Thursday, February 24, 2011
At the back of our minds, I suspect many liberals believe some of the opposition to President Obama is based on race. That's why this Nate Silver post this morning is surprising. It seems when you compare his 2008 vote percentages by state with 2010 poll percentages by state Obama has gained in the deep South and has lost less in the Plains states. In other words, the nation is less divided in their opinions of him. Presumably he's surprised some (a few) in those states by outperforming their expectations, which were low, and disappointed his most fervent supporters by being more centrist and less the prophet of change.