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Obama Gaining Among Men, Less Educated – Gallup

October 16, 2008
by Jeffrey M. Jones

PRINCETON, NJ — In the week after the Republican National Convention, John McCain led Barack Obama 47% to 45% among registered voters nationwide. Then the financial crisis emerged as a major issue, and Obama quickly took the lead. In the most recent full week of Gallup Poll Daily tracking data (Oct. 6-12), that lead has expanded to 10 percentage points.


These weekly averages are based on interviews with roughly 6,400 registered voters conducted each Monday through Sunday, compiled from Gallup Poll Daily tracking. These large samples allow for a stable and in-depth look at how voter subgroup preferences have changed.

With only a few exceptions, most voter subgroups have shifted in Obama’s direction since mid-September, about the time that the economic crisis came to dominate the news headlines. The following outlines some of the more notable shifts among voter subgroups.


Women, who had been strong supporters of Obama for much of the campaign, quickly returned to the Democratic fold after they had moved more toward McCain after the Republican convention in early September. Women have supported Obama by an average of 53% to 39% over the last four weeks.

As recently as the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 5, men continued to show a preference for McCain, but in the last week, Obama has gained the lead among men, 49% to 44%. Even with that recent movement among men, the data continue to reflect a gender gap, with women significantly more likely than men to support the Democratic nominee.

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Taking the Call on Black Men

March 4, 2008

 By Richard CohenThe
Washington Post
Tuesday, March 4, 2008; Page A19
What if the White House phone rang in the middle of the night and the president was told that one in every nine black men ages 20 to 34 was behind bars? What if the red phone rang at 3 a.m. and the president was told that among black men 18 or older, the figure was one in 15? If the president was like any of his (or her) predecessors, he’d pull the blankets over his face and go right back to sleep.

The hypothetical 3 a.m. phone call, used by Hillary Clinton in a campaign commercial last week, strongly suggests a foreign policy crisis in “a dangerous world.” Lord knows there could be such a thing. But also last week, the Pew Center on the States issued a report on incarceration rates — high for the nation as a whole but astoundingly high for young black men — that was its own sort of wake-up call. Yet, predictably, as a news story it had the briefest of shelf lives. On to Prince Harry and his merry adventures in Afghanistan.

But those incarceration figures represent an enormous challenge to the next president. It is a challenge Barack Obama, for obvious reasons, is uniquely qualified to meet. This is not just because he can be a role model for young black men, who as a group are in a perilous state. It is because he sees himself playing exactly that role.Read the rest: