Poll: Voters don’t believe Obama on Rev. Wright

A new Rasmussen Poll out shows that a majority of voters believe Obama only denounced Rev. Wright because it was politically expedient to do so. Furthermore, a good portion of voters think Obama believes some of things Rev. Wright says.

Here’s the poll from Rasmussen:

A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that just 30% of the nation’s Likely Voters believe Barack Obama denounced his former Pastor, Jeremiah Wright, because he was outraged. Most—58%–say he denounced the Pastor for political convenience. The survey was conducted on Wednesday and Thursday night. Obama made his statements about Wright on Tuesday.

Wright held a mini-media tour last weekend capped by a press conference at the National Press Club on Monday. Only 33% of voters believe that Obama was surprised by the views Wright expressed at Monday’s press conference. Fifty-two percent (52%) say he was not surprised.

Fifty-six percent (56%) say it’s at least somewhat likely that Obama “shares some of Pastor Wright’s controversial views about the United States.” That figure includes 26% who say it’s Very Likely Obama holds such views. At the other end of the spectrum 24% say it’s Not Very Likely that Obama shares such views. Just 11% say it’s Not at All Likely.

Just 7% of the nation’s voters agree with Wright’s views of the United States. African-American voters, by a 64% to 12% margin, disagree with Wright. Eighty-one percent (81%) of all voters are following the story somewhat or very closely.

I’ll tell you right here, I as well believe he strongly denounced Wright because he needed to so for political reasons. I say this because of several reasons. First of all, Obama must have known Wright was controversial which is why he prevented Wright from being a part his 2008 campaign announcement. Plus, being in the church 20 years or so, I can’t believe word didn’t get around about how controversial Rev. Wright actually was.

However, even if Obama only denounced Wright now for political reasons, that doesn’t mean anything sinister. If I were Obama, I would have hoped Rev. Wright never became a controversy in this campaign. There’s no reason I, as a candidate, would have wanted to bring up Wright unless I had to.

What will matter is whether voters feel Obama has denounced and distanced himself from Wright enough.