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CBS Poll: Obama’s Race Speech Helping

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An earlier poll shows that the Wright controversy is seriously hurting Obama, but this new one from CBS shows that perhaps those who view his recent speech turn around their opinions.

From CBS:

Sixty-nine percent of voters who have heard or read about Obama’s speech say he did a good job addressing the issue of race relations, and 63 percent of voters following the events say they agree with Obama’s views on race relations. Seventy-one percent say he did a good job explaining his relationship with Wright. […]

Most voters following the events say they will make no difference in their vote. Seventy percent say the events will make no difference in their vote. Among those who said it would, 14 percent said it makes them more likely to vote for Obama while an equal number said it makes them less likely to support him.

Nearly a quarter of Democrats say the events have made them more likely to back Obama, while a similar number of Republicans say they are now less likely to do so. Three in four independents say the events make no difference, and the remainder are nearly evenly split between those more likely to support him and those less likely to do so.

So what does this mean? Basically, Obama may very well have stopped the bleeding, especially among independents, which will be key if he wants to shift the electoral map around in the Fall.

One bit of bad news…

When registered voters were asked if Obama would unite the country, however, 52 percent said yes – down from 67 percent last month.

One thing to keep in mind…that number is taken right after this incident so we could be looking at different numbers just a month from now. If he gets back on the road and gets back on message, that number could be back up near 70% by the time the Democratic convention rolls around.