Poll: Obama’s approval among blacks plummets—to 84%
posted at 10:18 am on September 8, 2011 by Howard Portnoy
A newly released Gallup poll reveals historic lows in President Obama’s job approval rating across three key demographic groups. Among the nation’s largest such group, whites, his approval is at 33%—25 points off his post-election high of 58%. Among the second largest ethnicity, Hispanics, his numbers have dropped even more precipitously, from 75% in January, 2009, to 48% in August of this year.
So far has Obama’s star fallen since he rode to electoral victory on the twin promises of hope and change that his approval among his most loyal constituency, blacks, has tied its all-time low. Having once enjoyed a supernal job approval rating of 92%, Obama now gets the nod from a merely unprecedented 84% of blacks.
Either the members of this ethnic group is the most astute political observers ever, or they are judging the president based on the color of his skin. With black unemployment at its highest rate in 27 years and no indication that that statistic is likely to change soon, one is drawn to the strong likelihood that race is the operant variable.
This is in not to suggest that “home team pride” is not a factor in all of us. Nor is it to dismiss wholesale the possibility suggested by Algernon Austin, director of the Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy program at the Economic Policy Institute, that “racial discrimination in the labor market continues to play a role.”
Yet, as sports fans know, you support your coach only so long as he leads the team to victory. When he stops performing or fails to live up to expectations, you demand that the GM start shopping for a replacement. When will black “fans” grow weary of Coach Obama?
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