Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Do blacks and Hispanics support Blagojevich more than whites?

Dawn Turner Trice:
Last night, on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” show, a state legislator said that Gov. Rod Blagojevich still enjoys a sizeable amount of support in Chicago’s African American and Hispanic communities. She said that was true because the governor has instituted programs, such as allowing seniors to ride public transit for free, that seem to have a significant impact on minority communities.

It certainly appears that the governor has a lot of support among minorities when you consider some of the people surrounding him of late. Shortly after the governor’s Dec. 9th arrest, a group of black ministers convened at his home to pray for him. Minutes after Blagojevich’s impeachment earlier this month, he was joined on stage by a number of minority constituents.

But does the governor still enjoy a lot of support in the black and Hispanic communities? Or has the governor orchestrated these moments to appear this way?

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform conducted a state poll that found that blacks and whites aren’t too far apart when it comes to how they view state politics. (The campaign didn’t address Hispanics specifically.)

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