just about as bad as the Republicans at running the government. Congress behaves more like a bunch of four year olds than adults. Now, with the midterm elections looming a few months in the future and the primaries just around the corner, campaign ads are airing touting the virtues of extremism. I want people that can go to city hall, state capitols or Washington and try their best to solve the many problems facing this country and not just be idiots. As far as I can see these guys need to take a severe cut in pay and benefits because they aren't earning it. Wishing we could have None of the Above on the ballot.

    August 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  108. Ralph Spyer

    The blacks in America are a nation with in a nation much like the Jewish population. They will vote for their brother or sister and help them out hoe ever they can.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  109. Steve

    I think African-Americans are less likely to listen to conservative pundits (on radio or television), and therefore are not as prone to be caught up on a lot of the vitriolic rhetoric.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  110. Jerry Johns Creek, GA

    This is the type of poll that should not be taken. It can only create controversy and really does not indicate anything beyond support for "one of our own." What do you think the support numbers were like for John F. Kennedy from Irish Catholics versus the rest of the country. I would place this poll in the "duh" file.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  111. Docb

    Jack,

    Would it be higher if he were white instead of half black!?? I wonder!

    August 9, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  112. dennis from Minneapolis, MN

    So whos approval rating in all of government is higher?

    August 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  113. Thom Richer

    My wild guess would be that he is Black and the 73% are White. But it's just a guess as we all know there is no prejudice against blacks in this country at all.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    August 9, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  114. Gigi Oregon

    I believe there is a racist movement going on. Which is very sad it is moving the US backwards in time. What a shame the American melting pot would stoop so low to support a political agenda. And the whole world is watching us.

    Every First Lady has traveled . Laura did and her husband also gave the rich a tax break while going to war with the wrong country. Then running our country into debt. So maybe we'd better stop and get our facts straight before starting an American revolution.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  115. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,

    Until you offer a comparison between President Obama and his approval among blacks with Senator Lieberman's Jewish support, Senator Menendez's Hispanic support, and Senator Wicker's white support – this question reads more like a Fox news headline than deserving of CNN. Shame on you, Jack.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  116. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    The reason is because of the color of the presidents skin like it or not that's the reason .

    August 9, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  117. James in NC

    Jack, it appears that the blacks are putting race above his policies. It doesn't seem to make a lot of sense to me. I prefer to judge a President by the "content of his or her policies" rather than race. This poll indicates we have not moved too far away from "the color of a man's skin."

    August 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  118. Docb

    Jack,

    You know that the Secret Service decides the fastest- SAFEST route..Not the President!..The CoS gives them the schedule and they do the planning...you are attempting to stir the pot, ole man!

    August 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  119. dennis from Minneapolis, MN

    I would like to point out to all blacks... Dont paint us all as racists. There are a lot of us who arent nearly as blind as you might think, and are just as ashamed of the rampant bigotry going on in the capitol, and holy cow the media.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  120. Ben from Boston

    Jack,

    Irish Catholics overwhelmingly supported JFK and in large majorities voted Democrat in general. African Americans overwhelmingly support Barack Obama and in large majories vote Democrat in general. My guess is that Protestants vs. Catholics then is similar to Whites vs. African Americans now.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  121. honest John in Vermont

    Because blacks still believe in Obama, while others are measuring Obama by his accomplishments–or lack thereof. Obama's lavish? It does seem they are way too lavish while our economy is sinking into a morass. A helicopter trip of 6 miles does seem extravagent; but I recall Bush using an F-16 for a 10 mile trip to an aircraft carrier.

    If everyone else in America has to tighten their belts–the First Family should be the FIRST family to do so.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  122. John M

    From: Harrisburg, PA

    Well Jack, although Americans, mostly white, may believe that this country has moved past the days of racism and slavery, many Afro-Americans still believe that they are victims of an oppressive system built to keep them down. Unfortunately for Obama, he has to deal with the recession caused by the Bush administration tax cuts. However, this economy has outraged many Americans, again mostly white, and has caused the popularity of the Tea Party movement and political pundits from FOX and KTKZ AM 1380 t skyrocket to even higher levels, organizations that Afro Americans deem very offensive and examples institutionalized racism, which have only tightened their respect and loyalty to the President

    August 9, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  123. Mark

    There are many reasons why blacks continue to support President Obama in such great numbers. The first reason is because we believe he is genuinely trying to move the country forward and is doing a fairly food job, despite having inherited an economy that is worse than at any time since the depression. Second, blacks realize that President Obama battling forces whose only intent is to oppose anything he supports, whether good for the country or not. Finally, black people see and feel the occasional overt, but mostly subtle racism that President Obama receives from birthers, some members of the Republican and Tea Party, and others. He cannot acknowledge his feelings and it is not beneficial for us to publicly acknowledge it either, but we will support him because we silently feel and are experiencing the disrespect and his pain that he suffers.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  124. charles

    Blacks have been raised to be dependant on social programs. They side with Obama because of his expansion of social programs. Pretty simple.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  125. Steve

    Oh wow, well, it probably has a lot to do with about the same amount of blacks being self-identified Democrats, while that number is much lower in whites. Once again, you've taken something to mean something controversial when the explanation is fairly benign.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  126. ken, atlantic city, nj

    The difference is pure racism. The blacks support obama because he is black. Even though the black unemployment rate is 20% in the inner cities, and illegals are taking their jobs away they support him only because he is black.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  127. Steve

    Because all politics is identity politics, and people, generally with a rather limited understanding of what's going on in Congress, etc., support those politicians they deem most like them. You can look at demographic info (race, location, religion, church attendance, gun ownership, etc.) and basically determine how someone votes and whom they support without much else. To say that some blacks support the president based on their common shared identity and not much else is likely true, but it is indeed racist to say that only black folks do this, while whites judge on the merits. A whole lot of white folks dislike the president because he is not "like them", either in race, or perceived religion, or background (Ivy League), etc. It's not a new story in American politics.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  128. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ – two reasons – racism, and false propaganda from Right Wing Talk Radio and Fox News

    August 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  129. John J

    Jack: We simply should not alter our Constitution just because it politically suits one party or the other. Republicans are using this to pander for votes. It's disgusting and I hope Americans will see through it.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  130. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    just read the first 28 comments on the subject and almost EVERY ONE mentioned race. you just have to watch "Faux News" to see how the right wing media has stoked the fire of racial unrest since Obama became President. every day their is a "be afraid, be VERY afraid" (of Black people) story on that modern electronic version of "Der Sturmer", those who buy into their baloney have obviously become polarized.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  131. Karen Hanks

    So much racism in this country. I am white and I see it here in Texas.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  132. reynard

    Maybe those who give him a poor rating don't approve of getting things done that will help the common man. This president, agree or disagree with his policies, has made change and has gotten things done against the will of many. These people will disagree this country into the ground rather than participate in meaningful debate and compromise.
    It shows how far we have to go as a society. That gap is the same in all sectors of intergrated society.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  133. andyz

    The media focuses American political opinion and for whatever reason the media seems to be more anti-Obama than the NeoCons. I hope that the American voting public remembers tha it is the Republican party that has done a yeoman's work ensuring that the Democrats, even with their huge majority, would not accomplish any productive legislation. I won't forget the Republican Party's non-cooperation.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  134. Colin

    Obviously at least one of the groups is judging him by the color of his skin. Since his skin color hasn't changed, but the polls have, either the whites have just learned that Obama is half black, or the blacks are not objectively responding to the survey

    August 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  135. AinMO

    If people would pull their heads out of their rear ends, then maybe they would remember that Obama ran on heathcare reform. He ran on immigration reform. He ran on ending the conflicts. Yeah the world hasn't changed over night, but it is getting better. When will people realize that if you truly want change, then get the incumbants out of Congress. These people get a pay increase each year unless they vote it down. They get cost of living increases, they also lease vehicles and pay for them with our tax dollars. These people waste so much of our money, and we just ignore them. We are too worried about what the President is doing. NEWS FLASH: The President can't do much without Congress' consent... So wisen up America. Stop focusing on race and religion and whatever petty crap you want to pull, and focus on the job at hand. I'd say Obama is doin a darn good job given what he was left to work with and WHO he was left to work with!

    August 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  136. reynard

    Jack, ask a question about why the black farmers have not gotten the money that has been duely awarded because of the descrimination of a federal agency. ask questions that really count.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  137. Rodney from Little Rock

    What's the ratio of black to white Americans who are Republican? Take that answer and multiply it by the notion that black Americans may still be on a victorious high right now (and rightly so), and I'll bet you come close to your answer.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  138. Bonnie in Arkansas

    The right wing keeps pushing racial issues to divide us and make us forget that it's really about rich and poor. It's not the government that is sucking us dry, it's the corporations.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  139. jim

    Could be that Blacks have waited a long time for recognition and want to back their own or it could be that White people still can't handle anyone else in power. White Christian Male vs Black Male or White Woman, tough for some to accept change.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  140. NHG CC TEX

    My only surprise with this question, is why are you surprised, why are you even asking it? Some things just explain themselves, this is for sure one of them. First black president in the history of the United States. Wait till the first woman is president, then you will ask us why does our president have a higher approval rating among women then men, come on Jack the writing is on the wall, you know that!!

    August 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  141. reynard

    I give this question an approval rating of zero.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  142. Ken in NC

    Jack, you are going to get all kinds of reasons for a 56 point difference between Blacks and Whites because that is the survey results. Nothing big to shout about.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  143. Nancy, Tennessee

    Blacks are very proud of President Obama. They don't care if he fails to keep his campaign promises because he is black and he is in the White House. Think about it.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  144. Kathy Robbins

    Because Barack Obama broke the black glass ceiling. Finally, blacks in this great nation know they can pursue election to the highest office in the land. However, fire hoses and german shepherds didn't end racism in this land of freedom 40 years ago. It's still very much alive. And the low percentage of whites who approve of our current President reflect that.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  145. Delia, Katy, TX

    Jack, come on ... you know why - it's the strategy of that other "news" network to scare white people into thinking he's a racist, nazi, fascist, etc.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  146. Jacqueline Mongeot

    Skin color does matter. Yet, scratch the skin the same red blood flows for all of us, of any color or any race.
    Also, minorities learned to be patient. Most white people expect instant reward. President Obama had a full plate, he can succed only one bite at a time.
    Jacqueline, San Diego, CA

    August 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  147. dennis from Minneapolis, MN

    Im sorry could you please add to his statistics "support from Americans". This is racist garbage plain and simple. Way to draw lines buddy.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  148. Shari from Madison WI

    I'm going to hazard a guess as to why this is: Despite all the progress that has been made between blacks and whites, both groups still have many people who are racist. It's too bad because this divide shows that this country has a long long way to having true equality.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  149. Addeline - GA

    Obama has been given every opportunity and more to prove he is up to the job but his leadership leaves a lot to be desired especially to those who follow government activities closely. The gap in approval ratings will always be there because blacks are more racist than whites and very prejudiced and will support him no matter what.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  150. Mark from Boston

    Jack,

    You have two perspectives, and somewhere in between lies the TRUTH. Whites, for the most part, are just giving Obama a grade solely on his performance based on expectations. You also have a small minority that are racist and either don't realize it or wont admit it. But, the media makes it seem like MOST who disagree with Obama are simply racist.. Blacks are more patient and base their decisions on the lesser of two evils. Many actually disagree with some of Obama's policies but find it impossible to support the divisive agenda of the party of "NO" and "hate radio". Most Americans would rather take a step in the right direction than stand still ReFudiating and doing nothing.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  151. wm in Texas

    Jack,
    Simple.

    There are more whites making more than $250,000.00/yr than minorities. The 30 million rich whites vote in large numbers.

    They get polled more too. The media are owned by corporate-person billionaires and know on which side of their toast is buttered. Better hired than fired.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  152. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Okay Jack, isn't Obama 50/50? Black father, white mother? The real rub is this, he's authorized more spending than we can cover in my and probably my kids lifetime. He's flying around in Air Force One at a cost per hour of $50,000.00 as reported by CNN. What's it costing taxpayers for this "fund raising junket" to Texas today? His wife is in Spain for a week on our nickle, what does Air Force Two cost to run? He hasn't been tranparent. He shoved health care that more states are becoming disgruntled about. Wall Street is getting richer, more homes are being foreclosed on. His economic recovery never got off the ground. Jobs by his own admission, are not out there. So yes, I guess more than a few folks are displeased. My bank account is empty and I can't write hot checks, how come the government can?

    August 9, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  153. charlotte veazie

    Perhaps blacks have more to gain from the social programs supported by this White House, however, I am a 64 year old white female from Memphis, Tn. and I strongly support President O'Bama's administration.

    Speaking of governing by "divine right", did we learn nothing from the previous eight years and the present reign of "No!' in the House and Senate? We have John Boenner(Representative from Ohio), promising us on a daily basis, that when he returns the Speaker of the House after the midterm elections he wil overturn health care, expand tax cuts, raise the age of social security to 72 years of age, etc.
    Lot's of luck if you are elderly, poor, black or of another ethnic minority.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  154. Alistair

    Blacks support President Obama because they know that GOP and Michael Steele don't offer any solution. Plus the GOP continues to play the race baiting card by demonizing Hispanics and some of Obama's policies.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  155. KCLaw

    Racial conflicts in this country are like crashes at a NASCAR race. Everyone expects one, but no one will admit they are waiting to see one happen.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  156. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    As a white elderly man I expect my wants to be met, while Black America desire their needs to be met. No human can meet humanities consistant wants, but all humanity must meet our fellow humans needs.

    Obama does meet the needs of the American people, and until us spoiled whites lessen our demands and look towards ourselves, no President will be totally approved of.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  157. Walter

    Oh those laughable libs. They claim that it's those nasty Republicans who are to blame for Obama's abysmal ratings among white voters. Get over it lefties. 37%! Clearly a lot of your fellow libs are disenchanted with him as well as most Republicans. Once he loses his carte blanche to push through all his big government bills come January, one can only "hope" that "change" will finally come. Also, blaming racism for Obama's low numbers among whites begs the response of reverse racism for his high numbers among blacks. You've got to wonder what would it take for blacks to disapprove of Obama.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  158. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Part of the problem may be that THE MEDIA (including you, Jack) are painting this Obama White House as out-of-touch with the American people.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  159. IKHAN san jose ca

    Hi Jack,

    we admit it or not, it boils down to the fact that groups have emerged right after Obama's election who are surviving on racism & others who are jumping on the band wagon. You just have to feel the undercurrent in Tea Party rallies, the Birthers,white majority states & cities, among those Republicans who see an opportunity here to claw back to power.
    Or just read the blogs.Hate Obama slogan is doing the circuits.
    A person of color in the White House doesn't go down well with many.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  160. jacob

    Jack,
    It's a double-standard. I'll go ahead and say it – racism. President Bush spent almost 880 days on vacation. Before him, President Reagan spent almost 870 days on vacation. Why is it ok for a conservative white man to spend 30% of his presidency on vacation, but when our black president's wife takes a vacation it's earth-shaking?
    President Bush set up a 2nd White House at his Crawford, TX ranch. What did that cost us?
    The fact that a "conservative" newspaper columnist for the U.K. has an issue with our president doesn't mean anything to me. What white voters in the U.S. need to look at are his accomplishments. Why does no one look at race-to-the-top, climate change, financial regulation, equal pay for women, etc? Why, refer back to the double-standard.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  161. Denny from Tacoma

    Until we quit polling black and white opinions separately, we will never grow as a united nation. Obama is our president and we as a nation elected him as such.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  162. John from San Antonio

    Because race still plays a major role, for both races, whether we want to admit it or not. Also most loyalties still lie with a political party, ideology has nothing to do with it.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  163. Connie, Chicago

    there is a common thread running through the readers: Polarization. White non-supporters of Pres. Obama can pinpoint every flaw, criticism and problem with his administration, irrespective of the fact of al that he's accomplished in 18 months. Black responders are giving him support for his accomplishments and constructive criticism for his faults. Where where the non-supporters during Bush 1 years of lying, stealing, and bullying the American people?

    August 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  164. Jan - Lancaster, PA

    There has been a constant drum beat by the media and right wing encouraging racial bias since this President took office. There has been a constant barrage of attacks against this man ... not necessarily his policies, largely because the right wing has no solutions to this country's problems. This man has done more than any other President in the time he has been in office to address huge problems left by the last Administration. So what if he takes a helicopter to an event ... we don't know the security issues at the time. And, if this first lady wants to take her children on a vacation again, so what, previous first families have globe trotted without question. One vacation like this isn't a problem for me. This family has earned it.
    By the way ... I'm not black.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  165. Jackie McCardell Jr.

    Jack, if you take a tour of the White House, and see all the portraits of the Presidents of the "United" States of America, you'll understand why there's a 56% difference between Black and White voters in Approval rating. As a matter of fact, I guarantee if you take a comparison of White approval ratings for the President vs, EVERY other races, you'll see that Whites are the lowest.

    August 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  166. Dwayne Byrum

    Jack, Whites seem to be more susceptible to rhetoric designed to prey on their fears concerning such topics as health care reform. It also does not help when you go to church and your pastor is broadcasting anti Obama b.s. such as 1) He may be the antichrist 2)He introduced a stamp for Muslim holidays with proceeds going to Muslim groups 3) Blaming current health care costs on Obamas health care bill...etc...all false. I have received forwarded emails from various friends, relatives, and churches all over the U.S. on a weekly basis and it drives me crazy!

    August 9, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  167. Susan Blackwell

    The answer is simple. Most Blacks still remember the problems Obama inherited with the economy. Apparently Whites do not. They know that it will take time for it to recover. Obama has two major legislation that has passed. The Clinton's health initiative never made it to a committee. My question is: Why is it that this President has not been given his due? I think you know the answer.

    August 9, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
  168. John in Dallas

    My guess is it's the same reason there was a 52% difference between blacks who voted for Obama, 95%, and whites who voted for him, 43%. But I could be mistaken.

    August 9, 2010 at 6:47 pm |
  169. Joseph

    Jack,

    Do you like sitting idle doing nothing but handout is just keep coming? If you do, you, like 95% of blacks and democarats, will blindly support Obomer. This guy is worse than Jimmy Carter!

    August 9, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
  170. Penella In Washington DC

    This is stupid..Still pushing the 'divide' by race issue? Faux News lite...BTW, nobody in DC wishes the President drive to a nearby location, the traffic ties up and road closures are no fun, especially during rush hour. It's funny how quickly the media turned on him. The US really does deserve a President Palin...

    August 9, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  171. llynn

    Did you continuosly ask questions about race with any other Presidents" you just can't see him as just a man'

    , If every decision he makes is based on race then all of the other Presiden'ts must have been racist against blacks and other races too..

    August 9, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
  172. Ken Cofield

    If I were black, I would be full of pride at this point in America's history. As a white, I would be horrified that a black man rose to the presidency over all of the other eligible white people, also by the fact that he has risen to almost every single challenge (many too many) that has confronted him, also that he consistently has out-thought/out-strategized these same other eligible white people at every turn, also that his plans and actions are, indeed, working, and, finally, I would resent the he'll out of him for being smarter than me, a white. However, having been taken to the brink of third world status by a gum-chewing, tobacco-spittin' know-it-all white man who never thought schoolin' was important, I thank my lucky stars that Obama is in power. I trust him all the way, and if he keeps secrets from the American people, I'll just bet there's an unbelievably good reason for him to do so. That should explain the percentage points between the races. Whites are proud and sore losers. I, by the way, am white and could not be more proud of America's black president.

    August 9, 2010 at 11:14 pm |
  173. Alea

    Here is the Problem! We are in extremely tough economic times. Whites seem to feel the President is moving his agenda toward minorities, pushing for education, push for health care, these are the things whites have taken for granted, meaning they always had, so now if minories are now educated and viewed as capable of running for office, well that sends a message of intimidation for whites. Just look at the workplace and check with EEOC, on the claims that are being filed now. We are in a time again, where whites are looking out for whites, and viewing blacks with bitteness, saying blacks will never be over us, this is our country and we need to take it back! This is what whites are saying, I know many of them confess this to me

    August 10, 2010 at 2:09 am |