Millions of whites who voted against President Obama in November have changed their minds and now support him, according to a new national poll from Quinnipiac University.
The poll results are more bad news for Republicans still reeling from the switch in party affiliation of Sen. Arlen Specter. The move by whites toward Obama is so strong that they now approve of his job performance by a 53 to 35 percent margin.
Obama received just 43 percent of the white vote on Election Day.
“Obama’s numbers among whites are high for a Democrat,” says Peter A. Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “No Democrat has carried a majority of white votes since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Obama’s 53 percent approval rating among whites means there are millions who did not support him on Election Day … who like what he is doing in office today.”
A breakdown based on religious denominations is also revealing. Some 57 percent of white Catholics say they approve of Obama’s job performance. That compares to just 44 percent of Protestants who say they think he’s doing a good job.
Obama’s biggest weakness appears to be among Americans who describe their religious beliefs as evangelical. Only 36 percent of evangelicals give Obama a positive job-approval rating.
According to Quinnipiac, voters would rather see Obama try to fix the economy than congressional Republicans, by a 54 to 27 percent margin.
The survey has some positive news for Republicans, however. Sixty-three percent of the more than 2,000 voters surveyed remain either somewhat dissatisfied or very dissatisfied with “the way things are going in the nation today” -- suggesting that 100 days into Obama’s term the electorate remains very restless.
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