Michael Medved

Though racial politics played a big role in Barack Obama’s historic 2008 victory, the president’s liberal admirers now worry over falling approval among ethnic minorities. Charles M. Blow of the New York Times noted polling that showed sharp declines in his support from Hispanics and Blacks; even if non-white backing dipped by only 10 percent from his crushing majorities last time, the president would lose the election. The core problem is approval ratings among whites that seldom exceeds 40 percent, suggesting Obama stands little chance of replacing declining minority numbers with a surge in white support.

 

The lesson for Republicans is to campaign enthusiastically among non-whites: even small gains—like shrinking Obama’s percentage of black voters from 95 to 85 percent, and of Hispanics from 67  to 57 percent— should be enough to make him a one-term president. 

 


Michael Medved

Michael Medved's daily syndicated radio talk show reaches one of the largest national audiences every weekday between 3 and 6 PM, Eastern Time. Michael Medved is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Hollywood vs. America, Right Turns, The Ten Big Lies About America and 5 Big Lies About American Business
 
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