White Women Seem to Dig Obama More Than His Own

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Oct. 24, 2007 – Among Black likely voters, Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) appears to be surging so far ahead of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) that he’ll have a hard time catching up.

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A new CNN poll shows Clinton nearly doubling up on Obama, leading her African-American opponent 57-33 among Black voters. And Clinton has Black women to thank for that.

Among Black women, the survey showed an overwhelming 68 percent of Black females favor Clinton versus 25 percent for Obama. When it comes to Black men, Obama is drawing 46 percent of likely voters, compared to 42 percent for Clinton.

Speaking on the Bill Maher show last week, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said that Black women are finding it easier to relate to a fellow female than to fellow African American Obama. Some are even calling Clinton’s draw among Black women the "sista factor." Of course, it’s difficult to rule out the impact that her husband, Bill, is playing in the race. Remember, renowned Black author Toni Morrison once referred to the popular former president as “the nation’s first Black president.” Many analysts have pointed to Obama’s refusal to adopt the civil rights mantle of his Black presidential forerunners as to why he is not polling stronger in the African-American community.

As for why he’s running so strong among college-educated White women, we’ll just call that the “Obama factor.”

Why do you think Obama is not running stronger among his own people? And, why so strong among White women?  Click “Discuss Now” to post your comment.

Written by BET-Staff

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