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58% Say Obama Denounced Wright for Political Convenience, not Outrage

May 2, 2008

obamaschickens1.jpgA re Obama’s chickens
coming home to roost?

Or is his chicken being roasted?
What a glorious day it will be when the fork is stuck in and he is DONE!

With those thoughts in mind, I thought I would throw these Rasmussen poll results out there. For what they are worth. Make of the results what you will.
I know how I am looking at them. There there may be ‘hope’ that things are ‘changing’ for the better.

Friday, May 02, 2008
A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 30% of the nation’s Likely Voters believe Barack Obama denounced his former Pastor, Jeremiah Wright, because he was outraged. Most—58%–say he denounced the Pastor for political convenience. The survey was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday night. Obama made his statements about Wright on Tuesday.

Wright held a mini-media tour last weekend capped by a press conference at the National Press Club on Monday. Only 33% of voters believe that Obama was surprised by the views Wright expressed at Monday’s press conference. Fifty-two percent (52%) say he was not surprised.

Fifty-six percent (56%) say it’s at least somewhat likely that Obama “shares some of Pastor Wright’s controversial views about the United States.” That figure includes 26% who say it’s Very Likely Obama holds such views. At the other end of the spectrum 24% say it’s Not Very Likely that Obama shares such views. Just 11% say it’s Not at All Likely.

Just 7% of the nation’s voters agree with Wright’s views of the United States. African-American voters, by a 64% to 12% margin, disagree with Wright. Eighty-one percent (81%) of all voters are following the story somewhat or very closely.

Nine percent (9%) of voters have a favorable opinion of Wright. Eight-one percent (81%) have an unfavorable view. That includes 62% with a Very Unfavorable opinion.

As you would expect, there are strong partisan differences on these questions. Generally, Democrats are divided while Republicans take a less charitable view of Obama.

Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans believe it’s somewhat or very likely that Obama shares some of Wright’s views. That assessment is shared by 48% of Democrats and 49% of those not affiliated with either major party.

Democrats are evenly divided as to whether or not Obama was surprised by Wright’s comments on Monday. Republicans overwhelmingly reject that notion. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 36% say Obama was surprised while 45% disagree.

Just 36% of Democrats believe outrage was the motivation for Obama to denounce his former Pastor. That view is shared by 38% of unaffiliated voters and 16% of Republicans.

Rasmussen Reports is an electronic publishing firm specializing in the collection, publication, and distribution of public opinion polling information.

The Rasmussen Reports ElectionEdge™ Premium Service for Election 2008 offers the most comprehensive public opinion coverage ever provided for a Presidential election.

Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade.

This telephone survey of 800 Likely Voters was conducted by Rasmussen Reports April 30-May 1, 2008. The margin of sampling error for the survey is +/- 3.5 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.

Brilliant photoshop courtesy of S. Weasel

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  1. May 2, 2008 2:14 pm

    Obama saw that the Rev. wasn’t going to go away quietly, so he had to do something. His story is BS. 20 years? That should be all that needs to be said about it.

    20 Years?

    Robert D’s last blog post..What Will The Goracle Do Now?

  2. May 2, 2008 2:47 pm


    Yep! The whole ’20 years’ time span was enough to convince me.

    Though I’m out to convince as many others as I possibly can.
    So I will continue to toil away while chipping away at the false facade.


    America is beginning to listen. Thank God!

  3. May 2, 2008 3:54 pm

    You know, Obama only denounced Wright, not the church. Here’s a piece on the church itself from Glenn Beck.

    Robert D’s last blog post..What Will The Goracle Do Now?

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