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Surveying Racism

An ironic twist in the scandal rocking Virginia governor Ralph Northam coming from a new poll. Overall, Virginians are deadlocked, with 47% saying that he should step down as governor, and 47% saying he should not (6% with no opinion).

However, while 48% of whites say that Northam should resign, among blacks, only 37% want him to resign. Does this mean that whites are more upset than blacks about Northam having a photo showing someone in blackface in his medical school yearbook page.

Maybe, but probably not. The same survey shows that 56% of Republicans think he should resign. It is difficult to believe that Republicans are saying this because they are upset about any alleged racism. Among Democrats, 40% think he should resign.



  1. westomoon wrote:

    Hey, it’s Virginia. If you insist that every candidate have an unblemished history of racial sensitivity, no white Virginian could ever run for office.

    Obviously, Virginia African-Americans simply have a clearer understanding of where they live and who lives there with them.

    Me, I agree with them. I’d rather have someone who was a jerk as a youngster, and will spend the rest of his life frantically trying to make up for that.

    Monday, February 11, 2019 at 12:16 pm | Permalink
  2. Infidel753 wrote:

    The explanation seems obvious. Fairfax is doomed (with the second accuser) and Herring may be. If Northam resigns, there’s a risk of a Republican Governor — something far more dangerous to black Virginians than a Democrat who will have to spend the rest of his term making amends for earlier racism.

    Monday, February 11, 2019 at 2:46 pm | Permalink
  3. Wildwood wrote:

    If we can have a president with absolutely no moral boundaries, then this is nothing but a pimple on the butt of democracy.

    I wonder if those Republicans surveyed think that Trump should step down? I’m guessing no, so their opinion should not count.

    Monday, February 11, 2019 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

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