Obama's Support Slides Among Whites

Prez's poll numbers drop among key demographics
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Sep 7, 2009 9:10 AM CDT
President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – President Obama’s support is eroding among those he fought hard to win over: whites, including independents and members of his own party, the Los Angeles Times reports. Since the close of his first 100 days in April, the president has seen his support among white Democrats plummet 11 points, white independents and those over 50 by 9 points, and white women by 12 points, Pew finds.

Analysts cite a number of reasons for the drop, including dissatisfaction with his domestic policy plans and the bitter debate over health care reform, in which conservatives accused  the White House of pushing socialism. Other right-wing campaigns, against green jobs adviser Van Jones, a Bay Area activist with ties to radical organizations, and against Obama's address to the nation's school children, have also taken a toll, along with  conspiracy theorists still questioning Obama’s birthplace and religion.