Obama Dismisses the Bradley Effect

Couric: There’s been a debate about the Bradley effect, which as you know, in essence, is when some respondents lie to pollsters and say, “Sure, we’d vote for an African American candidate,” but on Election Day they just don’t do it. A lot of people say it’s a phenomenon that’s outdated, overstated and misunderstood. Having said that, do you think we’ll see evidence of that on Election Day?

Obama: You know, I have to tell you, I’m in the camp that says it’s outdated and overstated. I mean, the fact of the matter is that people have been worrying incessant about whether or not I’m hampered because I’m an African American since we were campaigning in Iowa. The reason I’m sitting here two days before election as a Democratic nominee is because the American people ultimately care about whether or not you can do the job.


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