For the most part our late-May survey showed little change among the ethnic groups’ opinions of Obama’s efforts to improve racial equality.F or the first time since mid-March, less than 60 percent of Asian-Americans and African-Americans believe the President is moving at the right pace. Caucasians seem to be holding steady with around 50 percent believing Obama is moving at the right pace but still a healthy portion (43 percent) thinking he needs to slow down. Mexican-Americans have been slightly more optimistic; 61 percent believe he is moving at the right pace, while 58 percent of other Latinos approve of the speed of the Presidents efforts to improve racial equality.
Wave 6 of our NationPulse survey ran on May 26, the same day Obama announced Sonia Sotomayor as his pick for Supreme Court Justice. As her confirmation in the Senate takes place over the coming weeks we expect to see changes among all ethnic groups in regards to their opinion on this question. We will be very focused on how this affects Mexican-Americans and other Latinos to see their views of the President’s efforts align or begin to separate.
Brad Chism is president of Zata3 Communications, a one-to-one communications company based in Washington, DC, serving a national client base of Democratic candidates and progressive organizations and interest groups. For more information about Zata3 and ZataPulse polling, click here. To see all posts on the survey results, click here.