More than 16,000 of you participated in our online poll, and a clear winner emerged: Barack Obama, with more than 69% of the total votes. John Edwards edged out Hillary Clinton by a narrow margin, and after Edwards left the race, a majority of his supporters indicated in a follow up poll that they would move to support Obama.
You can see the full results of our online poll, along with breakdowns by race, age, and other factors, as well as comments from members about the candidates, here:
ColorOfChange.org has a very diverse membership, perhaps the most diverse of any online advocacy organization. The poll gives an interesting picture of the differences in how we view the candidates, as well as how we see them similarly. With 86% of Black members choosing Obama, the results also say something about how politically-engaged Black folks see the Presidential race. In particular, they indicate that Black America is on a different page than many of our elected Black officials who have split their endorsements.
Some would say that it's no surprise that the members of an organization dedicated to amplifying the political voice of Black folks would overwhelmingly support a Black candidate for President. But the thousands of comments members wrote painted a different picture, with many of you offering specifics about the change you want to see and why your candidate was the one most likely to make it happen.
Indeed, it was a desire for change in politics as usual that was voiced by nearly everyone who voted. Edwards and Clinton supporters were just as passionate about creating deep and lasting improvements in this country, and saw their candidate as the vehicle.
With 22 states holding primaries next Tuesday (February 5th), now is the time to get involved, no matter which candidate you support, and make a real difference. Both campaigns can use your help, even if you have only a few hours or a few dollars to give. You can find out how to get involved, and see the full results of our online poll, here:
-- James, Van, Gabriel, Clari