TITLE

Racial Polarization in the 2008 U. S. Presidential Election

AUTHOR(S)
TAYLOR, STEVEN
PUB. DATE
March 2011
SOURCE
Western Journal of Black Studies;Spring2011, Vol. 35 Issue 2, p118
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In 2008 voters in the United States elected Barack Obama, a Democrat, as the nation's first African American President. Though Obama won by a decisive margin, there was very noticeable racial polarization in Americans' voting behavior. A sizable majority of Whites voted against Obama, while a near-unanimous majority of Blacks voted for him. Nevertheless, Obama fared better than any Democratic presidential candidate since 1964. This study shows that partisan affiliation, not race, is the driving force behind Americans 'presidential choices. However, the parties' stands on racial issues have led many voters to identify with the Democratic or the Republican Party.
ACCESSION #
62092074

 

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