WASHINGTON — President Obama last week sought to turn attention from health care to immigration — in other words, from one racially divisive issue to another.

Whites tend to hold negative views of Obamacare, while blacks tend to like it. Specifically, 55 percent of whites, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found this year, consider Mr. Obama’s health care law a bad idea, while 59 percent of blacks call it a good idea. On immigration, 51 percent of whites oppose legal status for illegal residents, but 63 percent of blacks and 76 percent of Hispanics favor it.

The statistics mirror the core philosophical division in Washington’s fierce battles over taxes, spending and debt. Whites say government does too much, while blacks and Hispanics say it should do more to meet people’s needs.

Those attitudes, and the continued growth of the nonwhite population, have produced this sometimes-overlooked result: American politics has grown increasingly polarized by race, as well as by party and ideology.


3 thoughts on “The political polarization of America is centered on Race

  1. Well this is one white man who supports Obamacare and humane immigration policies. Yes I live in Arizona too, so people can’t accuse me of not knowing a thing or two about immigration. Too bad those of us who support such are a minority of the population in this state. We have been making progress though at the grass roots level and Arizona is slowly becoming less red and more purple in time. You wouldn’t know it by looking at our Governor and Legislature but big change is happening in this state. I am glad I have played a small role in helping that happen.


      • Yes I will soon have to do that, that’s a good idea. Lots is happening in this state that very much deal with important issues and human rights.

        Yes as conservative as she is, she does have some heart as evidence by that decision and an earlier decision to raise state sales taxes, a GOP no-no, in order to pay for education and programs for the poor and needy in this state. It was a temporary full 1% rate increase which was in reality over a 10% increase in revenue brought in by sales taxes, and it made a huge difference. She was able to get it on the ballot and the voters approved it. The problem is when it was getting ready to expire there were those of us pushing to continue the tax and some group managed to get it on the ballot. It sadly did not pass so education and other programs took a big fall and hit.


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