07/14/2008 - Who is more in touch with the African American public? Presidential aspirant Sen. Barack Obama, who has called for an expansion of faith-based social service programs and for more responsibility among black men in caring for their children? Or critics like the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, who was overheard saying that Obama was "talking down to black people," a comment he later explained was meant as suggesting that the candidate should focus more on "racial justice and urban policy and jobs," and University of Maryland Professor Ronald Walters who remarked that "we're not electing [Obama] to be preacher in chief"?
Both camps will no doubt find adherents among the black community, but which can claim the larger band of supporters for their views? Polls conducted by the Pew Research Center over the last year provide some evidence.
Read the full report Obama's Black Audience: What Surveys Show About the Attitudes and Priorities of African Americans on the Pew Research Center Web site.