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Folks this Just in from Rasmussen THIS is why HRC stayed in the race:


58% Say Obama Denounced Wright for Political Convenience, not Outrage

How likely is it that Barack Obama shares some of Pastor Wright’s controversial views about the United States?
Very Likely 26%
Somewhat Likely 30%
Not Very Likely 24%
Not at All Likely 11%

Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 30% of the nation’s Likely Voters believe Barack Obama denounced his former Pastor, Jeremiah Wright, because he was outraged. Most—58%–say he denounced the Pastor for political convenience. The survey was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday night. Obama made his statements about Wright on Tuesday. Wright held a mini-media tour last weekend capped by a press conference at the National Press Club on Monday. Only 33% of voters believe that Obama was surprised by the views Wright expressed at Monday’s press conference. Fifty-two percent (52%) say he was not surprised. Fifty-six percent (56%) say it’s at least somewhat likely that Obama “shares some of Pastor Wright’s controversial views about the United States.” That figure includes 26% who say it’s Very Likely Obama holds such views. At the other end of the spectrum 24% say it’s Not Very Likely that Obama shares such views. Just 11% say it’s Not at All Likely. Just 7% of the nation’s voters agree with Wright’s views of the United States. African-American voters, by a 64% to 12% margin, disagree with Wright. Eighty-one percent (81%) of all voters are following the story somewhat or very closely. Nine percent (9%) of voters have a favorable opinion of Wright. Eight-one percent (81%) have an unfavorable view. That includes 62% with a Very Unfavorable opinion. As you would expect, there are strong partisan differences on these questions. Generally, Democrats are divided while Republicans take a less charitable view of Obama. Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans believe it’s somewhat or very likely that Obama shares some of Wright’s views. That assessment is shared by 48% of Democrats and 49% of those not affiliated with either major party. Democrats are evenly divided as to whether or not Obama was surprised by Wright’s comments on Monday. Republicans overwhelmingly reject that notion. Among those not affiliated with either major party, 36% say Obama was surprised while 45% disagree. Just 36% of Democrats believe outrage was the motivation for Obama to denounce his former Pastor. That view is shared by 38% of unaffiliated voters and 16% of Republican

1* How closely have you followed recent news stories about comments made by Barack Obama’s former Pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright? 47% Very closely 34% Somewhat closely 12% Not very closely 7% Not at all 0% Not sure 2* Pastor Wright recently held a press conference and shared many of his controversial views. Barack Obama then publically denounced Wright and said his relationship with the Pastor has changed. Do you believe that Obama was surprised by the views of his former Pastor? 33% Yes 52% No 15% Not sure 3* Generally speaking, do you agree or disagree with Pastor Wright’s view of the United States and its government? 7% Agree 75% Disagree 19% Not sure 4* How likely is it that Barack Obama shares some of Pastor Wright’s controversial views about the United States? 26% Very likely 30% Somewhat likely 24% Not very likely 11% Not at all 8% Not sure 5* Did Barack Obama denounce Pastor Wright’s comments because he was outraged or because it was politically convenient? 30% Outraged 58% Politically convenient 13% Not sure

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