The latest Rasmussen Reports findings on the Rev. Jeremiah Wright media circus are not very good for the Barack Obama campaign. The majority of the country believes Obama's denunciation was political expedience.
[The] 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."
Particularly damaging are the sub-panels:
"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.' ... Seventy-four percent (74%) of Republicans believe it’s somewhat or very likely that Obama shares some of Wright’s views."
The national tracking polls, as well as the numbers in Indiana and North Carolina, show a significant erosion of support for Obama. (More later) Meanwhile, the fallout from the Wright media circus dominates headlines in North Carolina. Via The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder, yesterday's front page from the Charlotte News & Observer."
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Some Background ...
Obama "Outraged" by Wrights' "Ridiculous" "Rants" [R20]
NC Gov Endorses Clinton, NC/IN Polls Tightening [R20]
Wright at the National Press Club and Detroit NAACP [R20]
Wright on PBS: Obama "Says What He Has to Say as a Politician" [R20]
NC GOP Targets Dems with Obama/Wright Attack Ad [R20]
Teddy Endorsed Obama to Preserve JFK's Civil Rights "Legacy"? What Legacy? [HuffPo]
Obama's "A More Perfect Union" Speech [R20]
Obama and the Turban Non-Story [R20]
PA Debate: Meltdown and Morning After [R20]
"Bitter" Billionaire Fundraiser" [R20]
Obama Camp Provides Photo of Wright and Clinton [R20]
Obama to Make "Major" Speech on Race [R20]
Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Black LGBTs [R20]
McCain Aide Suspended, Circulating Wright Video [R20]