six percent racist; 100% ironic
Obama would be 6% higher in polls, if there was no racism in white Democrats, according to this Salon.com article about an AP-Yahoo News poll.
"There are a lot fewer bigots than there were 50 years ago, but that doesn't mean there's only a few bigots," said Stanford political scientist Paul Sniderman who helped analyze the exhaustive survey.
Not all whites are prejudiced. Indeed, more whites say good things about blacks than say bad things, the poll shows. And many whites who see blacks in a negative light are still willing or even eager to vote for Obama.
40 percent of all white Americans hold at least a partly negative view toward blacks, and that includes many Democrats and independents.
One-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks — many calling them "lazy," "violent" or responsible for their own troubles.
Race is not the biggest factor driving Democrats and independents away from Obama. Doubts about his competency loom even larger, the poll indicates. More than a quarter of all Democrats expressed doubt that Obama can bring about the change they want, and they are likely to vote against him because of that. Three in 10 of those Democrats who don't trust Obama's change-making credentials say they plan to vote for McCain.
---that's what I don't understand. If you doubt that one candidate can bring the change you want, you'll vote for the opposing candidate? It's irrational, and that's the problem. Political liberals argue from reason; political conservatives stir up feelings, and promise to address those feelings.
Perhaps our fear of change is so strong, that if we cannot be sure of the outcome, we'll vote for no change at all. If Obama loses the election, it won't be due to the specific fear of racism, but rather the more generalized fear of change. What an irony, when both major parties are running on a platform of "Change." McCain promises to change "those people" in Washington; Obama promises to change *us*. That's what people most fear. And that's the transformation that we most need. Whoever wins in November, that's the change that religious liberals must continue to work toward.