More of those average American voters. Like this former Clinton supporter:
The poll responses also show Obama has more work to do to quell fears among voters like Kirstie Hartle of Rome, N.Y., a registered Democrat who has never supported a Republican presidential candidate. With Clinton out of the race, Hartle said, “I’m Republican all the way now.”…
“It sounds to me like a Middle Eastern type of name and whether or not he’s born here in the United States, he doesn’t seem like, to me, somebody who is trustworthy,” Hartle said in a telephone interview. “You can’t trust anybody these days, so who’s to say he’s not a terrorist and we just don’t realize it yet?”
And she’s not alone:
When asked an open-ended question about the first words that come to mind about Obama, some former Clinton supporters used words like Muslim or terrorist. Those misconceptions have been fueled by Internet rumors that point out his name is Barack Hussein Obama but otherwise lie about his background.
“I refuse to vote for an Arab to be in my White House,” said retired salesman Dean Johnson of Lanett, Ala. “That is the only factor. Otherwise, you couldn’t break both my legs and make me vote for a Republican.”
These are your fellow citizens, folks. And they vote. Yes, that should frighten you.