Saturday, December 5, 2009

The racial divide, again

The racial divide, again - Leonard Pitts Jr. -
You'd think it would be a simple question: How popular is Barack Obama?

And you'd think it would have a simple answer: According to a recent Gallup poll, the president's approval rating stands at 49 percent, the first time it has slipped to less than half. Of course, Obama -- you may have heard this somewhere -- is our first African-American president, and it is a reliable truism that when race enters the picture, ``simple'' leaves it.

Hence, when you parse the Gallup numbers more closely, you discover a not-so-startling divide. It turns out that among nonwhite voters (meaning in this case, African Americans and Hispanics), Obama's approval rating remains stratospheric. A staggering 91 percent of blacks and a healthy 70 percent of Hispanics approve of the job he's doing.

Whites defect

Among non-Hispanic whites, on the other hand, Obama is cratering. Just 39 percent give the president a passing grade......

1 comment:

libhom said...

Most of the support that Obama has lost after the election has been from the left due to him governing so much like a Republican. If he wants his numbers to go up, he needs to start acting more like a Democrat.