Did Race Cost Obama NH?

Poll expert thinks poor whites voted against him because he's black
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2008 8:59 AM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. smiles during his speech at his primary night rally Tuesday Jan. 8, 2008, in Nashua, N.H. Obama pronounced himself "still fired up and ready...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Polls predicting a Barack Obama win in New Hampshire were way off, and the head of the Pew Research Center thinks race and class were part of the reason. In his years as a pollster, he has found that poorer, less-educated white people are less likely to agree to answer poll questions—and more likely to vote against black candidates.

So why were the Iowa polls spot-on? "My guess is that Mr. Obama may have posed less of a threat to white voters in Iowa because he wasn’t yet the front-runner," Andrew Kohut writes in the New York Times. Kohut says polls are better today than decades ago at predicting support for black candidates, but "the difficulties in interviewing the poor and the less well-educated persist."