Most Voters Say Obama Denounced Wright for Political Convenience

Posted May 2, 2008 at 11:47am

Most voters believe that Barack Obama denounced his ex-pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, on Tuesday more out of political expediency than principle. In a survey conducted April 30-May 1, Rasmussen Reports said 58 percent said Obama’s motivation was political convenience compared to 30 percent who said it was because he was outraged. Fifty-two percent said they did not believe Obama was surprised by the remarks that Wright recently made at a much-covered appearance at the National Press Club compared to 33 percent who said they thought Obama was surprised. Fifty-six percent said it was at least somewhat likely that Obama “shares some of Pastor Wright’s controversial views about the United States.” Black voters said they disagreed with Wright’s views by 64 percent to 12 percent.