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Despite efforts by his foes to depict him as an elitist because of his remarks about “bitter” small town, blue collar voters, Barack Obama does not fare much differently than Hillary Clinton or John McCain when voters are asked if any of the candidates look down on the average American, according to a Gallup survey conducted April 18-20. Voters say McCain respects and doesn’t look down on people by a 71 percent to 22 percent margin, Obama by a 69 percent to 26 percent margin, and Clinton by a 63 percent to 32 percent margin. The results are about the same when “working class American” is substituted for “average” American.

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