South Carolina Voters Angry Over Exit Poll Questions
Voters in Spartanburg County, S.C. were surprised by questions they were asked regarding racial issues after they left the voting booths on Election night.
Questions on the poll asked voters to agree or disagree:
- Blacks were getting too demanding in their push for equal rights.
- It’s really just a matter of some people not trying hard enough; if blacks were to try harder they would be just as well off with whites.
- Over the past few years Blacks have gotten less than what they deserve.
- Generations of Slavery and Discrimination have created conditions that make it harder for Blacks to work their way out of the lower class.
Behind the poll was a Political Science Professor at Clemson University, David Woodard, who said he was only trying to prove the hypothesis that white people vote for candidates regardless of race.
It was designed to take advantage of a political moment of Senator Tim Scott’s election as the first African-American from a southern state since reconstruction. It was not designed to be provocative.
Woolard included the specific language of the questions or phrases from polls used in the past over the last decade and it was only meant to test voters who showed up to elect Sen. Tim Scott.
South Carolina’s other Senator, Lindsey Graham, was also re-elected the same night even after his racially charged comments were recorded earlier this month.
I’m sorry the government’s so f—ed up. If I get to be president, white men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.
So while it appears the seemingly racist poll was administered for the sake of research, it’s understandable what had voters so offended. The findings of the research won’t be published until January.
Here is the questionnaire: