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.
A lot of us with degrees still think like the working class. Some, because we still are, and some because we remember what it is like to do without. Others, because we detest snobs like these Obama people and others because we don’t buy all this New Age PC nonsense!!
This is the lower middle class, not on Entitlements group. They happen to be mostly white, since similar people the black culture are conditioned to not try and fall down to Entitlements by their Democrat Plantation Owners.
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Barry stepped in it bigtime when the Black Panthers put out the hit on George Zimmerman and he did not energetically disavow them.
Message received lout and clear by white voters. I am on THEIR side, and will put the full force of the Federal Government behind them when they declare a race war against YOU.
Whether that’s the message Obama intended to send is debatable. But it has been received, loud and clear.
Well, I may be a racist redneck, but I have advanced degrees and I despise 0bama. Always have, Always will!
Just goes to show you can’t educate away stupidity.
Hahahahaha! It got pulled after I linked it here! LOL What are they afraid of?!
College makes you stupid?
>>Obamas Problem With White, Non-College Educated Voters is Getting Worse (Bitter clingers?)
So people who didn’t receive 2-20 years of liberal indoctrination can see that Obama is a Marxist POS and not the Black Messiah sent to save us from the evil planet-killing capitalists?? Who’da thunk it?!?
Gots me one dem ther colege decrees an even gots me sumthun called a master decree which iz sumthun ya can git foll’un colege. Stil cant stand the gay sory azz in da whit houze.
No, not stupid but arrogant. They believe whats between their ears makes them something special. They then feel free to view themselves as rulers of the simple masses, any they view to be inferior. This is the way the world has always been. If its not education, its blood line etc etc. In the end arrogance is arrogance no matter how you arrive at it.
If conservatives would flood their local police departments with calls reporting that crime, do you think they’d finally do something about it? Why are the black panthers not in jail? Does that mean I can put a million dollar bounty (”dead or alive”) on my enemies?
Just because they do not have a college degree does not mean they are unskilled.
Well, barry said he was not worried about getting the “white working class” votes. FUbo.
I'm sure they are highly skilled. They're just stooooopid and racis[t].
Someday, one way or another, Obama and his brood will be ejected from the White House.
But the incredibly stupid people who voted him into office will still be with us, still voting and still breeding new generations of stupid people.
Maybe those who didn’t go to college never got the lesson that they’re supposed to be impressed by someone who went to Harvard just because he or she went to Harvard because that automatically makes him or her better than them.
Maybe they’re stuck in the old-fashioned way of measuring a person by his or her results.
“...college educated white voters continue to offer 2008 levels of support to the President...”
Wow, have they been dumbed-down or what? I’d support him all the way up to the gallows, or to the first train out of D.C.
The Left has gone anti-white, those who remain are narcissists who are both self loathing and convinced of transcendence ( I want to send them to Zimbabwe).
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