Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Racial Divide In 2012 Election

The president has a huge racial gap to overcome in 2012.  John McCain received 12% more of the white vote in 2008 than Obama.  The gap was even larger among white men.  McCain got 16% more of the white male vote in 2008 than Obama.  The racial gap is much wider this year.  White voters prefer Romney to Obama by 21%, and white males prefer Romney by 33%.  Not all of this gap between the president and white voters is due to his race.  George Bush got 17% more of the white vote when he ran against Kerry. 

Minorities prefer Obama by much larger margins.  They make up a smaller percentage of the voting population, however.  This explains GOP efforts in many states to discourage minority voting.

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