According to a poll sponsored by Fox News, more than half of Americans believe Barack Obama doesn’t share the same views of his Pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Fifty-seven percent of Americans do not believe Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama shares the controversial views of his former spiritual mentor the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, while about one in four (24 percent) believes he does share the Wright’s views. And a sizable minority has doubts about Obama because of his pastor’s comments, according to a new FOX News poll.
Other tidbits gleaned from the poll: Republicans, more than independents or Democrats think Obama in fact does share the same beliefs as Wright (Duh). More importantly for Obama, more voters now claim they’ll take a second look at him in the wake of the Wright dust up. To stem the tide, Obama has to remedy the doubts these voters have about him.
If Obama gets off the specific topic of Wright and moves on to a wider discussion of race, he should be alright. If he finds himself stuck on Wright, it’ll dog him through the general election.
And in my view, that’d be just fine.
2008 Election, Barack Obama, Jeremiah Wright, Polls, Racism