Just how racially polarized is America?

November 17, 2011


Shortly after election 2010, I wrote:

Unfortunately (for the nation, but fortunately for Republicans), I think an increasingly monolithic white vote will be a feature of future elections across the country, as Democrats cater more and more to their core racial constituencies.

That’s why the Midwest went so overwhelmingly Republican in 2010.

Since then, survey after survey has proved me right. And now there’s one more:

With just about a year to ago until Election Day, the U.S. is a racially divided nation when it comes to President Barack Obama.

Consider this: A new CNN/Opinion Research Poll shows 61% of whites disapprove of the way Obama is handling his job vs. 36% who don’t – that’s almost two-to-one. For non-whites, it’s almost the mirror image. Only 32% disapprove while 67% approve.

As in most countries with deep cultural divisions, “diversity” means that American voting will become polarized along racial/ethnic/religious lines. As white voters move towards minority status, they will become an increasingly monolithic voting bloc, just like other minority groups.

5 Responses to Just how racially polarized is America?

  1. Christopher Estep on November 17, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I think you’re playing into the intentional spin put on that poll. It’s not racial polarization so much as political polarization. It’s an undisputed fact that minorities (regardless of the foolish reasons) tend to vote Democrat. Seeing a poll that says minorities like the Democrat president is as shocking as a poll that would say most people from Atlanta speak with an accent.

    Here’s what you’re missing in the poll. It’s not that “only” 32% of whites disapprove. What’s significant in that poll is that ONLY 67% approve. The reason why Obama won (demographically) in 2008 is largely due to having a significant white vote combined with virtually ALL of the minority vote! 33% disapproval by the one group on which Obama should have a lock is the real story here.

  2. anonymous un-RINO on November 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Correct. Obambi’s standing with blacks has been spotty recently. And with hispanics, it’s in the dumper. He may well lose them in 2012.

    Independents put Obambi at 30% approval or so, and that’s where white America is, basically, which sounds about right, since they’d be the largest fraction of Independents.

    I agree that the real story is Obambi’s drop in his non-white vote. The white vote is just the American electorate’s statement about another failed president.

  3. ATTILA on November 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    As the white majority becomes more threatened, they will become
    a more monolithic voting block.

    diversity===divides. The “melting pot” was a fraud from day one.

  4. unclefred on November 17, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Poli you trot this out every few months. Christopher is correct. Other than a certain connection that Obama has produced with black voters (perhaps worth about 4% of the black vote), people in this country vote based on their political beliefs. It happens that the Democrats have done a much better job convincing minorities that they are better served by Democrats.

    Kerry and Gore both got over 91% of the black vote.. Depending on whose numbers you use Obama got between 95% and 96% of the black vote.

    un-RINO is right about hispanics, in the last poll I saw (and I posted here about it) Obama was under water with them.

    I’m curious, why do you trot this out every so often? Why do you see America in this way? I’m not bashing you. I am genuinely trying to understand your motive.

  5. Berlet98 on November 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Maxine Waters and OWS Mitigate Rape

    The perverse, violent act of raping a girl or woman has always and rightly been considered a vile, reprehensible crime in civilized societies.

    Many Muslim nations either condone rape or place such burdensome sharia restrictions on the victim that it’s not worth the effort of reporting, but that’s another story un-related to civilized societies.

    Based on her blase’ attitude toward the crime of rape, as well as toward assault and thievery, Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters could very well be a closet Muslim as could the Occupy Wall Street crowd.

    You may recall the 73 year old Mad Maxine, former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus and representative of California’s 35th CD. She’s the staunch defender of looters whom she believes are simply “mamas trying to buy diapers” and riot as “the voice of the unheard” and who last August told conservatives where to go when she said, “The Tea Party can go straight to hell!”

    Mad Max has a way with words, a toxic way but a way. Wanting Republicans to “walk the plank” may have been metaphorical but there is no mistaking her hell suggestion nor her 2005 comments on President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney: “The President is a liar. Dick Cheney, the chief architect of the Big Lie, is not only a liar, he is a thief.”

    The representative of Rodney King’s hellish district has less emphatic views on rape and other ongoing criminal activities at OWS demonstrations which she dismissed with the comment, “that’s life and it happens.”

    A fierce opponent of flag-waving though not greed, Waters was named on a list of corrupt congresspeople on various occasions and cited as congressional “Porker of the Month” in June, 2009 by Citizens Against Government Waste. Not unsurprisingly and much like President Barack Hussein Obama, she is an enthusiastic supportor of all things liberal. Both back the OWSers to the hilt even if, umm, stuff happens in their midst.

    And a lot of stuff is happening during those protests, including muggings, robberies, overdoses, and sexual attacks on both men and women. . . (Read more at http://www.genelalor.com/blog1/?p=6011.)