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Can President Obama win re-election if almost two-thirds of whites are opposed to him?
November 16th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Can President Obama win re-election if almost two-thirds of whites are opposed to him?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

With just about a year to ago until Election Day, the U.S. is a racially divided nation when it comes to President Barack Obama.

Consider this: A new CNN/Opinion Research Poll shows 61% of whites disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job vs. 36% who don’t – that’s almost two-to-one. For non-whites, it's almost the mirror image. Only 32% disapprove while 67% approve.

For a president who was supposed to symbolize a post-racial America, this is not good news. When Obama defeated John McCain in 2008, he did it with significant support from white Americans.

Exit polls showed Obama won 43% of white voters. That was the largest share of white support in a two-man race since 1976. Among young white voters, Obama did even better, getting 54% of their support. If Obama wants a second term, he needs to win back support from more white Americans in the coming months.

Meanwhile our new poll shows other results that could spell trouble for Obama. Overall, he gets a 46% approval rating, with 52% saying they disapprove.

When you compare that rating with recent incumbents running for re-election, the president ranks only above Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford. They both lost their re-election bids. Most incumbents who win re-election had an approval rating above 50% a year before the election.

Finally, the poll shows 54% of the crucial independent voters disapprove of the job Obama is doing.

The president has got his work cut out for him.

Here’s my question to you: Can President Obama win re-election if almost two-thirds of whites are opposed to him?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Robert in Florida:
Well, Jack, it’s nice to see CNN is still a valued member of the president’s re-election campaign. Let’s just further divide an already divided country by trying to make this about race. The president is in over his head and people are beginning to realize this administration has only made a bad economy worse. His polices do more to inhibit job growth than encourage it. You can’t keep borrowing money that takes years to repay to create jobs that only last for months. The bottom line is: it’s the bottom of the seventh and we’re losing the game so it’s time to replace the pitcher.

Richard in Texas:
Of course Obama has a chance of winning. Look who his competition is: You have a Republican field which consists entirely of ignorance, arrogance, stupidity and foolishness. This is a slam dunk for Obama and he doesn't even have to get off of the bench. The Republicans will beat themselves. Just give then enough time.

Loren:
We can only hope that he doesn't. While there are some who think racism is involved with whites rejecting President Obama's presidency, I think that it is non-whites who still support the president who are racially motivated. While the president would like to tout that his policies bring hope to the poor, the reality is that those at the bottom continue to suffer and the pool of poor has just gotten larger.

Noel in New Mexico:
I think it all depends on who his opponent is… Given the fact that a proven office holder, ambassador, businessman, and foreign policy expert who looks presidential, Jon Huntsman, is dead last in the polls, I think Obama has a very good chance.

Avant:
Jack, There is a way for Obama to win with two-thirds whites opposing him. Let the Republican nominee be a Mormon.

JD in NH:
Have you looked at the GOP roster? Unless they come up with a viable candidate, Bozo the Clown could win a second term.

soundoff (280 Responses)
  1. sarah

    Yes Obama will definetely win re-election amid the racism of the republican teaparty ,none of these Clowns can defeat him ,GOD put him there and that's where he is going to be till 2016 and mind you dems will control both the house and the senate

    November 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
  2. wayne, va beach, va

    I think that if the US was 100% black he would lose as long as his opponent was breathing.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  3. Dan Kash

    Jack, this depends entirely just how bad the wannabe candidates keep sticking their foot in their mouths! Seems a couple of them can't focus under pressure, one who gets migranes with exposure to stress, a couple with the "dumb blond" syndrome and a couple with fidelity problems!! He may very well be able to "back in" to a re-election despite the white backlash!!

    November 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  4. John from Alabama

    Jack: No, I do not think President Obama can with only 1/3 of the white vote, but I believe that as more independent voters take a good look at Mit Romney they will accept President Obama. I really believe the Supreme Court could play a more pivotal role if they strike down the Health Care Reform Act President Obama got passed. I hope they do not strike it down. President Obama believes in doing the big things like getting the U.S.A. out of Iraq and Afghanistan, providing a better education for our children, and creating a climate for more jobs.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:19 pm |
  5. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    I think it all depends on who his opponent is. Do they oppose him more than they would oppose a Cain or a Bachmann or a Gingrich or a Perry? Or even a Romney?

    Given the fact that a proven office holder, ambassador, businessman, and foreign policy expert who looks presidential, Jon Huntsman, is dead last in the candidate polls I think Obama has a very good chance. Huntsman would take most of the independent vote away from Obama. Are Repubicans crazy? Do they have a death wish?

    November 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm |
  6. Mark

    Playing the race card again Jack? You liberals are impossible. Only your tribe sees things as black or white. Can't you just judge someone on character? And in this case, lack of. I'm white and I can't stand this guy because he's a Marxist, period. I can see the headlines now, "Obama loses election because racism still exists". Ha Ha Ha, nice try. Your guy is a complete failure as in "FAIL". BTW, I hope Cain gets the nominee and tear's your Messiah a new one. Oh wait, Cain is black, I guess I'm a racist.
    Mark in BC NV

    November 16, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
  7. Chynna from Nanaimo

    I don't know, Jack, but all I can say is that here in Canada there is no "natural-born citizen" requirement for people to run for political office, and I find it baffling that so much emphasis has been placed on the whole "birther" controversy. Then again, maybe it's not about racism, but general frustration among the people who voted in 2008. Hang in there, baby!

    November 16, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  8. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    Many I:ndependants such as I oppose Obama because he continued Bush policies regarding Iraq, Afghanistan and Wall Street. A majority of voters, including white voters, realize that a Republican vote is a vote for the corporate lobby which will continue the decimation of the middle class and concentration of power in the ultra rich. Therefore we have no choice but to hold our noses and vote for Obama.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm |
  9. Jon Campbell

    That is a racist question Jack. How about asking if Obama can win election if 2/3 of the "blacks" are for him? That is the most pathetic question you have asked.

    Jon
    Minnetonka, MN

    November 16, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  10. Bill (Tacoma)

    With the group of GOP canidates that I have seen at these republican debates; I think he has a very good chance.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  11. Bill McCurrach

    It matters not what the skin color of the opposition, if the man or woman being elected is the best for the job! Yes he can still win reelection, especially considering the dirtbag Republicans running now.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  12. David of Alexandria VA

    Stratistically, yes but just barely and only if you assume that there is any rational basis for assuming whites vote as a block in a conspiracy against non-whites,. and if every other demographic stuck with him. But, since you're into race baiting, Jack, can he win re-election if no African Americans vote for him? How about Yemeni-Americans? or Nigerian-Americans? or......

    November 16, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  13. Ben in Silver Spring, MD

    That question presupposes that most of the 66% of whites opposed to him are devoid of the intelligence necessary to pick the lesser of evils. As disappointed as I am in the president, and as open as I am to an alternative, there is none. In 2008, I considered McCain until he showed his lack of judgement in picking Sarah Palin and his comment one week before Bear-Stearns and Merrill Lynch failed that 'the fundamentals of the American economy are sound'. Everyone knew that was not the case. Assuming Romney is the opposition, we will see who he selects as his running mate and, once freed of the need to pander to the radical right, we will see where he stands on the critical issues. A rational approach to both could get him elected. On the other hand, except for his stint as governor, he has yet to show an ability to avoid pandering and flipflopping. Anyone but Romney and Obama probably wins. Romney can do himself in.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  14. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Sure, although two-thirds won't oppose him if the economy gets better next year, as it is almost certain to do, barring a crash in oil prices by speculators.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm |
  15. Joni

    I hope the president can't win and it has nothing to do with white or black.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  16. Larry in Houston

    Jack – Seriously – What kind of question is That ? It's not Just 2/3 of the White people . How about the black Voters that are polling for the "cain" ?? And the dis-affected voters that are on the "cain train" ( lot of black voters on that one) Once "the Cain" train is diminished, I predict most of his supporters will end up saying : ""anybody but Obama""

    Larry in Houston

    November 16, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  17. Ed from Texas

    Of course, if the Republicans nominate a worsecandidate.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  18. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    It looks like President Obama will be up against one of the following: A robot, an angry jerk, or a rube. This is a choice that transcends race, party and all other such divisions. He can and should win, Jack.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
  19. Terri from East Tn

    Whites are not the only voters. But for some more of the whitel population to support him wiill depend on the Republican nominee and how popular that candidate is. Also, if a third party candidate is thrown into the mix, it could help him. Remember Ross Perot?

    November 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  20. Dennis Greenlees

    Sure he can and will. Wait until the "OPRAH NATION" joins in next year! She has the ability to amass voters by the millions, and when she once again comes forward, then the Tea party will add whiskey to their tea. Sorry, but congress will return to the Democratic majority as well, in which they should anyway.

    November 16, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  21. Richard Texas

    Sure he can. Just remember that even dead people in America vote and all it takes is a few more votes then the other guy. With organizations dedicated to getting Obama reelected and the desire to get out of the middle east by almost every American his chances are even better. The American people have good memories and they know what happened the last time republicans took over the Whitehouse. They are in no hurry to repeat it.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  22. Cy Gardner

    Two thirds of white people aren't going to vote for Herman Cain, or Rick Perry. Will two thirds of white people vote for a serial flip flopper like Mitt Romney? Anyone can say they don't like the President in a poll, but AT the polls? The Republicans are going to nominate someone who is repugnant to more than two thirds of white people. Who do you like: the Man who killed Osama or the whiners who hate Obama? cy from arlington, va

    November 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  23. stevegee

    Jack,

    In 2008, millions of voters were duped by that "hope and change" snake oil. What's the saying, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." So can he get reelected? NObama!

    Steve in Philly

    November 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  24. Thom Richer

    Manipulated and contrived numbers that have no validity. As it stands now, there is no candidate running for the presidency that will win in 2012. That leaves Obama. While it may be true that two-thirds of American whites are prejudiced, they will still vote for the best man. Black or White. By the way, isn't Obama half of one and half of another? Wonder why we refer to him as being Black instead of White? Surely not prejudice? Even if your two-thirds poll is correct, come election day they will vote for the best man and out of the entire mix, Obama is that man.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    November 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  25. Mike North Port, FL

    Jack, make no mistake about it. It was white independents who elected him and it may very well be white independents who end the reign of "hope". The economy will determine who two thirds of whites vote for!

    November 16, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  26. Jk from Minnesota

    I have to ask 2/3 of what group of Whites? Better fact check the source of the poll. I find the cast of crazy candidates the GOP has rolled out far more troubling to me. I find it amusing how bad the memory of the electorate is – the GOP had the White House and BOTH houses of congress in the Bush Admin and enacted legislation that goes against every economics 101 rule – cutting revenue at the same time they were spending on programs and wars without totally funding them. Is this what you REALLY want to go back to, America!

    November 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  27. Pete in Georgia

    I hope not. What's amazing is that it's only 2/3. This so called president blatantly discriminates against white folks without a care in the world, and if they are wealthy they're evil in his eyes.
    A charming, clever deceiver without compare.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  28. David in Tampa

    I don't know but I think the Republican Party, at least in the state of Florida, is working hard to disenfranchise the young, poor and people of color. From gerrymandering districts, to arresting teachers for registering high school seniors to vote, over the years both parties have enough to be ashamed.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  29. Gary H. Boyd

    Well, now you're getting into higher math Jack. Let's say there are 310 million legal citizens in America of all ages. Let's say half of those are of voting age which would be 155 million. Let's say 70% of those are white which would be 105 million and 2/3rds of those oppose Obama. That would be about 63 million.against. Now the 30% who are non-white would be about 47 million and some of those might not like him either – say 10% so we add 5 million to the 63 million and we end up with 68 million against him versus about 71 million for him. which brings the non-white total to around 42 million. Now we add in the 1/3 of whites who like Obama (about 31 million) to the 42 million non-white and the total is 73 million Bottom line - it'll be damn close.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    November 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  30. Dennis north carolina

    I believe that this question is not proper and has un-truths stated in it. you are using polls for your stats and they are false. If you polled one million people which is never done, you would still have false stats to say 2/3 of whites would not vote for Obama. also where the poll was taken and how the question or questions were stated could also make the polls false. I believe that the general public no longer believe in polls!!!!

    November 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  31. Paul From Austin Texas

    The election is almost a full year away. The GOP race for the top spot as candidate against Obama should preview the outcome next year. There is just to much time to put any weight towards which way the wind will blow in November 2012. The figures from your sources can change in a heart beat and do in most races for the White House.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  32. Phyllis G. Williams

    Can President Obama win re-election if almost two-thirds of whites are opposed to him?

    If they are against a white woman's child the fate will follow their children. You do not' sow corn and reap peas'.
    King David said "They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head:
    they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully. are mighty" (Psalm 69: 4) but
    God was with him, and it is God Who chooses Presidents (Daniel 4: 25,32; 5: 21).

    November 16, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  33. fred richmond,va

    yes he can win re-election look at our choices a flip flopper (romney) a george w bush texas clone (perry) a man accused several times of sexual harrasement and money was paid to keep them quiet (cain). a woman that if sarah palin ask if we thought she was dumb we would reply.. you betcha....(bachmann) .

    the only true challange would be ron paul he is for the 99% but the big companys are not gonna support him he would get rid of the illegals working here so their profits would go down instead of making 11 billion in profit they would make only 9 billion in profit .
    he would proscute bush,cheny and rumsfield for war crimes for ordering torture.
    americans can see obama is trying and he was handed a mess by george w bush who republicans want the americans to forget very quickly to put it in perspective george w bush borrowed enough money from china to give a stimlus check to each jobless person laid off in 2008 for at least 2,000 dollars each.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  34. Doug Ericson

    If all he has to do is beat Romney he can. Thats why Romney is the Poster Boy for the Republican Establishment. They are counting on him to lose. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  35. Richard Texas

    Of course Obama has a chance at winning. Look who his competition is. You have a republican field which consists entirely of ignorance, arrogance, stupidity and foolishness crammed into the best the republicans have to offer. This is a slam dunk for Obama and he doesn't even have to get off of the bench. These guys will beat themselves. Just give then enough time.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  36. Gerry

    You didn't cite how many blacks support/oppose him. I don't think Obama has a chance at re-election. That said, that could certainly change if you substituted Hilary Clinton or better yet, Bill Clinton in Obama's place. I believe that any Democratic candidate would have a better chance of winning than Obama. I accept that Bill Clinton can't run and the Republicans are extremely grateful that he can't.

    Gerry
    Ash Fork, Az.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
  37. Ken in Victoria BC

    In due course, all USA voters including white voters will examine the factors and can only conclude Mr. Obama is the best person for the job. GOP candidates can not win the support of middle of the road voters.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  38. Jim

    Jack,

    You're forgetting a couple of things, not to mention engaging in wishful thinking. First, Obama has not begun any real campaigning yet while his opponents have been lobbing propaganda bombs at him since he took the oath of office. Second, he will likely face either Gingrich or Romney. Can he win? Of course, and he will end up with a whole lot more than two thirds of the white vote. A better question, considering the disgusting, hateful, pro-torture caricature that the GOP has morphed into would be "Could he possibly lose?" I think not. Obama is still the only adult in the room.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    November 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  39. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Yes, he can be re-elected. The Republicans are in disarray with the leading candidate constantly changing. That means that whoever wins the nomination will have minority support at best. And that in turn means that a lot of Republicans aren't going to vote next November.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  40. Virginia - Atlanta, GA

    As a 70 year old white woman living in Georgia, I resent the suggestion that 2/3 of whites are unable or too shortsighted to see that President Obama is the best person for the job at this time. The Democrats don't get the truth out very well, but some ultra right wingers repeat their misinformation so frequently that some not so well informed people believe them.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  41. Miguel Morris

    I believe the On The Job Training our President has received has been spectacular. His successes are manly due to the superb military he has commanded. His Secretary of State is a wonderful leader and would have been a marvelous President. The major flaws will also remain as part of his legacy. Our President has run out of of time to solve the 9% unemployment problem. However, as it was with President Carter,it is time for change. We need a President that can handle multi-tasking and hit the ground running and keep running untl the jobs are done and he is out of breath. However, there only appears to be one Republican Candidate that can beat our current President and his name is Newt Gingrich. Mr. Romney would make an excellent Vice President. Austin, Texas.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  42. MYSTEROIUS

    Yes. But, because when you consider his challengers, I just don't think all of the "white" voters will decide to jump back into the cesspool that is the Republican party.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  43. Larry -Denver

    By the time the real election takes place and the Republicans have no better alternative, Obama wins! forget color, MOST people will be smart enough to recognize the better of two evils (most people).

    November 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  44. Ed from California

    Jack are you referring to the Southern White with a beat up old pick-up truck w/the Easy Rider rifle rack and absolutely no education, Oxycontin popping, idiot? If so, I do believe you. But, if you watch your channel at all. You'll see the tide is turning. Prop.2 in Ohio defeated. The bigot in AZ, lost his election. WI recalled the Senators who screwed up their state. A recall election is on for Scott Walker. The Gov in Fla, is next to go, very unpopular. The Gov in Ohio is in big trouble. The young are waking up w/the coordination effort of many cities with the kicking out the Occupy people form a peaceful assembly. Jack, Obama is in. Anyone w/a Tea or an R at the end of their names are toast. Jack, don't lend them any money, they won't have a job to pay you back. All of our friends are mad as hell with Boehner and his party. Where are the jobs? And Jack, stop looking at polls....they scare you, and it's way too early for them...anyway.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  45. David , Laguna Niguel CA

    Jack why does the press want to make this into a race issue? It is about his dismal record since taking office:

    November 16, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  46. Frances

    As a whit woman I find that question very offensive. I know many white women in my community who will volunteer and vote to reelect President Obama. He is the smartest man in the room. He was able to get health care reform passed over the obstruction of the tea party Republicans. He killed Osama bin Laden. And much more.

    Not to mention the tea party loonies running on the Republican side. They won't even look at the one smart, sane person in their party...John Huntsman is the only one who would not scare the socks off me.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  47. Brad, Portland, OR

    It doesn't really matter how many people disapprove of Obama, as long as MORE people disapprove of the Republican nominee.

    The Presidential election isn't a referendum, it's a choice.

    Either Obama or the Republican nominee is going to be the next President. Even if the voters don't like either choice, those are their only options. So maybe they'll hold their noses and vote for the person they dislike the least, and that person could still be Obama.

    November 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  48. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    So long as questions like this continue to be asked, how can the United States expect discrimination to go away? As for Obama, I'm not voting for him because I'm not happy with the job he's done. I'm not voting for whomever wins the Republican nomination becauase I don't have faith that he, or she, will do anything to help the unemployed. Just a sasd situation no matter how you look at it.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  49. Patrick Healy

    So now CNN is playing the “RACE CARD” too??!!!! What, did CNN get bought out by Rupert Murdoch or something? Now I would like to believe that “two-thirds of whites” are not racist for opposing Obama and I would also like to believe that “two-thirds of whites” are not stupid for opposing Obama, but election season is still in its infancy and it has a lot of growing up to do before it reaches the general elections.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
  50. Robert Florida

    Well Jack, it’s nice to see CNN is still a valued member of the Presidents reelection campaign. Let’s just further divide an already divided country by trying to make this about race. The president is in over his head and people are beginning to realize this administration has only made a bad economy worse. His polices do more to inhibit job growth than encourage it. You can’t keep borrowing money that takes years to repay to create jobs that only last for months. The bottom line is it’s the bottom of the seventh and we’re losing the game so it’s time to replace the pitcher.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  51. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    As you well know, a year in politics is an 'eon' ... much can and likely will happen in coming months. Until the Republicans can field a candidate who isn't nightly fodder for late-night comedians and editorial cartoonists, Mr. Obama's re-election chances look rather good.

    Rick,
    Medina,OH

    November 16, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  52. Loren

    We can only hope that he doesn't. While there are some who think racism is involved with whites rejecting President Obama's presidency, I think that it is non-whites who still support the President who are racially motivated. While the President would like to tout that his policies bring hope to the poor, the reality is that those at the bottom continue to suffer and the pool of poor hs just gotten larger.

    While the President means well, meaning well isn't enough, and one need only look at the City of Chicago to see that the President's affinity for Chicago-style politics is a precursor to more Potemkin style villages across our country.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  53. Avant

    Jack there is a way for Obama to win with two-thirds whites opposing him. Let the republican nominee be a Mormon.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  54. Rich in Gainesville FL

    It must be a slow news day. Trying to predict what voters will do more than 11 months from now is pretty pointless.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  55. laura from willis

    Willis, Texas...Of course he can. I trust that the 2/3 Whites are NOT so racist, that they would actually vote for one of the IDIOT GOP Candidates. In my 66 years, I have NEVER seen such a gathering of Darwin Darlings, as this crew of WANNA BE PRESIDENT Contenders!

    November 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  56. Rick McDaniel

    The race of those opposing Obama, is not relevant. Those who oppose him, do so, because of one glaring problem.....he is a spendthrift. They don't like his policies, they don't like the methods used to pass bad legislation, and they don't like his failure to deal with enforcement of immigration laws, nor his refusal to allow states to enforce our laws.

    The list of "don't likes" is very long with this President.

    One thing we are all sick of, is trying to play the race card......when race has nothing to do, with his unpopularity with the voters.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  57. Bill of New Mexico

    With Obama's record...

    With Obama's failure to produce the promised "change"...

    Obama should not have a chance in hell.

    But, look at the Republican candidates! lousy! lousy!

    It is a toss up.

    Barring something occuring in this next year, it will be late in the night, or Wednesday morning, before we know who won.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  58. Annie, Atlanta

    Given the clow act that is the GOP, most definitely. I never thought I'd live to see the day where one party in our two party system treated our electoral process as a joke.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  59. Annie, Atlanta

    Given that the GOP has decided to destroy this country's economy just to put one man out of a job, yes.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  60. Greg McCarthy

    Jack, I have always thought that it was strange that noone refers to the President as not simply half black,but black period. It seems that no matter what % black he is,he is still black only? He is also half white. It seems that racism is only masked by using today's 'politically correct' terms. The issue seems to still be ever-present. If they want to,just vote for the white half of Obama. One vote for a half-white person times 3/5 of a human being per the Constitution of old simply means he will need many more votes than 'normally required' to win re-election. Greg M. FL

    November 16, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  61. Ralph Sato

    More important than the racial divide for President Obama is the lack of enthusiasm for his re-election among young people, this time. It is the youth vote which is less sensitive to race that made the difference in 2008 for Obama.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  62. Noe

    This question just goes to show how much the American people don't trust republicans. Mickey mouse has a better chance of winning than the field of republicans do... Laughable..

    November 16, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  63. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Jack I am a white man and I support president Obama as of now. I hope and pray that in this time of our history we will not vote for a man because he is black. If we do we are doomed. When I hear people like Rush Limbaugh make racial statements and see posters carried by some tea party members that are downright disgusting makes me literally sick to my stomach. We need to elect the right person and after watching the sideshow of what we call the republican debates I think president Obama is that person.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  64. Karl in Flint

    Jack, how many of that 61% will vote for a GOP nut case? It isn't his approval that will matter, it's the disapproval of what/whoever the GOP run against him. We don't vote for a candidate, we vote against a candidate. I think more voted against McCain-Palin, Palin in particular, then actually voted for Obama. Obama will be just fine.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  65. Conor in Chicago

    A poll is not a cast ballot. If I am actually someone who answers the land line phone and takes a survey it's easy to watch the news all morning, get upset about what you see, and then say you are unhappy with the President. It's a whole other thing to actually vote the other person in November of 2012.

    These polls really don't mean anything and only serve to reinforce the medias obsession...with itself.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  66. Sylvia from San Diego

    It doesn't matter what color or race one is, it's pretty obvious that the American people have figured out that Obama does not know what he is doing and is in over his head. I hope AMERICA gets it right in 2012 and sends him back to Chicago to continue his community work which I hope he is better at than leading our nation.....

    November 16, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  67. Louise in Georgia

    I understand CNN is once again trying to make this contest about race, but bottom line is the majority of people are opposed to Obama's policies. He has not lived up to his soaring hope and change rhetoric; unemployment and the economy are stagnant; the promise of a new Washington free of lobbyists did not come to fruition and although the President preached there would no longer be a red America or blue America but one America, he has overseen the most divisive government in history and with each new speech he points an accusatory finger at congress and divides them even more by pitting democrats against republicans. You lose an election when the people are no longer inspired or support you, not just when whites are against you. Shame on you CNN. You are following the presidents lead by now trying to pit ethnic groups against each other in this country. I for one am looking for someone who can begin to repair this great nation and start uniting Americans.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  68. bud rupert

    What the polls say now versus what happens on election day when we all have a choice of whom to vote is what counts.
    President Obama will get his second term.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  69. john thomas

    I guess I don't understand polls Jack. I always thought I was white but there might have been a Cherokee somewhere in my family. Does that make me un-white? Yes and I thought I was an independent voter too. I 'm going to vote for Obama. Now I'm not sure if I'm an independent anymore. Maybe I'm a demarcate that hasn't come out of the closet yet. And that 46% approval rating poll? Put that up against anyone of the GOP candidates and he's our president for the next four years.
    John Thomas from the Florida Keys

    November 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  70. Toni

    No, he cannot! I am a Black female and I don't think many minorities will support him this time around either! I will not! He dropped the ball for three years only now wanting to pick it up because it is an election year! He has ignored the very same people who voted him in and I will not give him another chance to ignore me again!

    South Carolina

    November 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  71. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Jack

    Why pray tell does the media/you always have to bring race into our discussions. If anyone other than the media brings up race then the media will label the person as "playing the race card", but the media seems to have a hidden agenda to keep race in the forefront of the American people's minds. Give it rest will you!!

    November 16, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  72. Jane in CA

    I am one of the white Americans who is not happy with the way the president has handled his job so far. That said, when I look at the choices offered by the Republican party, there is not one who I would prefer, rather the contrary. If the choice is Obama and any of the current candidates, I would have to vote for Obama. I would rather have a president who doesn't do enough to make things better than one who will definitely make things worse. The Republicans have already said they will increase unemployment if elected, increase taxes on the poor and middle class, eliminate any hope of having disease-free food or safe water, let bridges collapse and make sure that national disasters receive no assistance. And they would torture people. Why would any sane person vote for that?

    November 16, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  73. MARK, OKLAHOMA CITY

    Jack, so many African-Americans stood in line to vote for Obama three years ago with hopes that everything was about to change for them .....only to find out they had elected another political windbag of empty promises. Those voters won't be standing in any freezing weather to vote for Obama a 2nd time around.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  74. Bob from Bellmore, New York

    Yes he can. Once the Republicans choose one of their unqualified candidates to run against him everything will change. The only way I see Obama losing is if a third party candidate runs, no one gets an electoral majority, and the election is thrown into the House of Representatives.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  75. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, it all depends on who the Republicans nominate for their candidate. If they run a far right candidate, which is almost quaranteed, then a lot of independent white voters may well swing back over to Obama.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  76. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    You could also conclude, race has no effect on voting. Obama was elected for change. People are unhappy with his politics, not the color of his nose. A large portion of those who would not vote for Obama support Cain. The answer is clear. Most Americans vote on issues not race. Playing the race card may be fun at the Barber Shop but that's about all.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
  77. Paulette Bent

    Yes. Many people will be voting "against" the other candidate and therefore Obama.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  78. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: When you look at the candidates that are seeking the Presidency--–the American people may not approve of Obama--but they are surely not going to elect a Republican. Human emotions are difficult to interept--and polls-are just a measure of the emotional frame of mind at a point in time. There is a "Hail Mary" in play-–and I believe Obama will be re-elected--not because of popularity or approval-–but by necessity.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  79. Gustavo

    South Miami, Fl. Yes, I don't think (at least I hope not) that the run for president is going to be decided solely on race alone. I'm pretty sure that the majority of "white folk" that are educated and NOT RACIST will elect the president on his character,achievements and his clean personal image. I mean it shouldn't be that hard to elect him, the only threat the Republicans have are Newt and Mitt and they are flimsy compared to the president. But like always I could be wishing on the stars that the presidential race might come down to who has the lighter skin tone. SAD SAD SAD.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
  80. HJ - Saint Paul, MN

    Of course he can. Polls don't take into account who the people would have to vote for instead of Obama. Even if people disapprove of him, voting Republican is much scarier.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
  81. David from Herndon, VA

    Most people I know are disappointed with him. But take a look at the other options. Hermain Cain? Perry? Romney? Newt? Come on.

    Obama has made some serious mistakes, but those other guys are a bunch of clowns.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  82. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Yes he can if 95% of the blacks vote for him which they will. He will pick up 70% of the hispanics who like the fact that he has done nothing to remove the 12 milion illegals, and he will get all of the white liberals who still think he is a liberal, and are scared to death to vote for a republican like romney who unlike obama is actuallya liberal. Either way nothing will change for main street, because obama is owned by wall street.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  83. Kim, Dodge City, KS

    He can turn it around if he would just quit being so nice to Congress and start kicking some butt. He needs to be the people's champion against a Congress that is decidedly against America.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  84. Bill from North Carolina

    No. Nothing else needs to be added.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  85. Rex in Portland, Oregon

    If 2/3 of the whites in the USA are opposed to Obama and remain that way as urged by the establishment then he has no chance of being reelected. It is simple arithmetic. However – and there remains a very slim chance of this – if 2/3 of the white people in the USA ignore the $ talk and start thinking for themselves then Obama has a rosy future. He could remain the whipping "boy" of the $ talkers for another four years. It isn't the color that bothers the 2/3, Jack, it is the propaganda constantly flooding from the top.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  86. Alex in wisconsin

    I would be more worried about the voter suppression happening in the Republican states than I would about the lack of support President Obama has among the white voters. I'm confident that by time the conventions are over, most voters, white and otherwise, will be more engaged with the issues and will see that the current republican prescriptions for the country's problems comes with a skull and crossbones on the label.

    November 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
  87. s in fl

    I'm white, Jack, and I very much disapprove of the way Obama's handling his job, very similar to the way I disapprove of parents who can't handle their dysfunctional screaming kids. But I do not oppose him in any way, shape of form. Disapproval and opposition are two completely different animals. If there's on place I DON'T see any opposition to his re-election, it would be from the current field of GOP contenders. Basically, I guess I don't even understand the point of your question. Sounds more like a GOP talking point to me.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  88. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,

    I don't think he has to worry too much. Reason being is that the combination of White & non-White voters who will vote for him will outnumber the others in the majority, and they will be in areas where the larger portions of Electoral College points will be (like California, New York, etc). Also, in some swing states President Obama will get those Electoral College numbers as well. He won't win as big as in 2008, but he'll get what he needs to get a 2nd term.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
  89. Jerry from Johns Creek, GA

    Your question is offensive. This is not a white vs black issue. I would sincerely question the veracity of your polls. The issue is leadership in a turbulent economy. The President has the title but he has no discernible leadership qualifications. What do you polls show if the race is between Obama and Cain? Would white voters stay home?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  90. Fay in Abilene Tx

    Depends on what that 61% of disapproving whites think about Obama's GOP competition, doesn't it?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  91. Troy Owen

    YES HE CAN! I believe the 99% will become a real political force. They will vote with the President, vote out the Tea Party and get the Congress back to doing something instead of what they do now.

    Troy Owen in Austin TX.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  92. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    If the election were held today with those numbers, no. But a year from now, when those same people have had time to compare and contrast him with his Republican opponent, I'm sure his approval will be higher with ALL groups of people.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  93. benny

    they are? where on earth is cnn getting these polls? well I'm not white but the only poll that matters to me is the one that will be taken in November next year, and stop with the scare tactics cnn, just months ago you were sayig Obama was polling 30% now his 46% thats either a good thing or a bad thing make up your minds. Even if you're white yellow, purple green I don't care what colour you are, we all want the same things a stable economy!! Jobs!! and a president with enough brain cells to lead us all and who we can all be proud of when he goes abroad, now if a third of white people, think, Rick Perry or Michelle Bachman or the rest of the looney toon gang will give them that, well good luck to America, I guess Obama will just be looking forward to spending more time with his family and an early retirement.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  94. Martin in New Orleans

    Since many whites voted for him in 2008, it's reasonable to conclude that his lack of support among whites is based on his performance,not race. Conversely, its just as reasonable to conclude that his continuing support among non-whites is based more on race than performance.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  95. Lene', IL

    Here comes the racial politics again! Don't call me a racist because I don't support Obama. I admit that I drank the Kool-aid during his 2008 campaign and was on his side but his skin color has nothing to do with my disapproval of him. Barrack Obama can blame himself for isolating his white supporters. He is the biggest race card playing President I have ever seen in my life and he has focused way too much on race. One would think that actually HE is racist against whites. I am tired of listening to talking heads calls people who would not re-elect him as racists. These idiots need to realize that if it were not for white people this guy would never have been elected so how could they be racist if they at least voted for him once?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  96. MashaSobaka

    I'm young. I'm white. I'm not 100% behind Obama either. Had it been up to me he never would have won the Democratic party's nomination in the first place. But that doesn't mean that I'm going to vote for anyone *but* him. I have no desire to see any of the Republican candidates get anywhere near the White House...actually I'd consider their election to be a full-blown nightmare.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  97. Paul - North Carolina

    Let's keep things in perspective here. To begin with about one third of white voters would disapprove of Obama even if the economy was booming, unemployment was zero, gas was cheap and all illegal immigrants went back to where they came from. It would not be PC to discuss that group's motivation. So only one third rationally disapproves of Obama's job perfprmance. Compared to what? George Bush? Would they prefer a Commander-in-Chief who couldn't find Libya on a map if you drew a red circle around it; or who can't remember a list of three items. I don't approve of the way Obama has handled some issues but when I look at the potential alternatives it's very easy to overlook his shortcomings. It might be easy to disapprove when a pollster asks that question but I believe most of those people will suddenly come to their senses when they have to cast a real ballot.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  98. Dan in Albuquerque

    We've got a year to go and and a sorry lot of GOP candidates. The GOP is composed mostly of white people and many are extremely to the right and racist. They tend to have most of the money, and the well-fixed often don't like helping the non-white poor and elderly by sacrificing anything in taxes. There will be a major change in the complexion of this campaign once a definite candidate is chosen. The GOP is getting many times the amount of free publicity than any opposition candidates have ever received, although it has been bad for many of them because it exposed their shortcomings. When one person is the focus of the Democrat and OWS, their weaknesses and past deeds will come to full focus. Obama's campaign has a lot of positive things to tell about, and his ratings will rise.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  99. Robin

    You can't possibly be serious that any of the Republican buffoons could beat Obama. They are a joke, every last one of them.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  100. Gina

    What matters is how so many blacks can say white people dislike Obama because he's black...I say so many blacks like him only because he is black. How can anycolor look at the job he's done and think he held up his end of the bargain and promises? How he's put off important things until right up to the election or after, Solyndra, EVERTHING this man does stinks of the same pooh as what white men of his same power do everyday but blacks don't like that...but it's ok if Obama does it. Look at Kenneth Fraiser...as dirty as any white man but the blacks love him just because he's black...it's so child like.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  101. Gigi Oregon

    He sure can...and with out corporate money. Just the vote of the poor, seniors, non white and middle class. And don't forget all those people out of work just so the Republican party can make President Obama a one term president. Oh did I forget the "occupiers" offend by the rich Republicans, insider trading by our representatives. Since none of the "Rat pack" like President Obama, he looks like our best choice. Don't worry Jack, It will make a "hell of a story" come the first Wednesday in November 2012.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  102. Brenda

    He sure can, I'm white, and I haven't been polled, in fact all 4 of us in this family are voting for Obama. His campaign will start coming on strong in months to come. The election is a year away, a lot can happen and as we watch the
    republicans clown show I think that sensible voters will elect Barack Obama, he really does care about the middle class and that is what will drive this election.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  103. Napoleon Wells

    It doen't matter how much he loses or gains from them. what matters is whether or not he'll finally stop cowtowing
    to the oppsistion & get the economy back in shape & fast.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  104. Roger in Dallas

    I shudder to think of what may happen to our country if someone other than President Obama is elected. The "choices" on the other side are at best dismal and at worst frightening. No, I don't agree with everything President Obama has done but in the big picture he should be our choice for the next four years. Hopefully by 2016 the other side will have gotten their act together and can nominate somewhat viable. That time is not now.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  105. Soo Tired

    What is the better question? Are whites racist for opposing Obama's policies, or are blacks racist for blindly supporting a failed president??? Hmmmm?? Has there ever been an issue or person that 90 percent of any group supports other than African Americans supporting black candidates?? Who really are the racists?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  106. shannon g

    Only the 2012 votes will decide, not a poll.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  107. Mark in Northern Michigan

    I am a White Male 58 years old. It is his policies stupid, not his color. I voted for him once but will not again. He is beholden to everything I abhor. He canceled the Keystone XL Pipe Line and now we again have $100.00+ a barrel oil. He buys into the Global Warming Agenda lock Stock and barrel. The only place Global warming exists is in Al Gore's simple mind. He pitches class warfare when ever he can't get his agenda passed. We are now a second rate debtor nation becasue of him. Hopefully America will have learned from this experiment and shut it and him down.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  108. Dave

    A black president had better knock it out of the park if he wants continued support from old white America. This president has done better than Bush in his first term and yet white America is ready to run back to the republicans even though the republicans are responsible for the disaster we are in today.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  109. Henry Miller, Cary, NC

    Can President Obama win re-election if almost two-thirds of whites are opposed to him?

    Of course not–and he should even have the support of non-white voters. The man has been an unmitigated disaster for the country and is more interested in cramming his far-Left ideology down our throats than in listening to what a majority of us wants. A huge majority of us have nothing but contempt for Congress, the Presidency, and Washington in general, and Obama only wants to further smother us with more taxes and government. Insanity.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  110. Rod Mannion

    White people dont care about Obama's skin color, they just don't approve of his policies.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  111. Alex in South Orange, NJ

    How come this automatically means that White Republicans are racist in some people's? Ever consider that it means Black people blindly follow Obama, or even the larger Democratic Party? Many of the same White people who now oppose him voted for him in 2008. He's doing a bad job, that's what I think most people of all races see. It's mostly just the Left wing media that obsesses over grouping people. It's the Democratic strategy, divide and conquer.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  112. bill

    when they realize who the republican nonminee is they will turn red with dread – and obama will take the election with the red and non-white vote.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  113. James Mayfield

    An alternative explanation is that Obama needs to win back support from the middle class–many of whom are white. I am a long-term Democrat that has totally lost faith in Obama's ability (with Geithner, the CEO of GE, and friends as his principal economic advisers) to restore ethical conduct in the financial sector in general and the too big to fail corporate and banking sectors.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  114. John

    Come on Jack! Although a fellow democrat, even I think your conclusion is shallow at best and reckless at worst. Perhaps you might suggest that whites simply disapprove of the job he's doing, and not the color of his skin, while blacks may be embracing unconditional love. Stop reading into polls, and reaching your own biased conclusions.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  115. Martha in CF

    Polls, polls, polls--who cares about polls. The main issue is how the compaign goes and who finally ends up with the most election counts.....I am sick of polls.....They don't mean a thing....

    November 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  116. Alan from Maine

    Not only can he, it seems likely he will. Voters will weigh not only the candidates tehmselves, but what the Republican party will likely do if elected verses what Obama and the Democrats propose. Will Obama win, or will the Republicans lose?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  117. TAK

    He can win because while people may disapprove, they disapprove of the republican alternatives even more.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  118. Gus from CA

    Disapproval on job performance is not tantamount to committing suicide. An Obama voter, I am not happy with his surrender on many issues, but politics is politics. He still stands head and shoulders over any RNC alternative at the moment, and indeed, foreseeable future. No need to go from bad to very much worse.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  119. Dave

    Mark the story you supposedly just read proves that race is a real issue in American politics. It's not playing a race card when it is true.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  120. Tired of racism labels

    If there was truly deep seated racism in this country – Obama would not have been elected to the most powerful office we can offer him. The reason white voters have rejected him is that he has been a lame duck president almost since he was elected. He waffles on any issue that is politically difficult. He has turned his back on the primary issues he was elected on. He has no power. He can't get things done. He is pushed around by the oposing party. His staunch supporters are gravely disappointed. Neither his supporters nor his opponents respect him. His popularity in the world (which was incredibly high when he was elected) is gone.... White voters aren't racist – they are realists. We need a president who can function under pressure. We need a president who stands by his principles. We need a tough minded and decisive president. We got a dishrag.... Don't call me racist. I suspect the people who are worrying about racism are the ones who are racist... You wouldn't be asking that question if you were color blind.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  121. Z_Rey

    It's whites who have jobs and are part of the middle class that is getting screwed by Obama who do not support Obama. It's whites who want more handouts and government assistance who support Obama. It's non-whites who want more handouts and government assistance who support Obama. It's non-whites who have jobs and are part of the middle class that is getting screwed by Obama who do not support Obama. Pretty simple to understand, and you can't even play the race card with this one. Nice try though, Jack.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  122. Jim

    Jack you forget the old addage. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  123. Bill IOP, SC

    Jack, why isn't the story that 96% of blacks voted for Obama? Seems a little unfair to ask the question about what white voters will or will not do since there is no way to get elected without more than 4% (in comparison to the black vote) of the white vote in your favor. It's time to stop talking about race and apologizing for the past. Everyone needs to own up to their own actions and behavior.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  124. RichM

    Just because some of us don't agree with everything he has done, does not at all mean that we are ready to vote for any of those clowns in the other party. Do I approve of the job he is doing? Not really, but there's no chance I would replace him for any of the choices available.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  125. donald

    what else new? Since Obama been president, race has been set back fifty years. There are 2/3rd (white) people that just hate it that the UNITED STATES has a black man as president. It kind of undermind their own thinking that black people are inferior!! White people created race and now they can not handle it. If they want a george bush back in office, this country deserves everything it gets.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  126. Confused

    "Exit polls showed Obama won 43% of white voters. That was the largest share of white support in a two-man race since 1976." Does this make any sense to anybody?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  127. rc

    Amazing! The black community is suffering the most with unemployment for minorities soaring and black youth unemployed to the tune of nearly 50% yet people think that those who want the presdient out are racist. Obviously there are many who are supporting the president because of his race rather than his policies which are clearly failing those who support him the most. That is the definition of racism.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  128. Fred In LA

    Jack the real question is what the approval rating is amongst Asians. Seeing how according to our President I now reside in Asia, I think that would be an important factor to consider.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  129. JR White Bear Lake MN.

    If only the color of this mans skin matters then what differents does it make......this country is finished.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  130. Billy Davis

    Yes, Obama will be re-elected. To answer question no not with 2/3 of whites opposed to him. Come election time white Democrats will vote for since it's their party representative. And finally, the choices are horrible on the GOP side.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  131. JJ

    Can he win? I don't know. Should he win? Most certainly. For those who are bellyaching about the 2008 election – do you REMEMBER the alternative? Let me remind you one half of that pair was Sarah Palin. Nuff said.

    JJ,
    22yo white female
    Virginia

    November 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  132. Greg-IL

    Jack I think most people forget how the econic pit was created, it would be a shame that the people who voted for the President forget that. Its amazing to me we want to let the same gready politicans run this country again. Rember you might just get what you wish for and regareat it later.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  133. Nodack

    Approval ratings in this climate are low across the board. Republican approval ratings are sitting at 20% so Obama's at 43% don't look so bad. The Republican contenders for President keep taking turns shooting themselves in the foot by talking about things they don't know anything about.

    Bachman was coming on and then she started making up facts as she went on and people started to realized she was all hot air and zero substance.

    Cain talked crap about Obama's handling of Libya, but then again couldn't find Libya on a map let alone know anything about what was going on.

    Perry's senior moment along with getting in a competition with the rest of the GOP candidates to see which one could shut down the most government agencies without even knowing what each one does doesn't exude confidence.

    The rest of the industrialized world has Universal Health Care that covers all citizens and they all did it for half the price the US pays while leaving 50,000,000 without any coverage. Republicans call them all Commies and Socialists. I call them smart. Obama and the Democrats are the only ones to make an attempt to right that ship and all the Republicans do is cry Socialism and refuse to even consider the possibilities.

    Obama has the vote of sane people.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  134. carly

    These polls mean nothing at this point. If this is the case next summer he may have a problem. My guess is that those who are unhappy with him will still vote for him instead of the dimwits that the GOP has produced this year. If the Republicans want a chance in this election they will all back Huntsman who is the only sane candidate. But I think the reality is that the GOP is conceding the coming election to Obama and will concentrate on 2016.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  135. Johnny

    Why is it always about race, huh? Democrats will brain wash you into believing that if you don't vote for Obama, you are a racist. Well, guess what? I'm not. I'm not voting for Obama because only an idiot would vote for that guy. He will not win re-election, plain and simple.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  136. MC (Austin, TX)

    Simply put all the old rules are meaningless in this election. It's been decades since we have faced such a complex set of problems. Though approval of Obama is low so is confidence that any of the Republican contenders could do better.

    To win, though, Obama is going to have to start crafting his message a lot better. Though there is a strong contingent of wing nuts out there, there is a large percentage of Americans (including independents) who want to believe that given time Obama's policies are turning us around. The reason they want to believe that is that they do not believe any longer that simply bringing in a fresh face will bring about positive change. In other words, many Americans are trying to decide whether believing in Obama will ultimately pay off or if America has just permanently lost its way. If Obama can sell the things he has done right and get's a little lucky with the Europe crisis and such he can still pull it out. But it's going to be close no matter what.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  137. Mark in Las Vegas

    With the crop of current candidates the GOP is putting forward, Obama stands a good chance of winning. This gang of 8 losers just keeps going down hill with each so called debate they're in. I certainly wouldn't vote for any of the GOP candidates at this point and I'm not a Democrat either.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  138. Randy

    It doesn't matter as long as the oligarchs keep choosing ALL of the candidates for both parties. This WWE styled fixed outcome form of politics that main stream media types try and pull the American people in to is seriously pathetic.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  139. Dan in Albuquerque

    i really don't put much faith in poll numbers like that. I dealt with polls in my profession for many years., and every now and then one would be so skewed, no one believed it. GOP voters tend to be white with more money, especially rich ones who run corporations. The non-whites, poor, elderly and middle class are mostly Democrats. You have to rely on several polls over time to get a true picture. When all unprecedented Obama-bashing free air time is over, the chosen GOP candidate will find himself the target of the true Obama campaign. Scrutiny of his past, his gaffes, his change of positions, truth tests, less free airtime, etc. Obama has a good success story to tell despite inheriting the biggest economic fiasco since the depression. It will insure a second term.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  140. abacab

    Forget race ... in 2012, thinking people will vote him out. He suckered a good number of folks the first time around (not those of us who saw what was coming, mind you). You can save all your cute anti-conservative monickers ... Obozo's tenure is an unmitigated mess.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  141. Ed

    Job approval numbers do not equal voting preferences. In an election you only have to convince the voters that you would do a better job than another person.
    But you knew that, didn't you.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  142. Wiley of Dallas, Texas

    Why does race continue to be an issue in the country? Why can't we just look at the numbers without the racial spin added?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  143. Jim

    It's still a long time to the election and polls this far out just aren't that predictive. I think its a silly question.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  144. Sheila Browne

    Yes "he can". His 08 slogan was based on "Yes we can" and he did, and he will do it again. Look at who is up against him. They don't have a chance in my book or no other book. Obama will make history again.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  145. BigMike

    I read about polls all the time but I don't know anyone who gets these calls. I suspect that those polled are not only registered voters, but registered to a specific party. These people know in advance if they are or are not going to vote for a democrat, no matter who it is. I'd be interested to see a poll of Americans who don't follow politics as a hobby and see where their opinions lie.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  146. guy

    For us it's about social and moral policy. There are NO Republican candidates currently that we would ever support, so our votes will go to Obama. We are white, upper middle class.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  147. sweet2th

    I don't think in this case job approval correlates to non votes. I think given the field he is running against despite his disapproval rating he will still be re-elected.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  148. Wanda, NC

    It wouldn't matter if he were green, he gets my vote. He is the best man out of the lot we have to choose from.
    .

    November 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  149. Bob - Caro, MI

    Wait a second. Who's racist here? If President Obama won with the greatest percent of white votes since 1976 and now he trails in the same category, maybe he's just not doing a very good job. I would be more apt to compare the non-white votes between then and now. Did their support decrease or increase? If they decreased, by what percentag?. If the percentage is smaller than with white voters, couldn't it be said that non-white voters are ignoring the dissatisfaction and simply voting for him because he's not white?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  150. SouthernWhiteMale

    I am afraid that, if the polls reflect truth, Mr Obama may be a one term president. Listening to the street conversations, it is unfortunate that the term "Democrat" is used as a slang term for his race (mixed race) and not the party. And, over the past three years, that has been drummed into every conversation I have heard. If he is voted out, it will not be on his true record. Even the media has assisted in creating this atmosphere by using terms (such as "Obama care":insted of "health care reform") that do not reflect how things have actually transpired, been voted on (by others) and put into place.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  151. Chris Ring from Longboat Key, Florida

    Never in the history of public opinion polls has a president had such a racial divide in terms of approval. Many believed this President was going to transcend racial boundaries. Unfortunately, he has made them worse. The President will have to win at least 40% of the white vote this time in order to be re-elected. If not, Mitt Romney will be elected President.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  152. John

    This is not about race it is about incompetence. This President is in over his head and many Americans are not prepared to give him another 4 years. His race has nothing to do with anything.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  153. Scott Stodden

    Trust Me Jack When I Say This I Think And Believe That When Election Day Comes Next Year President Obama Will Be Re-Elected As President For Another 4 Yrs Because I Just Don't Believe That America Is That Stupid For Any Of The Republican Presidential Candidates. All These Republican Candidates Are Crazy Plain And Simple And They Have No Idea As To What To Do For The Country! When You Say People Disapprove Of The President's Job What Do You Mean Disapprove? He's Bent Over Backwards To Try To Reach Across The Aise And Even Went Against His Own Party To Try To Work WIth Republicans, He's Also Saved The Nation From Going Into A Depression, He Saved The Auto Industry And Big Banks From Failing, He's Made Health Care Available To Everyone, And The List Goes On And On And On! We Can't Expect Things To Get Better In Only 4 Yrs Especially Given The Mess That President George W. Bush Left President Obama! I'll Be Voting Next Year To Re-Elect President Obama Cuz He Stands With The American People, Re-Elect President Obama To 4 More Years!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    November 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  154. TXJim

    "Can President Obama win re-election if almost two-thirds of whites are opposed to him?"

    Have you seen who he is running against?

    I think this article assumes a lot. it assumes that people who disapprove of the President wont vote for him. I don't approve of him but I'm not voting for any of the GOP candidates..

    If there were a viable alternative then it would be a different story, but why would I want to vote for someone worse than Obama?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  155. Chris in Piscataway

    If President Obama can somehow manage to get this do-nothing Congress to make substantial progress on the economy and our national debt, he won't have to worry about the color of his skin. People in this country want good jobs and a sense of financial stability going forward. If he makes Congress act, I'd vote for him if he was rainbow-colored.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  156. Bill, Bloomington Il

    Jack, I still believe it will depend on unemployment numbers. 9% will get the president sent home.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  157. Mike, Albany

    That may be the way the poll numbers look now, but wait until the election: There's not a single republican candidate who can top Obama for sheer intelligence, eloquence, and personal integrity. All self-proclaimed republicans have cause for nothing but deep and utter embarrassment at their field of presidential "hopefuls".

    November 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  158. Ken

    As long as the Republican party has no clue as to how to field a legitimate presidential candidate, Obama could cancel christmas and still win a re-election. The only thing that makes Obama polls numbers look outstanding are the poll numbers of republicans and congress.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  159. Nadim in Indiana

    It is very unlikely that he would win if that many people oppose him but this is definitely a racism issue even though everyone says it isn't. But he will probably be reelected anyways with all the other much worse GOP candidates.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  160. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    He simply needs to quit catering to the 'rich white folks' and concentrate more on us 'poor white boys', and not let the Republicans criticize him into cowardice.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  161. George from Raleigh

    As a white independent voter I disapprove of Obama for capitulating to the Republicans on taxes, the environment, Guantanamo, and alternative energy. But it would be a mistake to assume that I would register my displeasure by voting for the short sighted, special interest door mats that forced his hand.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  162. Glen

    yeah of course he can win. You said that in 2008 pres Obama won the largest share of the white vote since 1976, while doing better with white young people. Thus, he could theoretically win the election without having to win the same percentage of the white vote, as other presidents before him did.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  163. Craig from Pa.

    Of course he will win re-election...CNN polls are usually wrong about the right things...just your nature!

    November 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  164. Patricia from Wash DC

    Jack, you already know the answer to this question. Yes, just look at his competition.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  165. Janet Mulligan

    Just because 61% of polled individuals disapprove of his job performance doesn't mean lots of them won't vote for him. I disapprove of the job he's done thus far. Will I vote for one of the train wrecks coming out of the GOP? NEVER. Just because he isn't performing at the level I hope for doesn't mean I'd fire him to bring in someone worse.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  166. Greg Rockford, IL

    People always disapprove of the incumbent when they don't know who the alternative is. Wait till the Republicans nominate someone other than Romney. I think at that point, "whites" will run back to Obama.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  167. Ryan-Madison, WI

    I don't think any of them should win. Every republican and democrat that had anything to do with putting this country in the shape it is now should be at the end of the unemployment line. ALL of these people are paid off traitors.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  168. andyz Lynn, MA

    Two quick points, Jack: When America realizes what the true Republican agenda is, the richest one percent will be the only groups that vote against the President. Also, point two, does anyone take the Republican presidential candidates seriously? Who would you vote for? Gingrich, who declared war on the poor, ill and elderly in his contract with America? Romney, who changes his mind as often as I change underwear? Paul, who would let you die in the emergency room if you don't have health care? Or would it be Cain? 'Nuff said!

    November 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  169. Ed from AZ

    Jack – Obama won because people are angry at Goerge Bush. They wanted to give him a chance and see if he keeps his "change we can believe in" promise. But after 2 years into his presidency, people are starting to realize that this man is not what they voted for. This country is more divided than ever because of his policies, partisan and class warfare rethorics. I don't think this guy will win and if I'm right he'll probably lose big.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  170. Mike P

    President Obama got elected because whites voted for him. Not sure how this now becomes all of the sudden a racism issue, other than the fact that these days no topic goes by involving different races without it somehow regressing into a shouting match abot racism. Interesting thing is that the black population voted 95 percent for him in the election, yet that was somehow not racist. It seems to always be a one way conversation when it comes to racism, and it points to us evil white folks as the only ones who are racist. Fact is everyone is racist to some degree, and we need to get over it and bridge gaps. It starts by looking inward and not pointing to the other guys as evil. As for the election, the Republicans have a dizzying array of lousy candidates, so Mr. Obama is by no means in danger of losing yet.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  171. bb69

    Well, can the POTUS win re-election if he doesn't get at least 99% of African Americans to vote for him? This is a silly line of "analysis", but of course it the tired currency of guilty white liberals who send their kids to private schools, but vote for Democrat politicians who block programs/initiatives to give poor people (including vast numbers of urban African Americans) a possible option of school choice for their children. The POTUS is very smart, engaging and can be very charming. But NOW he has a real record of performance for the first time, and the color of voters' skin or his skin or his status as a biracial cat are the farthest things on anyone's mind, except of course, and as usual, those of Democrats . . .

    November 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  172. Feed_UP

    So what is the point are you trying to make? That blacks are racist for voting for him because he is black or whites are racist because they are not voting for him? What does this type of "reporting" do for anyone? How about simply state figures for how Americans are going to vote for him as that is what we are – Americans. Not black, white, whatever – just Americans. We ALL need to forget a person's color, what ever it is, and see people instead. Just people.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  173. Manny

    Race is, and always will be, present in our society. President Obama will win re-election because we are now begining a "post-racist" era where having an African American President is not something out of this world. At least that's what I believe my younger generation feels like. Every election that passes will further show the rising trend amoung minority voters to get out there and cast thier ballots which means that white American voters will have less and less power in elections to come. With such mediocre Republican canditates, at least for the time being, the minority vote will carry the President back in to office.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  174. Barb from Iowa

    Jack, I find this poll rather sad. Race becomes a factor once again when it should have no bearing. But a significant number of those who hate Obama sound like their feelings stem in large part from fear and prejudice. Haven't we grown any more than this, America?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  175. mike

    Jack, I am white and would be in the disapprove category. My reason might surprise you but is totally relevant to all polls. I disapprove because I think he has not been strong enough against the obstructionist Republicans and has given in way too many times to the NO crowd. Does that mean I would not vote for him, not in the least. He has my full and total support and will get my vote as well as all the members of my family.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  176. Terry J

    Come on Jack! Whites are quickly becoming a minority in America. The Republicans will send the Hispanic vote running to Obama because of their radical views. Surely the majority of blacks will stick with him, so he only needs about 30%-40% of the white vote. Looks like a no-brainer to me!

    Terry J.
    Newport News, VA

    November 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  177. Nick

    Two out of three whites may not approve of the job he is doing (myself included), but when compared to any of the GOP candidates, I still believe he is the better choice come election time.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  178. catharsus in Shrewsbury, MA

    It plays well on TV to make this a white/black thing, Jack, but it's not that at all. It comes down to evidence processing. Either you do it and accept the results, or you don't. Obama promised a post-racially-motivated America and lower unemployment. Do we have either? Hmmm...I say look at the evidence.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  179. ArtInChicago

    Well Jack, it would be hard, but the question is like asking would you eat a half baked cake. There is a lot that can happen in a year.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  180. Cary

    The Republicans don't even like their own candidates. They've been scrambling to find a replacement for Romney and the last man standing was Newt but they just found out Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac pay his mortgage so he's toast. The Republicans will stay home in droves out of disgust and the Democrats will hold their noses and vote Obama. I don't blame him for the mess he's actually doing better all the time but Congress controls the purse strings and the Republicans are playing chicken with both houses. How exactly is that his fault?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  181. dave

    Race may play a part but can't it be from the other end as well. Isn't it possible that a fair amount of the people that support Obama may be primarily because he is a man of color? Didn't he win over 90% of the black vote, Now he may have the same political position of a majority of that population but 90%+ is really pushing the edge on voting for him solely based on his political views. Certainly people's position goes both ways on race. It would be interesting to know what the %'s are broken down among the non-white. I would venture to guess that the there could be some extremes even within that number.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  182. John

    President Obama will get a larger percentage of the white vote than this poll would suggest, because it is an approval/disapproval poll. Many white voters who answered disapprove in fact disapprove of the very weak (and rather extremist) field of Republican candidates to a greater extent. President Obama will be re-elected, he will get this white male's vote, and he will get a larger percentage of white voters than the percentage who said they "approve" in this poll.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  183. Tony from Southport

    Why are you making it a race question? Whites voted Obama into office in 2008 because he promised change, not because he was black. If he has failed, and whites don't vote for him in 2012, it isn't because he is black, it's because he has failed as president. Is it only a race issue when it doesn't favor Obama?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  184. Paul, Berkeley, CA

    of course he can, the 2/3 of whites are by now a minority so who cares about whites in the USA, they are irrelevant.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  185. Garry

    Would this 'racial divide' evaporate if the Americans polled were also given the opportunity to choose exactly 'what' 'Obamacare provisions they want 'repealed'? I suspect a large majority would be found to be completely in favor of its provisions–to their complete and utter surprise! Does the news media contribute to this false undestanding of issues by generating more heat than light to boost ratings and advertising revenue? Maybe the media is the real divider?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  186. Dave B.

    I can't say I approve of the job Obama is doing, but have you seen the candidates running on the right? I may not apporve of Obama, but I would vote for the local town drunk before i voted for anyone on the right.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  187. jrumor

    sadly, the GOP tactic of inaction and cutting services and blaming obama as things get worse appears to be working.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  188. AnneSD

    The question itself is based on a false assumption. Just because voters don't think he is doing a great job, doesn't mean they won't vote to reelect him if the alternatives are worse.

    I think he is doing an okay job - not great, but not as horrible as the extremists in the media would indicate. If a better candidate came along, I would vote against Obama, but if the only alternative is the isolationist screamers and shouters that the Republican party is currently touting, I will vote for Obama. And that is after a lifetime of voting Republican.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  189. Deb

    No. Finally, Jack, you have asked the question few have the courage to face. The fact is the majority of white America is anti-black! Or put it another way, the majority of white America believes in white supremacy. You see, Jack, Obama is not "Black". Genetically he is 50% "White" and 50% "Black", but America can only focus on the 50% "Black". He was the first president of mixed race. This has been the basis behind the Republican response to his election from the beginning: "...get him out of there..get our country back" and so forth and so on.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  190. Jim Mroczkowski from Windsor Ontario CANADA

    President Obama will win re-election simply because the GOP can't muster a candidate with broad appeal and worthy credentials suitable to the general electorate while at the same time appeasing the ideological demands of the radical right. That type of Republican candidate just doesn't exist. It's as simple as that.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  191. sortakinda

    Hold on, pally. If Obama is half white and two thirds of the whites are against hime but 97% of the blacks are FOR him and its Wednesday, should I take the car or the train because my mother made my lunch and I don't like it.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  192. Linda Illinois

    Unfortunately, President Obama has not ever really had to work to get the support of those with different priorities. This is something he would have learned if he had spent a little more time in the US Senate. Now that he is about out of time, he just ratchets up the rhetoric against the other side instead of being more presidential. A disappointment for sure. There is no way he will repeat the 43% voting percentage of whites in 2012. He will be back in Illinois in a year.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  193. Angry American

    I think you're confusing disapproval with opposition, Jack. Do I approve of the job Obama's doing? No. Do I think the alternatives would do a worse job? Yes.

    So, to answer your question, I think he'd have a hard time winning with 2/3 of whites actively opposed to him (in other words, voting for someone else) but I don't think they are.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  194. Kevin

    Of course he can win! As long as the majority of Americans continue to not think about what they are doing and blindly follow the mantra of "hope and change"!

    November 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  195. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    Well well well why not give the White House back to the Republicans and we can all sit back
    and laugh laugh laugh our selves silly.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  196. ivan

    Oh is this about white vs. black? I thought it was bright vs. stupid.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  197. Ron (Denver)

    He might now win, but looking at the repub field – there is really no choice there.

    I guess Cain was wrong when he said something to the effect there is no race issue in America, huh?

    November 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  198. Phil in KC

    You have to contrast that against the approval/disapproval ratings of his eventual opponent. It could very well turn out to be an election based on 'who do you dislike the least'. So, at this time, it's very possible for him to win – but not if 62% of whites actually do vote against him.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  199. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Jack,

    If Romney is the Republican nominee, then Obama may not be granted a second term. If, however, the Republican choice is one of the other fools now contesting the nomination, Obama will win handily. Personally, I hope the ignorant Republicans nominate Cain as he has no chance of defeating Obama or, for that matter, any warm body the Democrats might offer up if Obama declines to run.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  200. Becky

    Jack, what percent of our country is black? For some reason when people write about race they do not check our lastest expensive census? We need to get away from black and white comparisons. We need to have income, age, region, sex and education stats. This information would be much more valuable. Jack, I think you will find that less than 18% of Americans consider themselves black. As far as numbers go, the "black" vote should only be used if you are also going to include the non-white hispanics since their percentage is just a little higher than blacks. Major point for some reason always missed is all white people are not the same. But Jack, I guess we all look alike to you.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  201. cmr

    I dont think, he will win without the white support unless Cain gets the nomination!

    November 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  202. CT

    Polls like this are always a bit misleading. I disapprove of the job Obama is doing because I believe he has not been liberal enough. I show up as one of the white voters who disapprove of him in the polls, but I guarantee I will vote for Obama over a conservative Republican candidate.

    November 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  203. Bob

    Well Obama knows he'll get almost 100% of the black vote no matter what. He doesn't have to do a thing.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  204. steven

    Polls are useless. You can make a case for anything with statistics and numbers. I for one fully support Obama. He has tried to fix problems and has plans he is willing to share regardless is the ridicule from the GOP who have tried from day one to stop anything he wanted. I totally agree with Annie, Atlanta.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  205. Atlanta Independent

    Race does not matter people are fed up with the do nothing republicans. Majority of white does not like the republican party.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  206. Phil

    I believe there must be a lot of white people that must be tuned out to what is going on around them in America today. One needs to only look at who is in the running to breing realiztion to that theory. I believe Obama has done well for someone many white republicans had voted for. I am one of those.! As a result I follow him closely to try to verify my dignity has not been damaged and have a lot therefore at stake. It takes more then on to make a team. Perhaps someone else has been letting us down. Occupy. I just could not vote for Sarah Palin. If Obama does not have many of us now then we are not paying attention.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  207. Brian

    Tampa, FL - Jack, "Figures lie and liars figure." I'm sure four more polls could be conducted that would dispute the supposed "racism" this poll and your commentary above suggest. Why is Herman Cain still polling highly (or at least still within the statistical margin of error vs Mitt Romney) among white Republicans in many states? What if you polled the members of the various "Occupy" rallies, most of whom seem to be non-black, judging from media coverage?

    I resent the implication that if a white person doesn't support Obama, he's racist, and that it's purely a racial issue that's dividing support for Obama amongst whites. America votes for economic security first, national security second and has done so even in the most dire National security situations since our founding. If an elected official can't come through on their promises, the vast, silent majority in the middle will vote them and their party out.

    I personally believe congress - both parties - are to blame, but that this president has suffered a failure to lead this congress to a workable compromise. For that reason he has so far lost my vote.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  208. susan clarke Michigan

    I don't care if Obama is black or white – I despise what he's done/is doing to our country. A good part of the growing racial division is due to HIS constant divisiveness! He is NOT a unifier but rather a divider. He is not a President for everyone but rather a president for the Democrats that is AFTER his number one priority which is his desire to put his Socialist agenda into place.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  209. Larry Noble Stinson

    If America is really awake in 2012 and have been involved and informed about the Obama administration, I cannot possible predict him a victory. He has cause more divides in this country on so many levels and we still do not really know who the man is. This is most unfortunate. He will not survice the 2012 election and that will be good for the country. We cannot possibly endure 4 more years of this administration.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  210. Mike

    As someone who almost always votes Republican it is quite possible that even Obama, as much of a failure as he has been, can be re-elected due to the current field of candidates the Republicans have. I am not doing summersaults over any of them right now.
    3 years ago it was "anybody but Bush" and next year it may just be "anybody but Obama."
    I personally think his only hope is for a quick economic surge showing that ANY of his policies are actually working.
    Right now people just want jobs and they'll vote for whoever they think gives them the best chances of getting one.
    Me included.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  211. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack,

    Race will always be an issue for some people, who equate intelligence, ethics, and other values with skin color, just as some people continue to do the same thing with gender.

    I'm not thrilled with the job President Obama has done. I don't think he's a liberal, despite the howling from the Republicans and the trash talk radio heads like Limbaugh and Beck that President Obama is a communist or a socialist. Look at his policies, look at how many times he has caved to the Republicans, look at who he appointed to his cabinet and to head agencies. Holder is a holdover from the Bush administration, and so was Gates. He picked conservatives like Geithner and Summers.

    I also know that he has had an uphill both ways battle since the day he took office, with the Republicans vowing to fight him to the death on each and every single issue, to make sure he accomplishes nothing, to make sure he fails. Limbaugh said he wants the President to fail.

    I think Obama's real problem isn't whites but the independent votes of all races, both sexes, and all creeds. If the Republicans were to put forward a moderate, intelligent candidate who would work for the people, not corporations, then Obama will have a real fight on his hands. The Republican candidates are madder than a hatter, nuttier than a fruitcake, and dangerously stupid (and proud of their stupidity and ignorance). Romney is not the answer. Romney destroyed Massachusetts, leaving a mess for the next governor. I don't plan to vote for Romney either, and unless the Republicans put someone like Bill Weld up as their candidate, I'll hold my nose and vote for Obama. The Republicans are just too scary for me, and I want someone who can put the country first and himself second.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  212. dmcurtin@gmail.com

    No president could turn around a 13 trillion debt in 20 years never mind just 4 ? He was saddled with the mother of all messes when he took over, he needs 4 more years to make even a dent on the problems facing America and any way the Republican candidates are a joke .

    November 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  213. Skegeeace

    Is it really necessary to evaluate voting based on race? Maybe a lot of people, black ,white, or RAINBOW just aren't satisfied with his performance. Conversely, a lot of people, black, white, or RAINBOW are pleased with what he's done.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  214. Jerry Clink

    absolutely... maybe not happy that Obama hasn't brought us to Shangrala BUT... compared to Oops and Er, ahh Lybia huh or We don't need no stinkin' public health care....(except in my State) and a rabble rousing madman running for the family values champion ...who by the way is on his third wife ????

    Obama ....4 More years..... he is a shoo in..... hehehe

    November 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  215. Daveil

    Thanks, Jack for another Liberal injection of race into presidential politics. Obama is a failure no matter what color his skin is.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  216. Mike

    Jack:

    Obama can win because of superior fundraising efforts and a amazing knack for being intelligent, reasonable and presidential. The racially motivated republican voting block cares only about winning and proudly embraces a selfish philosophy of helping those that already have the means to help themselves. I think young, white, independent voters know in their heart the GOP platform is a failed one, and will chose Obama when they close that curtain behind them.

    Mike, Grosse Pointe Park MI

    November 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  217. Robert

    Speaking as an outsider (Canadian), and observing the workings of this administration, Obama has a lot more to worry about than if this or that group likes him or not. His degree of incompetence is astounding. Quite honestly, he should be encouraged to take as many vacations as he likes, he does less damage that way.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  218. Nate (Seattle, WA)

    That depends whether the Republican party can do better than a bunch of challengers who are 2/3 opposed to "thinking".

    Obama's a terrible President, but at least he's mentally competent. The Republicans running are all intellectual wastelands.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  219. Tom

    No, Obama cannot be relected without substantial support from white voters. It is simply math.
    I'm sorry to say that I doubt that any black man will be elected to the Presidency again for at least a generation, no matter how qualified or worthy. Not many will say it outloud for fear of being labeled racist. Obama immediately played the race card upon entering office, and filling his top posts with far left African Americans who were less qualified than many Hispanics, Asians, or Caucasians. The results speak for themselves.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  220. Brian

    Two-thirds of the people in this country don't know anything about anything. That's why the polls are so volatile from one day to the next.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  221. RHS

    Many voted for Obama the first time because they saw him as the anti-Bush. Many of those same people are disillusioned because he continued many of the Bush policies. The biggest problem for the current President is he was not ready to be president. He went basically from the state house to the presidency. That is a big step. He would have been better off serving in the senate to learn what the government is about and build some favors. As it turns out he had to rely on Pelosi and Reid for everything. This makes him look weak. It wouldn't matter what color he was.

    The direct answer to yoiur question is that he cannot win without larger white support, but Jack, you ask the wrong question. The question is "Should he be re-elected?" with that weak support from such a large segment of our country. The Republicans at least so far are doing their best not to win this election and so may of the folks that feel disenfranchised because President Obama did not turn out to the the anti-Bush may return to vote for him because the atternative is worse. So he could win based on being not as bad as the Republican candidate in a lot of people's eyes. It will be an incredible statement on how hopeless the US citizens feel about their government if they do not think they can do better. I would consider the President's reelection a less than hopeful sign and a pessimistic view of our future....

    November 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  222. BIll in VA

    I hope not.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  223. DB Boston

    Hi Jack, Personally I have no problem with Mr. Barack Obama; I think he is nice person. But I have a hard time to call him as my president of the USA. I believed the President of US is representing for all US citizens. But, I just see on him to work or say for one side only. I hope, I can have some else to be a real president of USA who can get this country back to the top of the world.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  224. samiaminiowa

    It's not white vs. black, it's loss of hope!!

    November 16, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  225. Nancy

    Yes Jack he can because there is no one on the other side who can win 2/3 of white voters.
    NOONE

    November 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  226. James -- Columbus

    In 2008, he absolutely had to have the independent white vote for victory. You gotta think it doesn't look good. And if Bush 41 did not deserve re-election with a sour economy, it doesn't seem logical that Obama would.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  227. Catherine in Missouri

    Jack, did you know that statistics show that 98% of all polls and statistics are wrong? :]

    November 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  228. Alice

    The last time I think the whites mostly voted for Obama so they wouldn't be called racists. This time I don't think they care. I think they are sick of the Obama machine and are ready for a candidate that will bring jobs back to this country and they don't care what color the candidate will be.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  229. Barry Sun

    It really doesn't matter what percentage of whites approve or disapprove of what he has done up to this point. Obama will win on one point and one point only...The Economy. If the jobless rate decreases and people are spending more money and feeling more confident then Obama will win reelection.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  230. Jamie White, Tacoma WA

    Oh come on ... Have you seen the contents of the clown car on the GOP side? If Americans elect any one of those caricatures of politicians, they are dumber than even I suspect and I'm a major cynic about today's electorate.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  231. Ted

    With ACORN ,OPRAH,UNIONS and HOLLYWOODand 95 percent of the black vote. The best person DID NOT WIN last time and will not win this time.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  232. Dave In Texas

    Face it Jack, Obama is a one-term President and only you guys in the media seem to have not got the message. Obama has been a disaster and he has so many worms oozing from the woodwork of the past three years that even you guys in the media can't save him. Let's move on, Jack, and elect someone—even another Democrat—that can return America to its greatness before it is too late.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  233. Dolores Surprise AZ

    Anyone should be able to win re-election with the miserable republican field that is being offered. Even the republicans don'g like their choices.....It will be Obama in 2012 for sure...

    November 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  234. C.H. Berry

    In the 2008 election the five most populated blacks all went McCain. It's all about the electoral vote.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  235. Frank Scottsdale,AZ

    Ya Jack im 22 years old and im white. I believe he will win because all what the republicans candidates are trying to do is help the rich get richer and poorer get poorer. I dont think there will be another republican for another 4 years.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  236. Karen

    Have you been following the Republican debates?

    November 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  237. dinak

    This is sickening. I thought we were all legally voting U.S. citizens, not Whites and non-Whites. Why not focus on the reasons behind a general falling out in support for Obama instead of focusing on the different colors of people?

    November 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  238. Bill - Dallas

    Statistically, no. Actually, because of the confused weak Republican's in the race, probably.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  239. Brian

    Yes. Most don't approve of his performance, but unless there is a viable alternative, he will be re-elected easily. It's the easy out for voters.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  240. descarado

    During his TWELVE YEAR tenure as a professor of Constitutional Law, Barack Obama never published ONE SINGLE article. As a Senator, Obama voted 'present' almost without exception. For those of us who consider Universal Healthcare to be the cornerstone of a modern social contract, Obamacare is a Frankenstein zombie of mismatched body parts.

    As Old Abe said, "You can fool all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but no one can fool all of the people all of the time."

    Barack Obama is an unskilled, little man of many empty suits who campaigns non-stop on the tax payers' nickel because he has no concept of how to govern a democracy.

    In 2012, the American voters will take away the keys to Air Force One from this clueless imposter.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  241. Brittney B. (austin)

    He definately can win. He never declared his prseidency to represent a post racial America; the media did that. I think Whites are just mad because he hasn't fixed everything. That's usually what happens when they mess everything up, "Let's let the Black guy fix it." Whites are now seeing what it feels like to be Black in America- living hand to mouth and robbing Peter to pay Paul, all with no help or compassion from anyone. They will get over it though, when they see what they have to choose from in the Republican camp. We can only hope. Pun intended.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  242. Jimmy B. Richards II

    I'm one of the young Americans the media keeps talking about. 24 years old, College Degree, and Unemployed. I am not a supporter of Obama, and I consider myself a Republican. I will most likely vote for Obama even though I don't support him, and even though I'm a Republican. Why? Look at the opposition. The Republican Candidates are pathetic.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  243. Thomas of CA

    I predict Obama will win in 2012. He may not be popular but the republican party as a whole is even less popular. There isnt a republican alive that can beat him. It will be a close race though.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  244. Tom Barrister

    I can't see Obama getting re-elected. The country is floundering along; if anything, matters have gotten worse, not better. It really doesn't matter who's at fault here; the voters see the problem as the administration not getting the job done, and Obama is facing too tough of a battle to get reelected.

    As a note, Gerald Ford never ran for reelection, as he was never elected in the first place; the only president to have taken office without being elected either President or Vice President.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  245. Carrie

    Hello,
    I'm a white Jewish female, and I'm voting for Pres. Obama. In my opinion he is doing a great job considering the abstraction by the GOPT!!!!

    November 16, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  246. Jerry from Ohio

    Yes, it will be a close election. He is the strongest candidate for President given our options. I'm an African American male, 46 years old (next week) and I did not vote for Obama (or McCain). I do not plan on voting for Obama! Unfortunately I also do not like any candidate from the right. Obama needs to do more for the American economy, small business and students and stop these unnecessary costly excursions into countries in the Middle East.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  247. Angela University Place washington

    I do not allow the polls to guide me pr set standards, when I hear poll numbers I simply ask those standing around me if anyone polled them, so far the answer has always been no, just as no one polled me... I they are merely conversation starters, we will see in the end where the president stands by real voters...

    November 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  248. C London - New Orleans

    Here's a better question Jack... Can whites vote without thinking about the race of there president. Other races have done that since we were able to vote. We voted about the issues at hand and not if the candidate was white. "Heck" we never had to make that decision on race.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  249. Layne Alleman

    Jack, As an Independent, "white" man, I think he has a very small chance, but still a chance. I, however silly to you and anyone else, will probably vote for a write-in.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  250. Fran in Wisconsin

    Oh. Is race now an issue? The media creates issues like Hallmark creates holidays.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  251. Conor in Chicago

    Americans, almost universally, vote AGAINST someone. Not FOR someone. This upcoming election will be people voting against Obama or against the Republican candidate, who is likely to be Romney. I, fully acknowledging the short comings of Obama, will either vote for him or a 3rd party candidate because the Republicans scare the hell out of me and I already lived through Bush and REFUSE to live another....

    November 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  252. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    When you think about it, the reason Mr. Obama has failed to do the things he promised in his campaign, is because the Republicans cut him off at the knees every time he tries. They (Republicans) put the kibash on everything Obama has tried to do ... so if he loses the re-election it's totally the fault of those whinney little 8 year olds in the GOP. I for one hope they get comeuppance they so deserve.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  253. ann perry

    He sure can.Who in the world would want to vote for that bunch of jerks.Jack and I wish you would quit running down the President.He is trying to help the people and is a good man you don't hear him doing things that are awful.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  254. Jeff In Minnesota

    "Leading from behind" just doesn't work Jack. THe President has taken this approach with a lot of things, health care, Libya, debt crises, take your pick. Presidents are not elected to "lead from behind", they are expected to lead from the front. I voted for the President the first time around and I am very disappointed with his approach to leadership, or lack thereof. It doesn't matter the color of your skin, people expect a leader to lead, and this President seems to want everyone else to fill that role from Rep. Pelosi to Sen. Reid. The President seems to be his own worst enemy and will not get re-elected if he doesn't change his management style and start to lead the nation from the front instead of behind it.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  255. Kris

    Jack. President Obama has an innate ability to rally popular support when he is focused and determined on that task. Besides, his re-election drive doesn't really begin in earnest for a little while yet. Although "whites" are the majority singular ethnic group, their numbers pale in comparison to the sum of all other minority groups who are the President's prime base. Not to mention, all 2/3rds of the disapproving whites would have to vote for the opposing candidate to be significant. Not likely.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  256. Allan

    we need better leadership lets get him out................

    November 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  257. Ed in California

    Dear Jack,

    To make Obama's re-election a racial issue diminishes the fact that he was elected by popular vote. Please remember that the US is not a "white" nor "black" country, we are homogenous only in the collective desire for everyone to be equal. What you do in framing negative polls based on skin color only serves to keep the ancient wound of racism festering. Some people profit by that.and they aren't just "white folk." Possibly Obama just hasn't done what he said he would and that is why people don't support him as much as they did in 2008?

    Raise your sights a bit Jack.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  258. curtis in philadelphia

    Sure Obama could win, just look at the options. Lets look at the whites Jack: smart whites aren't going to vote for Newt, Perry, or Santorum. Sane whites aren't going to vote for Paul, Bachmann or Cain. And evangelical whites aren't going to vote for Romney or Huntsman. Never underestimate the power of incumbency or familiarity.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  259. Russ from Cypress

    I don't think so. In fact the latest Gallup poll states that Hispanic support is only 48%. Certainly he is below 50% with Asians as well. It is only the Black vote that is keeping his non-white numbers up. Blacks still support Obama about 84% but they are being hurt the most, as Black unemployment is much higher among black and catastrophically low among black youth. We need the president to let businesses feel confident to expand and hire more. I am perfectly happy to have a great president, black white, yellow or brown. We need a president who is truly for all the people, including the businesses.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  260. gerald

    blacks vote skin color. Sounds racist to me...wait....you have to be white to be a racist.
    It is what it is....

    November 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  261. MA in NJ

    I feel that Obama can win even if his disapproval rating is high. The republican congress has made governing and leading virtual impossible. If there was a credible republican candidate who was not so partisan, then my answer might be different.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  262. Howie

    Regardless of what percentage of ANY race is for or against Obama, the Republicans will get him re-elected. The Republicans make the Keystone Cops look organized, and the more the Republican candidates open their mouth, the better it gets for Obama.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  263. BrianB

    Hi Jack,

    You talk about being post-racial America, but you bring up the race card in regards to the election. It does not matter about race, it is about the person running, whether white, black, brown, yellow, purple or blue. Bringing up these polls based on race just increases the perception of racial divisiveness in this country. It is people like you that keep the use of the race car alive. Let's just do a poll without using race as a base.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  264. John

    The Blacks will vote for him because Obama is Black, irregardless of performance. I'd call that racist but others call it team loyalty. Hispanics will vote for him because he is socialist. My big beef with Obama is that his policies have failed to revive the economy. Time for new policies.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  265. Anthony from Western Maryland

    Come on Mr. Cafferty,

    Let's just play the race card now since this will ensure his demise in 2012! The last time I checked Obama is not only a minority but his he is just as much White than he is African although he associates his life as a Black man simply because he looks and is treated as one. Maybe just maybe what it could not have been the incompetence of the last 8 years which has tanked this country which now he has to make the attempt to fix with a Republican Congress who does not want to support him and a Democratic Congress who is afraid to lose their jobs. I sure do hope that the country elects a "White" person since they can do no wrong and have always done right for the common good of all. Yea right!

    November 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  266. Adrian Zeno

    Jack. Just because the majority of whites or Americans currently oppose Obama doesn't mean he won't get re-elected. When it comes down to election day, all Americans will have a choice to make-and for most of us, it will only be a choice between two contenders. With the weak line-up of Republicans candidates, many Americans who currently oppose Obama now, may just "settle" and vote to re-elect him.

    -Attorney Zeno
    Chicago, IL

    November 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  267. joel palmer

    Many of us who "disapprove" of Obama will vote for him. The disapproval comes because he has not been progressive enough. In other words we wanted change NOT change lite

    November 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  268. Alex

    Hey Jack,
    I really dont think he can, if that many whites oppose him, but things change, realistically he has no chance unless the people are just to caught paying attention to the arguing of Mitt and Perry and even Newt

    November 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  269. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, New York

    Jack,
    The real issue is that America is an instant gratification society and our electorate expects all problems to be resolved without any sacrifice from themselves one minute after a President is sworn in. Your poll results are less about President Obama than ourselves. These results could be replicated in any regional poll when querying about an elected officials ethnicity. Do we forget that the United States is less than 50 years from legalized segregation and discrimination ?

    November 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  270. spike

    This ugly race-based poll is incomplete without the other side of the issue: the support percentage among African American voters for Obama versus his Caucasian rivals.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  271. Kevin

    What you should be asking is why are 67 percent of non-whites still for this guy? unemployment among non-whites is terrible. You said he had to shepard an already nasty economy. Wasn't he the genius that had a fix for the problem? Hope and Change? All he has done is play hyperpartisan politics. He is looking more and more like Jimmy Carter

    November 16, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  272. John Keida

    Such bias is natural; for example, whites prefer whites, evangelicals prefers evangelicals, women prefer women ... I think you get the point. Considering the crazies that want to save America from atheistic socialism under the banner of the GOP, Obama will win unless they can prove that he is a Islamic hermaphrodite from outer-Mongolia (in other words, someone whithout any constituency.)

    November 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  273. Justinconvo

    Well Jack, Who’s to say. There was a survey that asked 5 white men if tey would vote for a fully Qualified black candidate from their party. 2 of 5 said they would. This was done before Obama. Now, after his first term, we are still just about at those numbers.
    What I find funny is that, he did bring change. Maybe not the way some wanted.
    For those that did vote for Obama last time, let me ask you this. How long did it take for your new dog or child take to tear up the house or there room?? Did you or the child clean in have the time that it took to mess up? But there are those that think that 3 years is enough time to clean up a mess that 8 years in the making. But that the American way I guess. We want it now, an instant society.
    In the end, if members of the rep party take their blinders off as to what a puppet show the GOP candidates are putting on now…Obama will win by a landslide.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  274. Alan Cagan

    I am Caucasian and I voted for Obama. I bought into his message of "hope" and now I HOPE that he is voted out. His presidency is an embarrassment and has brought our once proud nation to it's knees.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  275. Platters1216

    Jack,
    I agree with the comment made by Mark. This is not a meaningful question. It is only designed to set another part of the foundation for the Obama re-election campaign, along with "the do-nothing" Congress, although the Democrats control the Senate. The ones talking about the racial division are the democrats with the obvious intention.
    I think you missed the significant part of your statistics: the fact that non-whites now disapprove of his handling of our country by one-third.
    To attempt to divide our country between white and non-white is nefarious and for purely democratic purposes. It is the same argument as rich versus poor, designed to mirror your whjite and non-white "division".
    Stop molding and "creating" the news for partisan democratic politics.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  276. Robert Pike, Homestead Fl

    To paraphrase Mr. Carville's "it's the Economy, stupid", "it's the prejudice, stupid" – Obama suffers low esteem among white voters because racial prejudice is in all likelihood at least a disease passed down by generations, if not inherited. Obama will win, however, if he's clever enough to convince the white majority that his strategy will help those who dislike him as well as, if not better than the poor minorities of America.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  277. QS in Seattle

    LOL! Thanks for that Jack – it's questions like these that I love seeing get asked because the answers from the opposition only further prove that they are completely out of touch with anyting resembling reality!

    Come on conservatives, let's hear more of the false rhetoric and talking points about Obama! It's pretty obvious at this point that you only continue to negatively attack the President because you can find NOTHING positive at all to say about your own failed party!

    BTW Jack, polls are a joke no matter how "scientific" they claim to be. You absolutely cannot get a clear picture of the entire country based on a couple thousand people.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  278. Steven Chu

    As a democratic white person, I find it horribly frustrating that Mr. Obama pumped nearly $1 billion down the Solyndra toilet, failed to justify anything done by the Department of Energy, and hasn't even fired that idiot Steven Chu.

    If he doesn't fire Mr. Chu and stop wasting my tax money, I'll have to vote Gingrich.

    What happened to the Obama that ran for election, and who is this milquetoast who took his place?

    November 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  279. Fred from Mattews

    Jack,no way this president can win next year.The south belongs to the GOP.Obama needs to go back to the streets of South Chicago where he belongs.Hope he cleans the White House before leaving.This once great country will get better after he has left.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  280. skadams

    At least Obama fans can't use the race card this time around since it was the white voters who got him in the first time. Barry's only weapon is to attack America for their "meanness and laziness". He certainly can't run on his own dismal record.

    November 16, 2011 at 5:25 pm |