October 7th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Why are many whites turning against Pres. Obama & Democrats?


President Obama shakes hands after addressing a rally last week at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Obama continues to have problems when it comes to race.

White independent voters helped make Barack Obama the first African-American president in history, but now a lot of them apparently don't like him so much anymore.

A CNN poll taken shortly after President Obama was inaugurated in April 2009 showed a 61 percent approval rating among whites. That same poll now shows the president with a 34 percent rating among whites. Meanwhile, more than 90 percent of blacks approve of the job the president is doing.

And there are more signs of trouble when it comes to support from white voters - not just for the president but for the Democrats in general.

Another new poll shows working-class whites are flocking to the Republican Party, which will make it even tougher for the Democrats to keep control of Congress.

The Associated Press-GFK poll shows whites without college degrees prefer Republican candidates by 22 percentage points. That's double the margin of the past two elections.

Compare that with white people with college degrees, who are split evenly between the two parties; and minorities, who heavily back the Democrats.

Working-class whites are a key voting bloc - they make up about four in 10 voters nationally, and the Democrats can't afford to lose more of them. A lot of these voters were never too fond of Barack Obama to begin with. Remember Obama's comments about bitter small-town voters who cling to their guns and religion?

The silver lining for Democrats here is almost 30 percent of working-class whites in this poll say they may still switch candidates. If they don't, the Democrats could see a tsunami.

Here’s my question to you: Why have so many whites turned against President Obama and the Democrats?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Jack in Niceville, Florida writes:
A better question is: Why haven't blacks turned against him? Why do more than 90% of them still support a president who has been a miserable failure in every sense of the word? There is racism at work here, but it's not just coming from white people.

Mark writes:
Jack, I'm surprised at you. If this isn't a RACIST question, then I've never seen one! I know many people of COLOR who are just as disgusted with Obama and his policies as "Whites".

Gary in Arizona writes:
Obama creates too many questions without straightforward answers. His smooth talk about change during the campaign has not materialized and, in fact, he is now perceived as talking down to America's white working class. The small-town folks sticking with their guns and religion being a case in point. His big government, big spending, and an incredible national debt have caused second thoughts among the white middle class who work hard and pay their bills. There's a genuine disconnect.

Tom in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida writes:
Jack, I won't support Obama again. And I don't regret my vote for him. I think we need a box for "None of the Above." When "None of the Above" receives the most votes, all candidates are rejected and may not run again. A new primary is held to vet new candidates.

John in Vermont writes:
It's the economy and the unremarkable health care bill which will penalize most people.

Ron in Georgia writes:
I have been a Democrat for almost 40 years. I voted for Obama. I hesitate to vote for him again. It's not about color, I wouldn't care if he was as Irish as the Blarney Stone. It's about two things: competence and courage. Sadly, this administration lacks the competence to make government work. Tragically, it lacks the courage to pursue the policies that would put Americans back to work.

Rafael writes:
I've been saying for months that the opposition to Obama is racial. The Klu Klux Klan never went away, it just went inside and waited for the Tea Party.

Filed under: Democrats • President Barack Obama • Race
soundoff (110 Responses)
  1. Jenny Nanuet, NY

    There's a lot of powerful voices on the right putting out misinformation hour after hour, day after day. Those who listen to these voices become afraid-especially the "low-information" voters.

    October 7, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  2. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    You would think that at least white women would appreciate the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act helping women achieve equal pay for equal work. But uneducated whites are moving to the GOP because they have an appealing simplistic message. (Although with few facts or concrete policy ideas.) Meanwhile the Democrats have nuanced and detailed policy ideas that have folks yawning after the first paragraph.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  3. allen

    Ah, racism.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  4. Ed

    He would probably have less race problems if he hadn't given all the money to the banks and big businesses. Bush had a lot of the same race problems.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  5. John, Fort Collins, CO

    President Obama got it right two years ago: working class whites do cling to their guns and their religion, and they do listen to talk radio people like Rush Limbaugh, and they do believe the internet rumors about gun control, death panels, and reductions in Medicare benefits. College educated whites generally ignore right wing talk radio and the internet rumors. All of this is probably just about the same as the demographics for white people who are regular watchers of "reality" television programs.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  6. Paul In Dallas, TX

    Because they believe the constant GOP attacks of the sky is falling.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  7. Gigi Oregon

    I didn't know they had. Since I voted for the Republicans and now I'm going to vote for President Obama. Please don't send us back to the Party of "NO" unless it's for the rich. We can't afford to have the Republicans back in the White house till we pay off their debt (going to war in the wrong country). Clinton paid of Georges's fathers debt and had built some reserve and they spent every dime and doubled the debt. think twice ("whites") ...Jack's words not mine.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  8. Hannah

    He's not losing this white voter. Just keep it up "liberal" media. You'll get back your corporate hores yet and they can finish off what is left of the middle class.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  9. AJ

    it's not the man, it's the direction that he is taking the country that people are against. I do not the Govt. telling me what to do, what to eat, where my kids can go to school. ect ect..........

    October 7, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  10. Gigi Oregon

    Don't count your votes till they are in. Or as Grandma said don't count the chicken till there hatched.

    I'll be voting against both Republican parties.
    In Oregon

    October 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  11. katiec Pekin, IL

    Well, Jack, do not put much credibility to polls, especially those taken by CNN.
    The American worker, middle class American has no choice but to support the Democrats. The alternative would be diasterous.
    Unfortunately some, and apparently those in CNN polls have allowed theirselves to be influenced by the propaganda, lies ,but when push comes to shove they will realize the republicans do not represent the American people,

    October 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    The GOP ramped up their fear, hate, and blame game. Tell a bunch of idiots the same thing day after day, and it becomes truth. Throw in fear about reaching minority status with a takeover by brown people, and there you go. You don’t even need a plan for governing, other than the same sorry one that failed miserably.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  13. Gary

    Aren't all whites without college degrees already Republicans. The educated whites are Democrats.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  14. Karl from SF, CA

    It boils down to the fact that the Republicans have done a far better job of selling their Snake Oil then the Democrats have of selling their antibiotics to the white electorate. Hopefully the miracle of modern politics will catch on with the most backward of the white electorate and flourish on Election Day.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  15. george c paree

    how mant time can man lie to you ubtil you cant belive him . chuck paree anderson in

    October 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  16. bob

    This is not a race issue for the working class "white people" . They bought into the so- callec hope and change and got way more than they expected or were told and are obviously VERY dissatisfied with the current adminstration. The black vote will always vote for blacks as they've become the racists they disdain....show me where it's not true and I'll give it a look and possibly change my opinion, I live in Chicago and know it to be true...look at Harold Washington and Todd Stroger.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  17. Dave

    Why? Because the President is Black. A lot of whites haven't still gotten over the fact that they now live in a country that has a "colored" person as president.
    Sarasota, FL

    October 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  18. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    What else should be expected when Obama continually keeps on losing the message war about his policies and when he is perceived by a lot of people as being a weak leader?

    October 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  19. Rafael O. Quezada

    I've been saying for months that the opposition to Obama is racial. The Klu Klux Klan never went away, it just went inside and waited for the Tea Party.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  20. perry jones

    this will never be read but if this is a fact then why are so many persons of color so blind to the facts that the president and the party of full steam ahead and dam the people are flushing this nation down the toilet
    perry jones council bluffs iowa

    October 7, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  21. Sharon

    No disrespect intended but maybe they only get their news information is from Fox News.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  22. Marilyn from Ohio

    Well, Jack, if you had thousands of people running around the country with tea bags hanging from their hats saying you were a Socialist, a Muslim, a Marxist and not an American-born Christian, I guess people would turn against you also.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  23. honest John in Vermont

    It's the economy and the unremarkable Health Insurance Bill which will penalize most people.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  24. paul

    Fed up with the give away of our tax money to banks at near 0 percent interest and making a false economy for wall street. We will all pay for this in the future.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  25. smalltowngirl

    Because their way of life is often ridiculed and disrespected by urban and suburban liberals.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  26. chris keinan

    Many whites stereotyped him to be a magic negro as a black man that solves all white folks problems. Because of existing racism and the myth of white supremacy in this country, whites fell for their demise.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  27. Steve

    Obama, Reid, and Pelosi – Do I have to say more? Working Whites do not fancy giving up their earned wages and salaries to those that are not working to support themselves. There are jobs to be filled so I don't want to hear that. Just check the want ads every day.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  28. Eve Lemon

    They are more gullible and shortsighted. They believed Pres O could fix in a year what it took GWB eight years to create. Granted Pres O has spread himself too thinly and let the repubs out lie him, but these people lack the critical thinking ability necessary to figure things out. Eve of Texas

    October 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  29. Andrew

    Why, because he is black and he represents a new direction in the country. A direction that many have paid lip service to but inwardly were uncomfortable with. The tea party movement, which is primarily white, has attracted such people as David Duke (Just google him and you will see what kind of person he is). Why not have a discussion about some of these grass roots movements and who is behind them.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  30. Jamie (Tacoma, Wa)

    Since the day after election the hard right wing of the Republican party has done nothing but innundate in boxes with non stop hatred, lies and fear mongering. Aided and abetted by it's Fox minions, it's no wonder that those who have suffered most in this economy (created by Republicans) actually believe their problems are all the fault of Liberals and our President.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  31. Josh Utica NY

    It took George W. eight years to destroy the country. People are going to have to give Obama and the Dem's more than two years to fix it. Ignorance was bliss now it's time to pay the piper and people don't like it.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  32. Jenna in Sacramento, ca

    Because unlike many other people, we voted for the change he promised not because of the color of his skin. Change has come all right, but not the kind to be proud of.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  33. Mensaman

    It's more cultural than racial .White voters are fed up with Obamas poorperformance. He did not fulfill many campaign promises and the economy is bad. Obama overpromised and under delivered so white voters will vote him out.
    Black people are the most forgiving people culturally. This translates into loyalty, regardless of a person's indiscretions. This is why they will vote for Obama and Democrats, even though things continue to be a mess. They will also vote in Rangle and Waters again and again. Remember Marion Barry? He got voted in again after prison.
    Kwame Kilpatrick and Rep. Jefferson from N.O. will be back in politics after they serves their sentences too.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  34. Bob

    This is an easy one jack! The President and Democratic Congress want amnesty, No E-Verify, No tax on those that out source, No tax on China. These would create millions of jobs But they want to try and solve everything by spending to create jobs and that just does not work. They lost my vote!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  35. Mark H.

    Is the answer not obvious? Failed policy transcends race.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  36. Jim Blevins

    If you keep telling yourself that you are not prejudiced, you will believe it. But you will often act on more deeply held beliefs that you pretend that you don't have.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    October 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  37. Patricia R. King

    I have no clue why but I suspect it is partially because the media so frequently refers to President Obama dismissively as Mr. Obama. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I have heard Bush, Clinton, Ford, Reagan, Kennedy, etc ever referred to as Mr. but Cafferty just did it again with President Obama. NPR's people do it at least 1/3 of the time when they are speaking of him. Is this a very subjective example of racism? I think so.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  38. Jim L

    This is easy. Fiscal irresponsibility and ignoring the constituency

    October 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  39. Josh

    Maybe they feel like no one is helping them out. The economy is not the greatest right now, and numerous people across the country are out of work. Even if you lost your house and or your job, you can still vote.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  40. Larry- MPLS

    I am a white voter that voted for President Obama, not because of his racek but because of his promise of change. He may be losing my vote in the next election- not because of his race- but because of his failure to deliver on his promise of change.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  41. Samantha

    Who cares about Democrats OR Republicans at this point? They've already robbed me of my 401K – by ALLOWING Wall Street to take place. Fifty years of working and I end up with WHAT? Then to add insult to injury, my taxes went up, they cut my very modest annuity, and I'm still left with less money. And people honestly think it's going to make a difference WHO they vote for at this point? The damage has been done – let 'em have another 8 years of the Republicans – I'm sure they'll line their pockets some more $$ in Washington. I'm done with it.....

    October 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  42. gl36

    Because this was the land of the free and home of the brave.
    Now it's the broke home and land of the over taxed to pay for the illegals and the ones that never wanted to work, just stand in a welfare line. So you ask me why I would not vote for obama,
    because we will be a third world toilet just like mexico, iraq, iran, india,
    and then the liberals & democraps will be happy that we have spread the wealth.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  43. GordCrawford

    It is simple More young people voted for Obama than so called blue collar white people. Racism has been stoked by the right wing republicans and UNEDUCATED white people have fallen for it! Go GOP

    October 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  44. Marco555

    Oh Jack, just stop it. You're an old anti-establishment hippie from another era. It doesn't matter who's in office, you're going after em'.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  45. Barbara

    I am a white independant and I am not against President Obama.
    I think he is doing a better job than anyone else I can think of especially when he has to deal with the "NO" republicans.
    I do believe, however, that when we elected him (and because he was the perfect bridge being black and white) as well as being the most intelligent candidate we had to chose from, that he would be the one person who could unite us. Well, I didn't realize how many "anti's" there are out there. I also think he would do better if he would not refer to himself as only black. Since he is both, he should build on that and refer to himself as such. Maybe the white people are feeling a bit like the blacks used to.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  46. Jesse Warren - Port St. Lucie, FL

    It has nothing to do with being white. You can be any color to see first hand that the democrats did not deliver on their promise. Color has nothing to do with a healthcare plan that nobody wanted. In third grade you learn not to submit the ABC's with wrong letters. You submit it when your assignment is correct. Getting shafted is colorblind, you just know it when it happens to you. For anyone that voted for this administration, particularly in Nevada, my home state until 2006...how's it working for you now? You can be any color, deaf, blind and crippled to to realize that Obama and Axelrod are the con artists of the century. As for Biden and Pelosi, these comments would not be aired if I could tee off on those two except to laugh as they nod approval of the president's every word like the dog toy you nodding in the rear window of some cars.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  47. charles

    It is not about race at all. Obama has single-mindedly pursued a policy of wealth distribution domestically, and though he has ensured that the majority of people are on the receiving end of this equation it is offensive to every American because it violates fundamental American beliefs in being rewarded for working hard and self reliance.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  48. Mary-Margaret Miller

    I think people are far more impatient with people who aren't like them. White men are far more likely to give another white man the benefit of the doubt than a black man or woman of any race. When they don't see immediate success, it confirms some underlying belief that woman and minorities are just not quite as good.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  49. Don Desaulniers (Bellville, Ontario)

    He sounded like an A student or even a wise professor. We believed he could do what he promised.
    Too late we discovered the only A he got was in oratory, and he skipped all the other classes.
    Every time I see his face and hear his know-it-all voice, I want to put my foot through the TV.
    That's why he is losing support.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  50. Stan Waggoner

    The three legged stool supporting the Republican Party is based on fear, smear, and racism. The Republican Party of today has no new ideas. Cut taxes for the 2%ers (causing massive debt). Deregulate industry and let them police themselves (causing the recent Bank near collapse). Be afraid of the undocumented president (they still claim President Obama is not a natural citizen of America). Fear, smear, and racism can motivate people in the short run. Ideas and innovation can save the country. Republicans have only fear, smear, and racism to offer.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  51. Joe Dowd


    I am a 67 yr old unemployed white voter. I supported PresOboma and continue to support him and his programs. He is not perfect but Ibelive that the majority of his problems stem from the staunch resistance of the Republicans to even attempt to work with him. Their primary modivation is not to govern this country fairly but to be total obstructionests to progressive leaders.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  52. Susan in Redmond, WA

    Who's many? Blue collar whites were never with Barack Obama. The rest of us mostly still are. I have absolutely NO intention of abandoning Barack Obama or the Democrats. The Republicans offer less than nothing - they offer a return to 2001-2008, which was hell time as far as the economy & wealth distribution.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  53. J. MacDonald

    Looks like the Independents have had enough CHANGE!
    Bring on the November tsunami....
    J. MacDonald
    Jacksonville, FL

    October 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  54. charles

    wealth REdistribution (i.e., socialism)

    October 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  55. roy mckinsey

    the democrates used to be for the working man,no longer. the far left have taken over and want to make this a socialist country and obama is a socialist.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  56. Susan in FL

    Jack, Its less a racial and more an economical issue: After being Bushwhacked for 8 straight years the hard pressed working class (including whites and blacks and ye...) was hoping for much needed change in their pockets and now two years later Obama and the Dems have not delivered. People are hurting and their patience is running short – and lashing out at no matter whom is in power.
    There seems to be no difference between the two parties and voting for Tea Party looks like jumping from frying pan into the fire...

    October 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  57. dorothy taylor

    Because they are now unemployed!

    But they should realize that it is because the Democrats are in power that they have been able to SURVIVE unemployment. COBRA, unemployment checks, a Health Care bill that passed – – things that the republicans would like to do away with. Wake up and see who is on your side when the chips are down!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  58. Jim

    People vote on new trends and Obama is a trend but I don't know for how long. He might be a one hit wonder President. Great communicators are sometimes not Great Leaders.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  59. Ray in Knoxville

    Two reasons, Jack. Number one: the economy still hasn't recovered and Obama has been president now during most of the mess. Second: the Gee-nO-teaPartiers have stayed on message, and history tells us that if a message is repeated often enough (and have enough money behind it) people will begin to believe it.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  60. Jason

    According to the poll presented, the biggest shift was among "white people without college degrees." These are mostly the "less than 250k a year" crowd that Obama originally spoke to protect.

    They're also the ones hit the hardest by the recession.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  61. eric

    very simple question and a very simple answer...there are far more racists in this country than they(the racists) realize.......none of this hyperbole would have gone on were Obama not black......many got caught up in the fantasy of proving themselves not to be racist, but when reality hit, their true instincts kicked in...we, as a country, have a far longer way to go then we admit

    October 7, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  62. llynn

    How do you know? Did they all vote yet and what will they get when if they do vote for your republli

    October 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  63. David P Vernon

    Tucson, AZ -The blue collar and Mr Obama do not actually understand each other. Nonetheless, he has in fact done more for their interests in the last two years than the Republicans did the previous eight. There is a litany of lies on Right Wing talk radio which has great popularity with the blue collar class. The working class does cling to its faith and its guns, and will come out in mass to defend them at the polls. The educated left knows that the working class controls elections, but has not learned how to speak to it. When the only voice you hears is the Joker on the Right, you will think the skinny brown guy is not your friend. The Joker, meanwhile, is laughing all the way to the bank – he does not have to say anything that is true as long as it is entertaining to his mass audience!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  64. Danny Banks

    Why, Mr President have you not stopped illegal immigration. You say it's because of the cheap labor they provide. Then why am I paying for their childrens breakfast and lunch at school, and paying for medical care when they are sick, partial monthly rent, and don't forget since they don't make that much money, the IRS returns.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  65. Stan Burns

    Some will say that this sudden shift among working-class whites is due to their economic issues not being solved fast enough. That's only part of it. The other truth here is that everyone should know that no President can quickly reverse damage that took a decade to create, so our people's impatience and willingness to support the creators of the damage is impatient and plain stupid. Stop waffling and be a part of the solution.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  66. Lou (Moichigan)

    "Working class whites (Joe Sixpacks?) flock to the GOP"

    Ever since the 2008 Presidential elections; Corporate America has waged a relenless campaign against the elected President.

    Turkeys "flock" ;people don't...

    October 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  67. rudy

    Americas foes are welcoming the white vote against Obama. The curse of racism usually always rise it ugly head in American politics. I hope that in 2012 the vote is the same and America votes for Palin. Can you imagine she dealing with the president of Iran and the other dictators. I hope that racism kill America and the poor uneducated whites vote against their own interest.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  68. Jim Davis

    Jack, I am a white man from Memphis, Tn. and I back the President.The white people that are turning against him are either ignorant or have been brain washed by all the propaganda the GOP has been putting out.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  69. Lonnie

    Amnesia is the only thing that I can guess. President Obama inherited a freak’n mess! It amazes me that people in general forget that it took Bush 8 damn years to screw up and literally backrupt this nation, so its going to take the President more than 2 ½ to clean it up. Where and who in the hell do you talk too, to get these damn poll numbers anyway?

    October 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  70. Will in Colorado

    Why have so many whites turned against President Obama and the Democrats?

    It is easy to think that racism is the reason why, but could it be because he is trying to push his education agenda and the majority of Americans hate education. Also, far as white Americans they have made a lot of money without much of an education until the recession caught-up with them. So, flee to the GOP, the reality is you will need education to compete.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  71. Bill

    My question: isn't 90-plus percent approval among African American voters an indication of a racial bias on the part of those voters? I don't think Saddam ever polled that high...

    October 7, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  72. Harvey, FL

    Obama is more intelligent than W, everyone hoped that Obama would use his intelligence to help get the USA back on track. Unfortunately when he tried to explain facts to his political opponents, his opponents did not want to help the majority of americans. Voters realized that he is a politician like the rest. Obama's desire to be bi-partisian is a dream that everyone would like, but is not possible. Obama and the Dems should have reconciliation more accomplished. With the polls showing Dems loosing seats, it will be even harder to get anything done.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  73. cyndi weiss

    Thats simple-i personally feel these people are racist & bigots! President Obama's accomplishments are many & it's going to take time to get us out of the eight year mess that Bush/Chaney got us into. Ooooh! by the way, I'm a 61 year old white female!!!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  74. Bill

    So it's a big deal if White supporters are leaving Obama? It's a racial divide that we need to explore? Maybe his policies are unpopular and he's losing support because in the last two years he has made our nation weaker. The larger question here is, why do Black overwhelming support him (even to a larger margin than past democratic Presidents)? Could it be because Blacks are more inclined than Whites to vote based on race?

    October 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  75. Samuel

    The common man, who is not blinded by the trivial matter that the President is black, has grown weary of Mr. Obama's arrogance. People are waking up to the fact that they are not merely subservient contributors to Mr. Obama's grand scheme – we are individuals with our own abilities, dreams, responsibilities, and desires. Maybe the President should work on managing his own life; we are fully capable of managing our own.

    Hartford, CT

    October 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  76. Patricia Carson

    Time Warner Cable is using subliminals to work peoples minds ! When they took over Adelphia in analog , I caught them on tape accidently while recording shows I wanted the credits for They show the subliminals on politics & off shore drilling. They never quit !! This is illegal & dirty politics at it's most evil !!!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  77. L. Harrell

    Jack the answer is simple. Pres. Obama is Black. Since he is a Democrat, they hates all Democrats. As sad as it is, there are idiots in this country that had rather see us go down the tubes than to see a Black President succeed.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  78. robert l railey

    i am white and know a lot of whites who hated to vote for obama even though they agread with him and a lot of folks do not see any money in their pockets and they fail ro understand the depth of this recessation help is not coming fast enough if the dems.can better lay out the differance in parties i do not think they will vote gop and take us back to what caused the recessation to start with

    October 7, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  79. Maleka

    Well I guess it's because President Obama is not moving fast enough for him. It was the microwave mentality that got us in this mess so "they" are expecting a microwave solution. Bush had 8 years to destroy this country, I will be patient and trust President Obama's decision making.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  80. Dave

    President Obama resonated with me during the campaign as guy who was out to help the middle class. He wanted to take some of the burden off us and put it on the more fortunate. He didn't do this, he isn't middle of the road, he rammed a half baked 30 year old democratic health care plan down our throats, and did little else of substance.

    He is what everyone said he was, a smooth talking left leaning liberal. I think most Americans are moderate, and we are tired of the more radical sides of both parties. Change I wanted to believe in wasn't the party line.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  81. Joe

    Its funny how people actually think republicans are going to make things better, because everything that Obama said hasn't come as fast as they wanted. Being the president isn't easy and noway in hell would I do it.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  82. Jo

    its an easy answer, no matter what race you pick we americans are have no patience, we want instantaneous results. We want to believe there is an easy quick fix. Only solution is for Congress to work together and that will no happen since the only thing they care about is keeping their job. They need to grow a pair and do what needs to be done regardless.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  83. alex

    Given the conditions we are in or I should say we were in i dont think Democrats, Republican, Independents or anyone for that matter can change anything in a year or two years... i voted for Obama beacuse he was calling to change the direction this country was going in... and by God i will not vote those people back who were in power and let these things happen to begin with... So come next election Obama is getting my vote again..

    October 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  84. thom richer

    Is that a statement of fact, Jack, or just another supposition formed by incomplete evidence and based on conjecture? What manipulated pole did this come from? I so look forward to the day when the news is once again based on fact and not , "What the hell. Let's throw it out and see how the public reacts. Who knows, our ratings might go up at the same time." I for one believe that statement to be untrue and unfounded.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    October 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  85. jay

    90% of blacks support the president.... Racism works both ways....

    October 7, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  86. Ron

    Because Obama said health care costs would go down. Mine have gone up since his bill passed. Then look at all the employment money that seems to have equated in few jobs. He said he wanted to try another way...so far, I think his way is worse.

    I voted for him but probably wouldn't again. Regardless, it is a bad idea for 1 party to control 2 branches of government. In the future, I will vote 1 way for the president and another for the congress. If Obama had won (as he did) but the Republicans had controlled congress, Obama care would have never passed..

    October 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  87. lynnej in nc

    His race stoked a lot of fear since the night of November 4, 2008. Everyone knew that it was bound to happen because of the huge mess that was left for him.

    But that said, it didn't look like it on a rival network show on location a few nights ago. They were all still in his corner.

    The main thing is we don't know what folk will do come election day. I just know we all can't be this stupid as to just blame him for this mess.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  88. ken, atlantic city nj

    We gave the black guy a chance and he proved he is just another phoney politician. He talks liberal but he walks the corporate line. He is not for main street just wall street.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  89. Charles

    I am from Alabama and Obama got about 10% of the white vote in the election. I don't think you can loose something you never had what in the first place.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  90. Erik Perez

    I'm half Mexican, part white and part American Indian. My mom & dad's income never exceeded $32k per year, combine. I'm now college educated, an officer in the Marine Corps and I have a family of my own. I disagree with most all of the democratic platform because I know if I cling to government handouts then I become a slave to government. With a good bit of help of family and friends I made myself NOT government. I don't care if a person is white, black or green... If that person is dependent on the government for the means to their life, that means that person is dependent on my work ethic and not their own. America promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It is the individual persons problem to make those things happen.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  91. I want my change

    Obama stinks as a leader, stinks as a financial manager, stinks as a listener, and just plain stinks as a President. I voted for change, and everything changed for the worse.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  92. Gail, Plano TX

    I voted for President Obama and I am white. I have not turned against him. Quite the contrary. I think he is the best President this country has seen in eons! I will vote for him again in 2012. Happily!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  93. GaryB

    A college education doesn't necessarily make one smarter. That being said, the decision to go to college often indicates a couple of character traits. 1) The willingness to study. 2) The willingness to put off short term gain (i.e. the money that comes with full time employment straght out of high school) in pursuit of long term advantages. Viewed through this prism, the lack of support among non-college-educated whites is not surprising. Often, these are people who aren't willing to put in the time to study complex issues and therefore believe any blatantly "false"right wing e-mails they receive, any out-of-context quotes, or any faux "facts" regurgitated on right wing radio. And they tend to favor quick short term fixes over long term benefits.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  94. Robert

    Had the president spent more time dealing with jobs & the economy rather than health care democrats might have been in better shape come November. I find it amusing how the party in power just can't help but shoot themselves in the foot time and time again.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  95. Fred in L.A.

    Jack, I question the 90% support of the black vote. I suspect President Obama is down across all categories. And contrary to a lot of the racial slants that hateful Democrats take on this blog, it's really the policies he's put forth that have nailed him. He expanded the deficit without creating any worthy jobs. Increased entitlements so much so, that my lazy niece doesn't even bother looking for a job. And he would rather golf and campaign instead of dealing with the Gulf or with the devastating floods that ruined peoples lives. Bush would have been crucified. So it's no wonder the bottom has fallen out of this inexperienced Presidency.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  96. Ann

    I believe that many people thought President Obama would be color blind, but his actions/statements suggest he is not. The incident with Prof Gates, and then again with the lack of action on the voter intimidation with the Black Panthers.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  97. Eric

    "Why have so many whites turned against President Obama and the Democrats?"

    Ummm... I'm going to go out on a limb here... maybe because they understand economics?

    It doesn't take a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, and it doesn't take a Nobel laureate to know that Obama is an economic ignoramus... Jimmy Carter on steriods.

    Time to bring back the Misery Index... are you better off today than you were four years ago (when dems took over congress)?

    October 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  98. Truth Squad

    "College Educated" people have been indoctrinated to the liberal view for most of their lives. They have been spoon fed nonsense for so long they believe it.

    Those who just go out and make a living, start businesses and generally make it happen in life; raising families and all, are too busy to fall for the propaganda and frog in a frying pan of the public education system.

    When you go out and see how the world works and how jobs are created and what it takes to run a business and support your family without a gov't handout you reject this nonsense that is reported on a daily basis.

    Just because you have a college education doesn't mean you have WISDOM, only "knowledge" which may or may not be useful.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  99. jeff davis

    i'm white. voted for him in '08 (the contrast between him and mccain & palin was laughable). won't vote for him in '12. reason? very simple, he's over his head. giving a speech to 100,000 people reading from a teleprompter is one thing – actually doing the job is another. one other thing, when he loses, the dems have no one to blame but themselves for even nominating this clown to begin with.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  100. jeff davis

    because he's over his head. giving a speech using a teleprompter is one things; actually doing the job is another.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  101. Chris

    Why are whites who voted for Obama no long happy with him? Because white voters are not loyal to Obama simply because he’s black. These voters are more concerned with his policies, character, values, performance and abilities as a leader…or lack thereof, than his skin color.

    Being accused of racism simply because they are not happy with the job he’s doing and the methods by which he does it…only adds insult to injury. I’ve even heard comments on MSNBC that blacks who do not agree with Obama simply suffer from Stockholm Syndrome.

    The level of disdain and contempt for the majority of American citizens coming from DC since Obama was elected is absolutely tragic. And that’s just one of the MANY reasons why many voters are angry...very angry.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  102. orunmila

    98% of Blacks voters support Obama. Talk of Racism.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  103. Bertram Pierce

    Is he losing white voters, or is the 44 percent that voted against him in 2008 simply speaking louder.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  104. BS

    Jack, President Obama is black and they don't respect his leadership just because he don't look like them and the Republican don't want him to get the country back on track they want him to be a failure. How can you disagree on everything. I will vote for President Obama and Democrats again because I will not let the media and the polls tell me who to vote for.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  105. Ron Balmer

    The same reason african americans won't be getting out to vote,as
    they did in 08.
    We set the bar too high !
    I was hopful we would return to J.F.K.'s
    Camalot. I thought that after 50 yrs., we finally found our path again.

    The timing of this recession is such that many think that this
    administration should be held responsible.
    Things are tough and people's knee jerk reaction is to
    blame those in office, right now.

    Transparency.. Where is all this campaign money coming from
    that's going to the G.O.P. campaign fund ?

    October 7, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  106. sam

    answer is simple. If the blacks were not being racists they would not support the horrible job he is doing.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  107. Ivan

    I am an educated white man, immigrant as well, came here 7 years ago as a telecommunication specialist. Yes, and I am against Obama's agenda and I hope we see his back soon. Do I have to justify that to anybody? Hell, no!

    October 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  108. Eric

    Maybe because they're unemployed and they can't feed their families Hopenchange...

    October 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  109. gee

    I hear all these poeple talking about "failed policies", broken promises, President Obama, has done more in under two years than any president in recent years period. The name is Obama not God. Things are not going to change over night. Remember this president was handed the worst economy in history, he has stopped the down fall and the country headed back in the right direction.

    October 7, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  110. Keith Long

    This article basically states that white voters are turning away from Obama because they are racist. It goes on to say that 90% of black voters still back him but says nothing about them being racist. I'm having a problem with the double standard here. Voting FOR someone because of his skin color is just as racist as voting AGAINST him for the same reason. Personally, I don't care one way or another about his race, I just don't care for his agenda.

    October 7, 2010 at 6:01 pm |