Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama has consistently been a strong second place in the race for the Democratic nomination, but a new poll released by Harris Interactive shows that only 34 percent of Americans would vote for Obama if he were the Democratic nominee, and that the votes are split along age and racial lines.
As many as two in five voters would not vote for him, while one in four Americans are not sure if they would vote for him. The poll results show a racial divide with 76 percent of African Americans supporting Obama in the race, but only 26 percent of Whites would cast a vote for Obama.
Of voters that identify themselves as Democrats, 60 percent would support a Obama presidential ticket, but 20 percent are unsure if they would vote for him, and 19 percent of Democrats would not cast their vote in support of the senator. Age also plays into the results, with 53 percent of voters aged 62 and over willing to vote for Obama. The largest number of voters willing to support Obama comes from the Baby Boomer generation, those who are 43-61, with 38 percent saying they would vote for Obama. Obama draws lukewarm support from political independents. Just 34 percent would vote for him.
Poll numbers reveal that the many of Americans are largely uneducated about Obama’s track record in the Senate. Forty-four percent of Americans are unsure about his voting record, but 63 percent of African Americans approve of Obama’s record in the Senate. Forty-four percent of Americans feel that the senator lacks the experience required to be president, while 39 percent believe there is no substance to his candidacy. Only 24 percent believe he is too young to hold the office.
The Illinois senator does benefit from high personal numbers. A majority of adults (two-thirds) believe that Obama is very intelligent and 47 percent believe that he inspires personal confidence. Fifty-two percent of voters say they like Obama as a person, and 84 percent of African Americans like Obama personally.
The poll was conducted online in the U.S between May 8 and 14, 2007. Over 2,300 adults over age 18 were polled for the survey, and age, sex, ethnicity and other indicators were weighted to accurately reflect the U.S. population proportion. Harris Poll does not release a margin of error.
Source: Harris Interactive Poll Press Release: Just One-Third of U.S. Adults Would Vote for Barack Obama if He was the Democratic Nominee for President