Dems Losing Voters To GOP – Race A Likely Factor

According to the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press (jeez, what a mouthful!), the GOP is gaining ground among voters, especially poor and young white voters:

As the country enters into the 2012 presidential election cycle, the electorate’s partisan affiliations have shifted significantly since Obama won office nearly three years ago. In particular, the Democrats hold a much narrower edge than they did in 2008, particularly when the partisan leanings of independents are taken into account.

Notably, the GOP gains have occurred only among white voters; a two-point Republican edge among whites in 2008 (46% to 44%) has widened to a 13-point lead today (52% to 39%). In sharp contrast, the partisan attachments of black and Hispanic voters have remained consistently Democratic.

The article contains a chart comparing voter preferences (including those of independents that lean Dem or GOP). Despite the article’s point that GOP gains are “only among white voters,” one can see in the accompanying chart that the GOP has gained ground in every age group and income bracket of white voters. If this poll is valid, the 2012 election could be a very depressing event for Democrats.

Clearly, racial politics is alive and well in the 21st century. Nixon’s “Southern strategy” is still in effect. Many people understand that Obama is a fool no matter what his race, but those people who are inclined to racism anyway are liable to blame their economic circumstances on competition with workers of other races; those voters may use Obama’s race as an excuse to switch parties. For all my generation’s struggles during the Sixties to achieve racial equality in America, racism is both deep-seated in many white people and actively encouraged by the GOP. I do not know that it will ever be defeated once and for all. And the oncoming second dip of the depression doesn’t help matters.

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