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.