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Rasmussen Reports found a majority of voters (53%), see Obama’s comments that he does not look like all the other presidents on dollar bills as racist.
Sixty-nine percent (69%) of voters have seen news coverage of Senator McCain’s “Celeb” ad, which compares the Obama to Britney Spears and Paris Hilton and suggests the Democrats’ presumptuous nominee is little more than a widely recognized media concoction.
There is of course both a racial and partisan divide about the ad:
Most African-American voters—58%–saw the McCain ad as racist. Just 18% of white voters and 14% of all other voters shared that view.
As for Obama’s comment, 53% of white voters saw it as racist, as did 44% of African-Americans and 61% of all other voters.
There were also significant partisan divides. Democrats were evenly divided as to whether the McCain commercial was racist, and they were also evenly divided on the Obama comment. Republicans, by an 87% to 4% margin, rejected the notion that the McCain campaign ad was racist. But, by a 67% to 26% margin, GOP voters believe that Obama’s comment was racist.
Unaffiliated voters, by a five-to-one margin, said the McCain ad was not racist. By a much narrower 50% to 38% margin, unaffiliateds viewed Obama’s comment as racist.
Remember, Obama started this meme himself. Also remember that after initially denying the remark was a reference to Obama’s race, Obama’s campaign admitted that the Obama was referring to his ethnic background.