2012 Voters: The Deepest Racial Split Since ‘88

Scott Clement and Jon Cohen, Washington Post, October 25, 2012

The 2012 election is shaping up to be more polarized along racial lines than any presidential contest since 1988, with President Obama lagging behind Republican Mitt Romney among white voters by 21 percentage points, a steep drop in support from four years ago.

As he did in 2008, Obama gets overwhelming support from non-whites, who made up a record high proportion of the overall electorate four years ago. In that contest, 80 percent of all non-whites supported Obama, including 95 percent of black voters, according to the exit poll. In the Washington Post-ABC News national tracking poll released Wednesday, Obama wins 79 percent of non-whites, and support for his reelection is nearly universal among African Americans.

But among whites, Obama is currently doing much worse than he did in 2008. At this stage four years ago, Obama trailed Republican John McCain by eight percentage points among white voters. Even in victory, Obama ended up losing white voters by 12 percentage points.

Obama’s current 21-percent-deficit—he trails Romney 59 to 38 percent—would be far harder to overcome, as this year may break a string of increasingly non-white electorates. {snip}


The clearest loss for the president is among white men. In 2008, Obama lost white men by 16 points, according to the exit poll. This year, Obama trails Romney double that margin—33 points—larger than any deficit for a Democratic candidate since Ronald Reagan’s 1984 landslide win over Walter Mondale.


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  • Wow more and more White people are figuring out that being ruled over by a NON WHITE is a very, very bad thing indeed.

    • puffdaddy

      Unfortunately being ruled by Romney is only going to be marginally better, if at all.  Since he likes amnesty and the dream act he will do what he can to contribute to the white minority “sooner and smaller” as well.  Not sure why – brown and yellow people, even when they are capitalists, vote GOP.  See the latest PEW Survey on Asians, “the modal minority” – who say they prefer big activist government over small government.

  • WmarkW

    What’s distressing is that this issue will be discussed in terms of race.

    What about the fact that Obama was the most ridiculously unqualified  major party nominee ever?   He never  brought anything to the office except having a mystique, and that’s not a tool for accomplishing anything. 

    He was the affirmative action president, and if he gets booted on performance, that’s the only narrative that should matter.

  • They’ve succeeded in redefining infanticide as a womans’ health issue and a ‘reproductive’ ‘right’. Funny how the word ‘reproductive’ actually means non-reproductive.

    You have to hand it to them. They’ve mangled and convoluted the language to such an extent that the death of an embryo now implies good health for a women.

  • IKantunderstand

    Land, at least at this point in time, seems to belong to the majority population. Or, I should say, the preponderance of immigrants.  So, I’m just saying, perhaps we White Americans could decide on a land mass we wish to move to, and just take it over! Off the top of my head, I would suggest: Central America! I’m pretty sure we could kick their asses, and, it’s really quite lovely. Then, we would kick out all the inhabitants who would flee to Mexico, or Northern Mexico (aka the United States). Really, problem solved. I refuse to address the fact that of course, the U.S.A. will become a hell hole, and all these people who fled Guatemala, El Salvador, etc. will be clamoring to move back. And, don’t worry about the Whites left behind. They will embrace being a minority. The rest, of course, should be able to defend the borders of Vermont, N.H. and Maine. Rest assured, the Kennedy clan will be safe on a well fortified Martha’s Vineyard.

    • It implies that racial attitudes haven’t improved since 2008.

      According to my reading, they have improved.

      This means we’re winning.  Now the next trick will be translating this into public policy.  Easier said…

  • ageofknowledge

    Gullible whites who prostated themselves before their “Selma Alabama black messiah” expected sweeing “hope and change” but all they got was a foreign anti-American 1/2 black that foisted Bush’s policies on them. Lol…

    It looks like a few have gotten off their bellies and brushed themselves off. Let’s hope it’s a sign of things to come.

  • JackKrak

    Starting November 7th, the narrative will be about how whites voted along racial lines & that’s why He lost.

    No mention of 104% black support for Him.

  • SintiriNikos

    88 eh? Interesting. I guess a lot of blacks voted for the Willie Horton candidate.

  • Golden Rule Macongo Jed

    “I desire to lay especial stress upon here as in all other places that where the opportunity presents itself, and that is, the taking of Africans out of Africa and settling them in this country by no means makes Americans of them.”


  • ImTellinYa

    What leftist traitors call “racism” is merely the capacity to be
    in touch with and act in accordance with reality. I’m proud to be a
    racist. Any White who isn’t a racist is in a state of cowardly denial.
    Whites are under assault by nonWhites and have been since the 60s
    because we have been forbidden to defend ourselves by a traitorous
    ruling elite. We’ve lost our cities, our countries and our institutions.
    NonWhites have come very close to completely destroying the very
    civilization Whites created.
    NonWhites are the enemy, but we, as Whites still have the power to
    defeat them, if we will use it. There’s not much time however.


  • JohnEngelman

    In a recent column Ramesh Ponnuru, who is a is a Bloomberg View columnist and a senior editor at National Review, has written, “For the most part, though, closing the fiscal gap is a question of how much to raise middle-class taxes, how much to reduce the growth of middle-class benefits.”
    If Mitt Romney is elected president, and if the Republicans achieve majorities in both houses of Congress this is probably what they will try to do. Such a move will show white blue collar Republican voters that the GOP does not have their economic interests at heart.