White Americans’ Views on Obama by age, gender, income, marital status, children, religion, education, sexual orientation, and more. All graphics are in one post here along with brief summaries. Click on any of the links for more detailed analysis / commentary.
I believe this data is useful in looking at political dynamics among Whites in the USA as a whole. “Views on Obama” is probably a proxy for overall political views.
Religious Identification and Race
Summary of White Views of Obama by Religious Identification
White Protestants overwhelmingly disapprove of Obama. White Catholics support Obama at slightly above the national White average. White Atheist support for Obama is high. The eternal outsiders, the Jews, are the most pro-Obama of all. / Hindus and Muslims are wildly supportive of Obama compared to any Whites. One surprise is that Black Atheists support Obama many points less than Black Christians.
IncomeSummary of White Views on Obama by Income Level
Richer Whites support Obama a little more. Overall, not much difference by income.
Education Attained, Whites Over 30
Summary of White Views on Obama by Education Attained
The more education attained, the higher the support for Obama. White college degree holders vs. non-degree holders: Ten point jump in support for Obama among men. Fifteen point jump for women.
Marital Status and Children
Summary of White Views on Obama by Marital Status and Children
Marriage really affects White women’s politics. White men’s, not as much.
Having children really affects White women’s politics. White men’s, not at all.
Summary of White Views on Obama by Sexual Orientation/Identity
No Gender Gap at all among White heterosexuals. Yes Gender Gap among LGBTs — a surprise. LGBTs more pro-Obama, but Gay men most of all. Tangentially, possible evidence in this data for the social prestige of male homosexuality by the mid-2010s.
Age, Sex, and Level of Political Involvement
Summary of Whites’ Views of Obama by Age, Sex, and Political Involvement
(1) The contention that “White women” or “young White women” represent a core Obama constituency is shown to be false. (2) There is not really a “continuum” of steadily lessening support for Obama with higher age as we might expect, but rather a curiously smooth and neat split into two camps. Among men, those born in or after the mid-1970s support Obama at eleven points higher than those born in the early 1970s or earlier.
Final Comment: A lot of what is seen in this data is neatly summarized by Steve Sailer’s “Core versus Fringe” theory of U.S. politics. Generally, the higher a group’s “weighted approval” score here, the more “fringe” to the USA it either (a) is, or (b) wants to perceive itself to be (for certain reasons, often psychological). The are certain exceptions to this rule at the high end of the White population, partly explained by these being the people who lead the “fringe” coalition itself. What is left still unexplained by “leaders of the fringe coalition” might be partly seen as part of a status game among the White elite itself.