Black Voters More Likely to Forgive Weiner, Spitzer

Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner find support in the black community.

A black voter in Harlem (Don Emmert/Getty Images)

More recently, a Quinnipiac poll in the comptroller’s race found that 66 percent of white voters said that Mr. Spitzer’s prostitution scandal was a legitimate issue in the comptroller’s race. Only 43 percent of black voters said that it was. And this week, a New York Times/Siena College poll found Mr. Spitzer with strong support among black registered Democrats — 57 percent backed him, compared with 37 percent of white voters.

Numbers aside, consider the overwhelming support from the black community for other scorned politicians in the past, like President Bill Clinton and in Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry, and you can see why the forgiveness stereotype among black voters is hard to dispute. 

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