Several outfits have polled the question raised by former President Carter: are those who oppose Obama’s policies motivated by racism? Fox News did a version of this, with the following question:
Thinking about Barack Obama’s policies, some people say [A:those who oppose Obama’s policies are mostly motivated by racism], while others say [B: opposition to Obama’s policies is based on honest disagreements] — which comes closer to your view?
The results showed that 65 percent think the disagreements are honest, and 20 percent* think they are borne out of racism (9 percent some of both, 5 percent not sure). That sounds good – a 40 percent spread.
But consider that in the same poll, 48 percent of those polled opposed Obama’s handling of health care, and 44 percent supported it. Since we can reasonably assume that the 48 percent who oppose Obamacare didn’t call themselves and their fellow travelers racists, that means of the 52 percent who either support Obamacare or aren’t sure, THIRTY-EIGHT PERCENT of them think that Americans are MOSTLY motivated by race when they oppose Obama’s policies.
Consider also that African-American respondents polled almost opposite to the country — 65 percent said race was the primary motivator for opponents, while 27 percent said opponents had honest disagreements. That’s a shocking total — and evidence that the election of a black President did not result in a sea change in the way black Americans view the political landscape overall. Sadly, we’re a long way from a post-racial America, folks.