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.This is probably about as good as it could have been. There was never any chance of persuading the 30% of hardcore Fox viewers, after all, and this poll suggests that he got virtually unanimous support among everyone else.
When registered voters were asked if Obama would unite the country, however, 52 percent said yes — down from 67 percent last month.
As for fewer people thinking Obama can unite the country — well, that's just facing up to reality. He's a talented politician, but he's not the second coming. We Americans just disagree about a lot of stuff, and that's not likely to change anytime soon.