Six percentage points is the price Barack Obama could pay on election day for being black. This disturbing calculation was found in a landmark poll by the Associated Press in conjunction with Yahoo and Stanford University.
The poll was designed ot probe people's racial attitudes and how those attitudes affect voting. Obama is the first black man to run on a major party ticket.
Standford University political scientist Paul Snmiderman told AP that in a close contest, racism "might be enough to tip the election."
Still, the study has found that the Illinois senator seems to be making inroads with white Americans with disparaging things to say about African-Americans. For exmaple, among white Democrats who deems blacks as lazy or violent, 2/3 they will vote for Obama.
The poll demonstrates that when it comes to race, there has been some progress in America. Although most of the whites polled had positive things to say about blacks, a substantial portion of white Americans have very little contact with African Americans, and many still harbor negative feelings toward them.
Interestingly, whites have a much rosier view of race relations than do blacks. A whoping 57% of blacks polled said "alot" of discrimination against blacks exists, compared to 10% of whites.
The perception that young voters in their 20s and 30 might vote for Obama because they're less racially biased than their parents might be wrong. The survey found little difference in the way the younger and older whites view black people.
Not surprisingly, the pollsters found that racial prejudice tends to be highest among non-college educated whites living in the South.
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