Desperately trying to make this readable... since it is an interesting topic.
Guess Which Group Of Americans Hates Obama The Most
Jul. 23, 2012, 2:02 PM
Which of the following groups of Americans have the lowest support for President Barack Obama?
B) White men without college degrees
C) Tech CEOS
And the answer is...
B: White men without college degrees.
According to a recent Quinnipiac poll
, Obama's support among this group fell to 29%, which is the lowest of any Democrat in recent history.
The question is... why?
White men without college degrees--like any group of adults without college degrees--tend toward the lower end of the income scale. And relative to the policies of, say, Mitt Romney, Obama's policies tend to offer more of a helping hand to lower-income people. So you might think that most people without a college degree might be more favorably disposed toward Obama.
So, what's the answer?
According to Ronald Brownstein at The National Journal, the answer is this:
Many [working-class whites] are culturally-conservative; more are deeply skeptical of government (including [Obama's] health care plan); and most are struggling in the sustained economic downturn. Polls also consistently show many working-class whites are deeply uneasy about the propulsive racial and ethnic changes that Obama uniquely embodies.
Given the importance of working-class votes in the key swing states for the November election, you might think that this record-low support would doom Obama's chances. Surprisingly, however, Obama's doing better among this voter group in the swing states than he is nationally.
Here's Brownstein again:
Such a poor performance among working-class whites would enormously complicate Obama's hopes in older Rust Belt states where they predominate, including Ohio, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin (and to a slightly lesser extent Pennsylvania). But in several of those states, recent polls (like Quinnipiac's most recent Ohio and Pennsylvania surveys) show Obama running slightly better with non-college whites than he's run nationally, which has allowed him to maintain a lead.