Russian Americans overwhelmingly say NO to Obama

29 10 2008

… I guess they know how to tell a Marxist when they see one.

You can find the whole report at the website of Московское Бюро по правам человека. Here are some quotes:

… 39% of all the respondents (48% of New York inhabitants) were registered as democrats for the moment of interrogation [kind of funny translation] and 23% (19% of New York inhabitants) – as republicans.

… 56% (65% of New York inhabitants) are going to vote for John McCain and 10% (the same share of New York inhabitants) – for Barack Obama. 28% (19% of New York inhabitants) didn’t define their choice yet. Among those who would most likely participate in election 65% will vote for McCain, 11% – for Obama and 25% didn’t define their choice yet.

… By 44% of respondents in the age categories below 35 years old and from 35 to 65 years old are going to vote for McCain. The number of people in the age category older than 65 who are going to vote for McCain reaches 66%. 18% of respondents in the age below 35 years old, 9% – in the age from 35 to 65 and 9% of respondents older than 65 are going to vote for Obama.

… The most important problems the hope for the solution of which the respondents associate with their candidate include: war against terrorism (62% of respondents, among those who are going to vote for McCain this is supported by 76% of respondents, among those for Obama – 56% of respondents), protection of Israel (60%, 76%, 47% correspondingly), economy (45%, 44%, 68%), taxes (35%, 37%, 50%), social insurance (29%, 31%, 32%), war in Iraq (22%, 29%, 50%), education (25%, 18%, 47%).

Here are some of my observations:

  • Notice that in the sample only 23% are registered Republicans.
  • Wow, only 11% likely voters decided for Obama. 25% do not know yet — I guess they cannot reconcile the praise of Obama they see in the media with their gut feeling telling them that Obama is some kind of fraud or worse.
  • Looks like older Russian (over 35 years old) emigrants remember Communism better and are less likely to vote for Obama.
  • Those who vote for McCain, do so mainly for foreign policy reasons (I guess a lot of them are Russian Jews). Those who vote for Obama, do so mainly for economic reasons (they probably want those refundable tax credits).
Russian Americans for Obama. $50 donations from 4 people.

Russian Americans for Obama. $50 donations from 4 people.

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