Post-Racial Candidate Polarizing New Jersey?
Anybody remember all that nonsense about how
Obama was a post-racial candidate? Congratulations if you didn't buy it:
In this latest survey, white voters back Sen. McCain 56 - 37 percent, up from 50 - 42 percent August 13. Black voters support the Democrat 93 - 7 percent, compared to 94 - 1 percent. Men back McCain 53 - 40 percent, reversing a 48 - 45 percent Obama lead, while women stay with Obama 54 - 38 percent, compared to 53 - 38 percent.
Of course, that's not how Quinnipiac University portrays the story; it's played as McCain surges among whites. And this little quote gives me just a little concern for Q-pac's objectivity:
"The McCain-Palin ticket has narrowed the gap dramatically, but it will take more than this post convention bounce for the Republicans to win in true blue New Jersey. The upcoming debates probably will provide a clue to whether Sen. McCain can build on his current momentum, or whether the tide will turn back to the Democrats," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
True blue New Jersey went for John Kerry in 2004 by 6.5 percentage points. New York went for Kerry by 18 points, Connecticut by 10, Rhode Island by 21, Massachusetts by 25, Delaware by 8 and Maryland by 13. In fact, the only state near NJ that Kerry came closer to losing was Pennsylvania, at +2.5%.
Labels: New Jersey Polls, Qunnipiac Polling