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Answering the Question No One Asked

12:33 PM, Mar 19, 2008 • By DEAN BARNETT
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So Barack Obama has made racial reconciliation the lynchpin of his campaign. Finally! The polls have shown that the American public has been fairly screaming for the presidential candidates to address this issue:

Opinion Research Corporation Poll. March 14-16, 2008. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
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"Which of the following issues will be MOST important to you when you decide how to vote for president: [see below]?" Options rotated

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Economy 42%
War in Iraq 21%
Health care 18%
Terrorism 10%
Illegal imm. 7%
Other (vol.) 1%
Unsure 1%

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Bill McInturff (R). March 7-10, 2008. N=1,012 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.
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"Let me list some issues that have been proposed for the federal government to address. Please tell me which one of these items you think should be the top priority for the federal government. [See below.]" If more than one: "Well, if you had to choose just one, which do you think should be the top priority?"

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Job creation and economic growth: 26%
The war in Iraq:19%
Health care: 12%
Energy and the cost of gas:10%
Terrorism: 9%
Illegal immigration: 9%
The environment and global warming: 4%
Foreign policy and Iran: 2%
All equally (vol.): 8%
Unsure: 1%

To be fair to the gushing masses on the left who think Obama has stumbled on the issue, please note that "Other" checked in as the most important issue with a lusty 3% of CNN poll respondents as recently as last June.

Personally, I thought it was tiresome enough when Democrats were determined to re-litigate the entrance into the Iraq War. Now that they're signaling their intention to re-argue the Constitution and America's "original sin," words can't describe my boredom.