Whaddaya Know? Obama IS Black Enough
Yes, the polls done this early before the primaries are almost worth one of the phone calls needed to conduct those polls. But I hope this puts to rest the echo-chamber meme about Barack Obama somehow alienating blacks:
The opening stages of the campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination have produced a noticeable shift in sentiment among African American voters, who little more than a month ago heavily supported Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton but now favor the candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama.
Clinton, of New York, continues to lead Obama and other rivals in the Democratic contest, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. But her once-sizable margin over the freshman senator from Illinois was sliced in half during the past month largely because of Obama's growing support among black voters.
. . .Clinton's and Obama's support among white voters changed little since December, but the changes among black Democrats were dramatic. In December and January Post-ABC News polls, Clinton led Obama among African Americans by 60 percent to 20 percent. In the new poll, Obama held a narrow advantage among blacks, 44 percent to 33 percent. The shift came despite four in five blacks having a favorable impression of the New York senator.
African Americans view Clinton even more positively than they see Obama, but in the time since he launched his campaign, his favorability rating rose significantly among blacks. In the latest poll, 70 percent of African Americans said they had a favorable impression of Obama, compared with 54 percent in December and January.
As I said before, Obama problem is not with black voters, it's with white voters, especially those that vote in the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primaries, where the populations of blacks is three and one percent respectively. Once he wins the white voters, he can easily get over with blacks, especially with him being the Democratic candidate.