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It All Comes Down to Race: Your opinions on health care reform, taxes, even the presidentís dog..
Slate ^ | June 1, 2012 | Sasha Issenberg

Posted on 06/02/2012 5:36:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The wishful scenario many Republicans envisioned after Barack Obama’s change of heart this month on gay marriage—the president’s African-American base, far less supportive of expanding marriage than other parts of his coalition, becomes demobilized or even defects as a result of Obama’s stance—already seems unlikely to be realized. Last Thursday, Public Policy Polling revealed a 36-point swing in black support for gay marriage among Maryland voters, who will have the chance to legalize the practice in a November referendum, since PPP’s last poll on the subject in March. Then, 56 percent had been opposed to the new marriage law and 39 percent supported it. In May, PPP found the numbers nearly reversed: 55 percent supported, and 36 opposed. By all indications, black voters weren’t abandoning Obama over an issue on which they disagreed, but adjusting their opinions to match his.

That notion—that our views toward Obama are stable and everything else is changing around them—has been at the core of Michael Tesler’s groundbreaking survey research throughout the Obama era. Last week, as PPP tracked opinion in Maryland, the Brown University political scientist was reviewing his own national polls conducted since Obama’s switch, which helped moor the movement on gay marriage in a broader, deeper set of attitudes. Not only was Obama’s support pulling blacks toward his position, it was also pushing a segment of whites whom Tesler categorized as “racial conservatives” away from his position. In other words, Obama had such sway over race-conscious voters that they adjusted their positions on gay marriage because of him....

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Health/Medicine; Politics
KEYWORDS: abortion; blacks; deathpanels; gaymarriage; obama; obamacare; racism; zerocare
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1 posted on 06/02/2012 5:36:58 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Speaking of Obama’s dog, has anyone seen him recently? Or was he eaten over Memorial Day?


2 posted on 06/02/2012 5:43:33 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel (Da Bro' Gotsta Go!)
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It’s a sad commentary that conservatives tend to judge a man by the content of his character, but the concept is mostly lost on dem slaves. Reverend King gave it a good shot.


3 posted on 06/02/2012 5:43:43 PM PDT by Edgar3 (Don't THREAD on me!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Like the German populace in 1938. They adjusted their views to that of their leader as well.


4 posted on 06/02/2012 5:58:14 PM PDT by blackdog (There is no such thing as healing, only a balance between destructive and constructive forces.)
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“Public Policy Polling revealed a 36-point swing in black support for gay marriage among Maryland voters”

Just further proof that many voters refuse to think for themselves. Playing Follow the Leader is much more convenient.


5 posted on 06/02/2012 6:40:01 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Fat, drunk and stupid = Dumb, dependent, and Democrat)
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Just further proof that many voters refuse to think for themselves. Playing Follow the Leader is much more convenient.

Don't buy into this leftist propaganda. It's a total fabrication.

Attitudes about homosexuality within the black community are extremely conservative - nearly bordering on 'homophobia'. That attitude is buttressed by most blacks' belief in Christianity, and is as old and well-established as dirt.

Obama hasn't caused a significant number of blacks to change their mind about homo sex. If anything, he's just alienated most of them on this one subject.

It's the height of arrogance, and even ignorance, to believe that this one man is capable of causing a large percentage of an entire sub-culture to shift their view on something that has been ingrained in their culture since time immemorial.

Total hogwash.

6 posted on 06/02/2012 7:47:12 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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They still vote 90%+ as a bloc. Whatever resistance they put up will dissipate, just like it did when the homosexual lobby first tried to convince the NAACP types that it too was a “civil right”


7 posted on 06/02/2012 8:26:43 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat (Fat, drunk and stupid = Dumb, dependent, and Democrat)
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They still vote 90%+ as a bloc. Whatever resistance they put up will dissipate, just like it did when the homosexual lobby first tried to convince the NAACP types that it too was a “civil right”

Black Democrat voters have been hit harder by Obama's mishandling of the US economy than any other racial group, and they know it. There is a malaise amongst blacks about the upcoming election that is palpable.

The 'thrill' is truly gone for the Usurper. There's a real sense of betrayal in the minds of many blacks, which will translate into lower voter turn-out in the general.

8 posted on 06/02/2012 8:33:29 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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