CNN Poll: 54% of Americans Think Barack Obama Acted Stupidly in Gates/Crowley Cambridge, MA Arrest


Drip, drip, drip … Obama’s support is eroding on all fronts.

“One-third of whites say that Obama’s comments about this matter made them feel less favorable toward him.”

Obama’s Teachable moment, he lost the white vote.

The Beer Summit did not help Obama’s poll numbers.

The poll numbers just do not get any better no matter what the issue is these days with regards to Barack Obama’s actions as President. In a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, 54% of those polled do not feel that Cambridge, Massachusetts police office James Crowley acted stupidly when he arrested Gates at the professor’s home. According to the poll analysis, a new national poll indicates that white and black Americans don’t see eye to eye. Really? A matter only made worse by President Barack Obama’s comments of Cambridge police acting “stupidly” without having and caring to have any facts.

Fifty-four percent of those questioned say they think the president acted stupidly when the commented on the Gates arrest, with 32 percent disagreeing. But again, the poll indicates a racial divide, with more than six out of 10 whites feeling Obama acted stupidly but just one in four black respondents agreeing.

For the larger question that Barack Obama cares about and that being how did his “race card” foot in mouth hurt him politically? The answer is as follows:

Did Obama’s initial comments damage his political standing?

“One-third of whites say that Obama’s comments about this matter made them feel less favorable toward him, compared to only four percent of whites who feel more favorably toward Obama due to his comments,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “But the majority of whites say that Obama’s comments did not affect their views of him, and most whites approve of how Obama is handling race relations.”

The Most Important Number(s) in Politics Today

63, 25: The first number is the percentage of whites who believe that President Barack Obama “acted stupidly” in his comments about the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. while the second is the number of African Americans who believe the same thing, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research poll.

The sharp divide evidenced in these numbers shows why President Obama and his political team wanted to move away from the issue as quickly as possible. From a political perspective, Gates-gate amounts to a no-win situation since there is no obvious consensus from voters about what the event meant and why.

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  • Comments

    17 Responses to “CNN Poll: 54% of Americans Think Barack Obama Acted Stupidly in Gates/Crowley Cambridge, MA Arrest”

    1. Karen on August 5th, 2009 11:20 am

      Bulls@#t!!!! Obama is doing everything he can to bring this country together. He is human, humans make mistatements….. Crowley screwed up, Gates overreacted, Obama made a perfectly natural comment on the situation and then made every effort to facilitate amends that weren’t even necessary…

    2. Rusty Bridges on August 5th, 2009 12:18 pm

      These 54% of people were directed by a radical right wing web site.

      Americans cannot come to their own conclusion based on what they believe unless it is favorable to the Democrats.

      sarc/off….for now.

    3. Maggie on August 5th, 2009 12:23 pm

      read this on drudge

      POLL: 71% Say Obama’s Policies Have Driven Up Deficit… Developing

      Cash for Clunkers..what they aren’t telling everyone is that most of the money is going to foreign cars from Japan..not even American cars..

      The following information is based on the requirements set forth in the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 (commonly known as the “Cash for Clunkers Act”) that was enacted on June 24, 2009, as well as the published regulations issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) on July 24, 2009.

      To qualify for the “Cash for Clunkers” rebate, you must have an eligible used vehicle that you are willing to trade in for a new, more fuel-efficient vehicle. For a list of eligible used vehicles, please click here.

      Once you’ve established that your used vehicle is likely to be eligible, we suggest you review the list below for eligible new vehicles — because not all new vehicles qualify for the program. New vehicles eligible for rebate must meet minimum fuel efficiency requirements (combined city/highway MPG) established by the EPA, and have a base Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (excluding options/accessories/taxes/destination fees) of $45,000 or less.

      Idea is to get rid of gas guzzlers..

      On the list of cars to trade your vehicle in for..

      2009 HUMMER H3T 3.7L 5cyl 5M 4WD Category 2 Truck

      Also read this.

      Last year, lawmakers excoriated the CEOs of the Big Three automakers for traveling to Washington, D.C., by private jet to attend a hearing about a possible bailout of their companies.

      But apparently Congress is not philosophically averse to private air travel: At the end of July, the House approved nearly $200 million for the Air Force to buy three elite Gulfstream jets for ferrying top government officials and Members of Congress.

      It is just mind boggling, the money our govt. is spending.

      As for the Gates, Crowley thing.. he was out to call the cops stupid without even knowing details, but could sit in a church that preached against white people and other religions for 20 years and it was ok.

    4. SUPER DAVE on August 5th, 2009 12:48 pm

      vegas bets that if obama opens his mouth, he’s lying !

    5. SUPER DAVE on August 5th, 2009 12:53 pm

      wow ! broham obama has already spent $52 million on ads for his death care reform. now just think of what the citizens could do with $ 52 million !

    6. Michelle Smith on August 5th, 2009 2:40 pm

      LOL @#1 Delusional much….

    7. buster on August 5th, 2009 2:45 pm

      Obamanos !!!!

    8. BUN on August 5th, 2009 4:16 pm

      #1 Karen..girlfriend, put down whatever it is you are drinking and get medical attention for yourself, if you are under 70 and have no pre existing or expensive health issues that is.

    9. SUPER DAVE on August 5th, 2009 4:54 pm

      karen, karen, stop blowing obama’s meat whistle and look around. no jobs, no money, only an empty promise from your token boy. he bought you so easily that he’s laughing now.

    10. Steve Holloway on August 6th, 2009 9:38 am

      #1 Karen

      The cop did nothing wrong….maybe the only thing Crowley did wrong, was warn the loud mouth Gates too many times too stop his disorderly conduct.
      He should have not put up with his lip once out side.

      Karen one tip….if you are stopped for speeding….no not bad mouth the officer, you will get a ticket every time.

    11. Kommander-in-Thief on August 6th, 2009 11:58 am

      OlbysMessiah screwed up BIG TIME with his GatesGate commentary. It showed the world how racist he really is, and I only wish this incident had happened BEFORE the election. We’d have a Republican in the White House, PERHAPS.

      But then again, to keep the masses fooled UP TO eLECTION DAY, he probably would have tap danced around the subject, or thrown “skippy” under the bus.

    12. nurturer on August 6th, 2009 2:52 pm

      Hey, I want whatever Karen’s been smokin’. I want to be ignorant and blissful.

    13. USS Yorktown on August 7th, 2009 12:29 am

      Why did Obama even made a statement about a local thing? Obama is not a messiah.

    14. BUN on August 8th, 2009 11:09 am

      #13 evidently Obama keeps people around him to remind him constantly that he is the Messiah in charge…when we underclass finally get our feet under us, this guy will be packing and out of our White House…maybe he can take one of the newly purchased planes back to where he came from.

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