Sunday, September 1, 2013

Maine Event: Walking back comments

Governor Paul LePage allegedly made some racial comments about President Barack Obama.  He reportedly said that Barack Obama could have been the greatest president ever if he embraced his biracial heritage but would not do so, because he hates white people.  Despite his remarks that he never said that, the reports are out there.  When Public Policy Polling asked if they thought Governor LePage said Barack Obama hates white people.

Think he did
Think he did not
Don't Know/Not Sure
47
30
23

Of course, that is likely brought up by the Democrats because it makes it more interesting if they can show the leader of the opposition party says ridiculous things about Barack Obama.



Think he did
Think he did not
Don't Know/Not Sure
Democrats
67
20
46
Republicans
15
57
23
Independents/Other
17
23
31
But there's generally a comment that is made that non-white people see racism even when it is not there.  Would saying that Barack Obama does not like white people be more offensive to white people or non-white?



Think he did
Think he did not
Don't know/not sure
Whites
48
29
23
Other
36
44
20
Public Policy Polling was also curious to see who might actually think that Barack Obama hates white people.  Well, overall in Maine, this is how it looks.

Think he does
Think he does not
Don't know/Not sure
20
66
13

I bet this is also party-based.  But let's take a look.  



Think he does
Think he does not
Don't know/Not Sure
Democrat
7
89
4
Republican
37
38
25
Independent
21
66
14

So. Republicans in Maine are split whether or not Barack Obama hates white people.  That's scary.  But oh well. Apparently, if I make comments about this I'm being unfair to Republicans.  So I'll just let it sit there.

But let's look to see if it is because white people think Barack Obama doesn't like white people.



Think he does
Think he does not
Don't know/Not sure
White
20
67
13
Other
28
61
11
Well, that's strange.  It appears that non-whites think that Barack Obama hates white people.  I'd really like to see some follow up questions to that to see why they may think that Obama hates white people.  It's very bizarre to me that we see this split.

At any rate, Governor LePage denied making such comments.  He told the reporters that it was ridiculous that he would say something like that. 

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