Team Clinton must be in a tizzy. They threw the most disgusting attacks at Obama culminating in the Pastor Wright stuff, but they just can’t seem to drag him far enough down to matter:

The videos of Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s controversial sermons and Barack Obama’s subsequent speech on race and politics have attracted more public attention than any events thus far in the 2008 presidential campaign. A majority of the public (51%) said they heard “a lot” about the videos, and an even larger percentage (54%) said they heard a lot about Obama’s speech, according to the weekly News Interest Index.

Most voters aware of the sermons say they were personally offended by Wright’s comments, and a sizable minority (35%) says that their opinion of Obama has grown less favorable because of Wright’s statements.

However, the Wright controversy does not appear to have undermined support for Obama’s candidacy. The latest nationwide survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted March 19-22 among 1,503 adults, finds that Obama maintains a 49% to 39% advantage over Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, which is virtually unchanged from than the 49% to 40% lead he held among Democrats in late February.

It appears that 84% of his supporters thought he dealt with the situation well. Not surprising roughly half of that – 43% – among Hillary supporters did. Hell, even a third of Republicans thought so.

Though designed to be the “dead girl of live boy” of his campaign, it appears to have not worked because too many people are unwilling to sink a candidacy based on guilt by association. People were smart enough to listen to what Obama himself believes and were averse to be taken in by those who seek to destroy him for their own benefit.

There’s alot more in that poll that people are talking about. Chief among them this little nugget:

In addition, nearly a quarter of white Democrats (23%) who hold a negative view of Obama believe he is a Muslim.

THAT is the real damage done by “…as far as I know” type comments.

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  • Jacqueline

    The media wants to distract voters from the issues that really matter. The last time that occurred we got George W. Bush and a trillion dollar war. If you want to stand up for the issues that matter and Obama sign this petition ( and tell the media and the world, “We won’t be distracted. Not this time!”

  • It’s definitely hurt him. No matter what the polls say, we can’t deny that it has had an impact. I spent last weekend in the Philadelphia suburbs doing voter registration, and the looks and comments of disgust I got from some (I was decked out in Obama gear) made it clear that it has had an impact. I talked to several people who said they were life long Democrats but might vote for McCain if Obama is the nominee, and this is in an area that should be strong for Obama (rich white liberals).

    But these polls are encouraging, because they show that even if the Wright crap has hurt Obama, it hasn’t killed him. He is still favored for the nomination and has a decent shot at winning the presidency. But we’d be naive to think that it hasn’t hurt him at all.

  • @2: I won’t deny it’s an issue, nor will I deny that within some demographics it has and will have an impact. I guess what I’m arguing is that in the end it really changes nothing. Hillary will leverage race to win Pennsylvania (lower educated and old white people) pretty big. That still won’t matter. She’ll still turn around and lose enough that it won’t make a big difference in the delegate count. Assuming we still select a nominee based on delegate counts. lol.

    The most surprising thing to me is that there are 23% of Democrats who think he’s Muslim. Maybe they think Obama’s pastor is a cleric? Boggles the mind. Education is indeed a good thing. It still shows that there is a big swatch of American people who can be lied to and it will stick. We have work to do.

    This stuff may, in fact, help Obama by giving him a great opportunity (that he has started) to talk about race. It also allows him to talk about being Christian. It’s funny now that the standard is “yeah, but what KIND of Christian”. Some Christians take offense to this. Hell, even Mike Huckabee defended Obama AND Wright!

    The polls show, your anecdotal evidence aside, that this has not had the crushing effect that was intended and his handling of it has been superb.

    Despite what Hillary supporters and wingnuts like the blogger who will now be known as Tom “Motherfucker” Blumer might say. 😉

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