Poll: Obama's Race Won't Affect How Most Kentuckians Vote

For 83 percent of Kentuckians, Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s race will not affect their vote. But a poll by WKYT and The Lexington Herald-:Leader did find that 12 percent of Kentuckians think Obama being African-American makes them less likely to vote for him.

Along racial lines, white and African-American likely voters overwhelmingly said race won’t matter when they go to the voting booth November 4. The poll’s results found the exact same percent (83 percent) of whites and African-Americans said Obama’s race will have no affect on their choice.

Since entering the national spotlight, Obama’s religious faith has been questioned and often times confused. In the WKYT/The Herald-Leader poll, 61 percent of Kentuckians correctly identified Obama as a Christian. Fourteen percent incorrectly believe he’s Muslim. Eighty-two percent of those polled correctly identified Republican John McCain as a Christian.

Poll Methodology

WKYT and The Herald-Leader conducted the poll with the assistance of Research 2000 of Olney, Md. Between October 19 and 21, a total of 600 likely voters were interviewed statewide telephone.

Those interviewed were selected by the random variation of the last four digits of telephone numbers. A cross section of exchanges was utilized to ensure and accurate reflection of the state. Quotas were assigned to reflect the voter registration of distribution by county.

The margin of error, according to standards customarily used by statisticians, is no more than plus or minus four percentage points. This means there is a 95 percent probability that the “true” figure would fall within that range if the entire population were sampled. The margin of error is higher for any subgroup, such as gender or party affiliation.

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