Socialism, Not Racism, Fuels Obama Foes

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2009 11:39 AM CDT
Dolores Berk, right, of Philadelphia and others protest outside a fundraiser for Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa. attended by President Barack Obama in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – It turns out race isn't what's fueling the conservative opposition to Barack Obama, at least according to focus groups conducted by a Democratic organization. It found that white, self-identified conservatives believe Obama is harboring a "secret agenda" intended to destroy America's founding principles and turn it into a socialist country.

The group also found that conservatives were deeply skeptical of Obama’s political ascension, reports Politico, routinely asking questions like: “Who got him here? He couldn’t possibly have done it on his own. There has to be money, there has to be power behind him.”