The polls continue within the margin of error, with a slight advantage to Obama, but all agree that Romney`s share of the white vote has sunk decisively, and perhaps fatally, below the 60% achieved by the Congressional GOP in 2010. (More white share comparisons here—scroll down).
Rasmussen Report`s Premium Platinum subscribers learn that Romney`s white share still stuck at 57%, for an eighteen-point lead over Obama.
Romney`s relatively high (60%) white share in this poll a few days ago, when he had a three-point lead, garnered very rare MSM attention. Last night, the poll`s commentator Gary Langer mentioned in passing that Romney`s white share is now down to 58%, for a twenty-point lead over Obama. The poll does not include racial breakdowns in its published data sheet.
As Steve Sailer noted recently, Ipsos/ Reuters does make searches of its data base possible. Romney`s recent white share: 49.4%, for a 13.8 point lead over Obama. These numbers are skewed downward because, unlike other polls, Ipsos/ Reuters does not factor out Wouldn`t Vote (4.9%), None/ Other (4.3%), Don`t Know (5.7%) and offers no guidance on how to do so. But for what it`s worth, Romney`s white share is trending upward: this is the highest shown by Ipsos/ Reuters all year.
Very unusual in Establishment commentary, this Democratic pollster explicitly links Obama`s improved standing to Romney`s relatively weak white share, saying Obama has
reduced what had been a 20+ point deficit with white voters back down to a 57/40 spread. When you combine that with his 89/9 lead among African Americans and 67/28 edge with Hispanics it`s the formula for a small overall lead
Yet another example of Romney`s continuing problem with the Northern white working class: Rasmussen (Nov. 2) show Romney trailing (in the state of his birth) 47-52. Platinum subscribers can learn Romney`s white share: a very undistinguished 55%, only twelve points ahead of Obama.