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POLL: Pew Dem Primary Analysis


New analysis from a Pew Research Center national survey of 469 Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters (conducted 7/25 through 7/29) finds:

  • Among a sub-sample of 109 African-Americans, 52% of rate Sen. Hillary Clinton very favorably and 50% rate Sen. Barack Obama very favorably; 18% rate former Sen. John Edwards very favorably. Among whites, 29% rate Clinton very favorably, 23% for Obama, and 21% for Edwards.
  • "Despite Edwards' focus on poverty and the concerns of lower-income Americans in his campaign, he is viewed no more favorably by low-income Americans than by those with higher incomes. Not only does he trail the other candidates among African Americans, but just 17% of lower-income whites give Edwards a very favorable rating, compared with 35% for Clinton."

 

Comments
Andrew:

Very misleading poll. Pew did not giveI these African Americans the option to say they have not heard of Edwards, or are unsure. Given that Hillary Clinton gets much more media coverage than Edwards, this choice was necessary.

If African Americans were made aware of Edwards' plan to medically insure every American and other parts of his platform, Clinton and Obama would not look so special to them.

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jonah harshbarger:

It is possible that even Democrats question the integrity of an AMBULANCE CHASER.

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Andrew:

Jonah, there is no evidence Edwards is unethical.
Wanna talk about Jack Abramoff instead?

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Dennis:

Abramoff is not running for office.

Edwards is perhaps the biggest fraud to ever enter a campaign and poor people see it.

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Andrew:

Poor people see it? Explain. 82% of low-income people (under $30,000) according to this Pew poll see John Edwards in a favorable way, and poor people see he's a fraud?

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Mr DC:

They base the results on 'voters who can rate each candidate,' so it may exclude those who haven't heard of Edwards, but not those who say they may have. Assuming those who may have heard of a candidate are less likely to rate a candidate very favorably, I could see how Hillary would do better on the basis of name recognition alone. I think they would have done better to ask voters which candidates they've heard of and then assess only those candidates.

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Demophoenix:

Of course, Mr. DC. Well said. The poll is not really misleading, but one does need to understanding polling well enough to correctly interpret it. The unfortunate reality is that low-income people, by percentage, are the least likely to be paying close attention to politics, so that group is most likely to show differences in response to candidates based solely on familiarity. Clinton is easily the best-recognized candidate. That could all change if she does not win in Iowa. If you review the voluminous information available at the Pew site, you will likely find these realities reflected in their very comprehensive data.

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Jonah Harshbarger:

Whether Edwards has integrity or not, he is a perfect example of what is wrong in our country. He talks about affordable healthcare, but is personally responsible for driving UP the cost with junk lawsuits. He talks the usual sales pitch aimed at ignorant low income sectors of the population, etc... For once they are not buying it. Now perhaps they will see through Hillary and the rest of the double talking hypocrites. The Democrats have been pulling one populist scam after another on this same group of voters for 3 generations. It is time that they woke up and saw that these supposed efforts to stick it to "the man" inevitably backfire as "the man" takes his jobs to Asia and his corporate HQ to the Cayman Islands. A person with little or no interest in examining the workings of the government just supposes that they are ENTITLED to social security, wellfare, and the various "free" hand outs that seem to come their way. Little do they know (or care) that their jobs are being forced overseas because of over regulation and over taxation, and their will to do for themselves is being sapped by the handouts that they receive as a reward for failure, whereas if they were to work hard and succeed they would be penalized by higher taxes and a loss of benefits. Sadly the Republicans (except for Ron Paul) have long since abandoned all good sense and jumped on the populist bandwagon promising one handout after another to anyone who might vote. Too bad for them the ignorant masses still vote for Democrats believing the lies and blindly following any jerk with some touchy feely lingo in his repertoire. Jonah Harshbarger

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