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There’s been much speculation on where Barack Obama stands with white voters after controversial comments made by Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s former pastor, surfaced in videos on YouTube a couple weeks back. Some pundits predicted a backlash from white voters, saying his subsequent speech on race didn’t assuage voter concerns; one even called it “the beginning of the end” for the Senator. But a MSNBC/Wall Street Journal poll released last week showed no significant change in Obama’s white support. While Obama saw a decrease in white support from polling conducted two weeks earlier, it was a mere two points greater than his drop in overall support; the poll’s margin of error was 3.7 percentage points. Moreover, it turns out only a quarter of those sampled had heard of Mr Wright or the controversy surrounding his remarks.
You’d think such numbers would quell the punditry’s yarns. Sadly it didn’t. Today James Joyner of Outside the Beltway linked a story from Bloomberg which characterized Mr Obama’s white support from interviews with a misrepresenative sample of voters.
Your writer doesn’t care to comment on anything Fox News might have spun on the same story.