Skip to comments.Obama’s Problem With White, Non-College Educated Voters is Getting Worse (Bitter clingers?)
Posted on 06/12/2012 12:39:05 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
One demographic has plagued Obama since his primary duel with Hillary Clinton: white voters without a college degree. Although Obama ultimately won enough white non-college voters to win the presidency in 2008, his performance was underwhelming by historic standards. And over the last four years, Obamas already tepid support among white voters without a college degree has collapsed. At the same time, the newer elements of the Democratic coalitioncollege educated and non-white votershave continued to offer elevated levels of support to the president. The latest polls show this trend continuing, indicating an unprecedented education gap among white votersa gap that could put Obamas electoral chances in jeopardy.
Lets dig into the numbers. Since February, 25 state and national polls from Quinnipiac and Pew Research disaggregated Obamas standing against Romney by educational attainment. The dataset has weaknesses, as the Quinnipiac state polls sample six somewhat unrepresentative East Coast states. Even so, the degree of consistency across the six states and the six national polls is striking: Of the 25 polls, 22 show a larger drop-off among non-college educated white voters.
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On average, Obama has lost nearly 6 percentage points among white voters without a college degree. Given that Obama had already lost millions of traditionally Democratic white working class voters in 2008, this degree of further deterioration is striking. In the three national polls conducted since April, Obama held just 34 percent of white voters without a college degree, compared to 40 percent in 2008. Thirty-four percent places Obama in the company of Walter Mondale, George McGovern, and the 2010 House Democrats. These are landslide numbers.
At the same time, college educated white voters continue to offer 2008 levels of support to the President. In the same 25 polls, Obama lost an average of just 1.5 percentage points among white voters with a college degree. The national polls show Obama holding just as well, and the most recent Pew poll actually shows Obama improving on his 2008 performance among college educated whites.
The uneven decline of Obamas 2008 coalition has opened an unprecedented education gap among white voters. The current polls show that the education gap could nearly double, at least if Romney can persuade the undecided white working class Obama 08 voters with reservations about Obamas performance. In 2008, Obama lost white college graduates by four points and whites without a college degree by 19 points. If the national polls are correct, and Obama currently holds approximately 35 percent of the white non-college vote, then Romney has an opportunity to win white non-college voters by 30 points. If Romney does so, the education gap would increase from 15 points in 2008 to 26 points in 2012. For comparison, the vaunted gender gap was 14 points in 2008 and 13 points in the most recent Pew poll.
The emerging education gap could rejigger the electoral map, leaving Obama well positioned in states where Obama is less dependent on the support of white voters without a college degreethe educated and diverse mid-Atlantic and southwestern statesbut giving Romney an advantage in states where Democrats need white non-college votersthe traditionally Democratic Midwestern states, where nearly half of Obamas 2008 supporters were whites without a college degree.
Of course, theres no guarantee that the growing education gap manifests uniformly across a diverse country. In 2008, Obama received about the same share of white voters without a college degree as Kerry in 2004, but that national-level stability belied big regional shifts. Obama had made significant gains among white working class voters in the Midwest and West, vaulting traditionally Republican states like Montana and Indiana into the toss-up column. At the same time, white working class voters in greater Appalachia and much of the rural South either didnt vote or switched to McCain, leaving Obama routed in historically competitive states like West Virginia and Arkansas.
Unfortunately, there isnt yet enough data to determine the geographic distribution of Obamas white non-college defectors. Even so, wide variance in Obamas dependence on white non-college voters points toward the possibility that Obamas chances in Wisconsin could be in jeopardy, even as Obamas narrower margins in Virginia and North Carolina appear intact. This means that Obamas strong showing in the Wisconsin recall exit poll takes outsized significance in this context. If Obamas enduring strength among educated and non-white voters keeps Obama competitive in traditionally Republican states like Virginia and North Carolina, but Romney doesnt get his end of the bargain in Democratic-but-white-working-class states like Wisconsin, the electoral map starts to look a lot better for Obama. On the other hand, Wisconsins demographics give the Romney campaign cause to at least initially contest the state, even if the current polling looks unfavorable.
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There is, however, a potential upside for Obama in all this: Despite the presidents diminished standing among less educated white voters, Romney has not yet convinced disaffected voters to join his cause. Instead, many of these voters remain undecided, and Romney still trails McCains eventual tallies in many of these polls. In all but one of the 25 polls, less educated whites were more likely to be undecided than college educated whites. In the six national polls, 5 percent of college educated whites were undecided compared to 9 percent of whites without a college degree.
Romneys road to victory starts with consolidating disaffected voters who do not approve of the Presidents performance. Unsurprisingly then, the Obama campaigns initial wave of advertising appears well-suited to disrupting those efforts. Depicting Romney as a plutocratic corporate raider seems likely to resonate with working class voters, especially since many traditionally have voted for Democratic presidential candidates. On the other hand, most of these voters harbor deep reservations about Obamas performance and probably voted for Republicans in the 2010 midterms. Romneys main goal in the coming months will be to convince them to join his cause.
If he loses it will be do to racism. That is the mantra now being pushed hard.
Luckily, he still has the 1/32 Cherokee vote in the bag.
Oh, fer chrissake.
White non-college educated voters have to work for a living.
Obama doesn’t know anything about that, he never hit a decent lick in his life.
Community organising is not exactly manual labor.
It isn’t that they’re “educated,” it’s that they are indoctrinated.
Buh-bye, zero ... and all the czars that rode in with you.
I believe 17% of Bush voters voted for Obama, while only about 8% of Kerry voters voted for McCain. In any case, all racism blame lies squarely on any Kerry voters that voted for McCain, since Bush voters that went for McCain didn’t change how they vote.
I think he’s in trouble with the 1/2 white, 1/4 Hispanic and 1/4 black vote, like George Zimmerman, though.
Proof that a college education makes you stupid.
Obamas Problem With White, Non-College Educated Voters
.. i.e., white working class people he never liked anyway. Hopefully they get the message this time around.
Can I join the party?
So, calling a fairly large voting block stupid gun loving religious bitter clinger crazy veteran hicks causes them not to want to vote for your candidate?
I find that hard to believe. /s
Yet more proof of Mr. Jefferson’s (himself a highly educated man) concerns that the “sophistocated” and allegedly “educated” elites then beginning to gather in the cities would largely abandon the common sense he trusted in the rough and practical farmers and tradesmen who remained on the rural land (aka “the real world”).
Those values of hard work, love of tradition and common sense were absolute necessities if they and their families were to survive in that more natural environment, an environment that would not tolerate the failure to apply reason and common sense to their behavior.
In other words, those on the land either lived by “the rules” nature imposed upon them — or they perished.
One of the positive aspects of not being black and obsessed with race, or not undergoing 4 years of advanced liberal indoctrination.
We know that not all blacks or all white college graduates drank the Obama Kool-Aid, but the majority did.
Who are these people? I want to help them get their money back (if they've been repaying their student loans).
And he wonders why his coalition is defunct?
I think it is sad that the result of an expensive college education is the inability to think for oneself. Or maybe these days that is programmed out before college. Either that or the education places people in jobs where everyone is a lockstep liberal—which is true of most state and local government bureaucracies including school districts.