Results of SurveyUSA News Poll #13734
 
In Harrisburg, Mixed Reaction to Obama Comments: While half of Harrisburg-area adults familiar with comments presidential candidate Barack Obama made last week say they disagree with what Obama said, 56% say they were not personally offended by his words describing how some Americans are "bitter" about economic circumstances. Overall, 50% of those familiar with the candidate's statement say they disagree with it, and 43% say they agree. Among Democrats, 51% agree; among independents, 57% agree. While 53% of conservatives say they were personally offended, 52% of Republicans say they were not offended. When it comes to the potential fallout from the remarks, 44% say they will have no long-term impact on the Obama campaign; 42% say they will have a negative impact. 14% say they will have a positive impact.
 
Filtering: SurveyUSA interviewed 700 adults from the Harrisburg area; 534 identified themselves as being familiar with Obama's comments and were asked the questions which follow. Research conducted exclusively for WHP-TV in Harrisburg.
 
1In general, do you agree? Or do you disagree? With what Barack Obama said?
534 Familiar With CommentsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyAttend Religious ServiceGun Ownership
Credibility Interval: ± 4.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalRegularlOccasionAlmost NYesNo
Agree43%46%40%48%45%38%42%******32%51%57%25%52%58%38%52%47%40%46%
Disagree50%47%53%41%49%57%51%******62%41%36%71%39%37%55%42%47%53%47%
Not Sure7%7%6%11%6%5%7%******6%7%7%4%9%5%8%7%5%7%7%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Familiar With Comments100%52%48%25%40%35%92%4%2%2%43%41%13%35%35%15%53%22%25%49%49%
 
 
2Do you personally find Obama's comments offensive? Or not offensive?
534 Familiar With CommentsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyAttend Religious ServiceGun Ownership
Credibility Interval: ± 4.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalRegularlOccasionAlmost NYesNo
Offensive40%39%41%30%39%47%40%******46%33%39%53%28%34%43%35%38%42%38%
Not Offensive56%58%54%65%57%49%55%******52%62%60%45%65%64%53%61%59%55%57%
Not Sure4%3%5%4%4%3%4%******3%5%1%3%6%2%4%4%3%3%5%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Familiar With Comments100%52%48%25%40%35%92%4%2%2%43%41%13%35%35%15%53%22%25%49%49%
 
 
3In the long run, do you think Obama's comments will have a positive impact on his campaign? A negative impact? Or no impact at all?
534 Familiar With CommentsAllGenderAgeRaceParty AffiliationIdeologyAttend Religious ServiceGun Ownership
Credibility Interval: ± 4.3 pct pointsMaleFemale18-3435-5455+WhiteBlackHispanicOtherRepublicDemocratIndependConservaModerateLiberalRegularlOccasionAlmost NYesNo
Positive Impact14%18%9%15%11%15%12%******10%18%12%10%13%10%11%15%16%9%15%
Negative Impact42%40%44%32%46%43%42%******43%39%43%49%36%38%42%40%43%41%43%
No Impact At All44%43%45%51%42%41%45%******46%42%45%41%50%51%47%44%38%49%40%
Not Sure1%0%2%1%1%1%1%******1%0%0%0%0%1%1%0%2%0%2%
Total100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%100%
Composition of Familiar With Comments100%52%48%25%40%35%92%4%2%2%43%41%13%35%35%15%53%22%25%49%49%
 
 
** Too few respondents of this type were interviewed for this data to be meaningful.