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Poll: Obama’s approval among blacks plummets—to 84%

posted at 10:18 am on September 8, 2011 by

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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When will black “fans” grow weary of Coach Obama playing for a consistently losing team?

Obama is the symptom. Statism is the problem.

gryphon202 on September 8, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Karl Rove said once that if 1 out of 100 black voters in NC in 2008 don’t return to the polls in 2012, the Republican gets the nod in NC by twice the margin by which 0bama won NC in 2008.

0bama didn’t win because African-Americans came to the polls in 2008. He won because African-Americans loaded their cars with all their friends and relatives to go to the polls in 2008. If even one passenger in one car in 20 doesn’t make it back to the polls next year, fuggedaboutit. Even a slight diminishment in black enthusiasm for 0bama was always going to doom him in ’12.

This is why my personal state-by-state analysis of NC, IN, and VA put them back in the red column. Much of 0bama’s win in 2008 in these states was due to unprecedented and unrepeatable turnout from African-Americans and college students.

Sekhmet on September 8, 2011 at 11:52 AM

I know the joke is supposed to be that his approval rating is still that high in the black community, but really, a drop of that many percentage points is a pretty serious indication that he’s sinking like a stone. Maybe even more so than the non-race based fall in approval numbers.

DrAllecon on September 8, 2011 at 12:01 PM

He’ll get at least 92% support from blacks. They can’t help themselves. Trust me. I speak to black Barack voters all the time. He’s gold to them, although they can never tell me why.

SouthernGent on September 8, 2011 at 12:15 PM

The loss of enthusiasm among the Democratic factions is so bad, even ACORN’s vote fraud won’t be able to make up the difference.

LarryD on September 8, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Seriously, this is a big f’n deal.

This means the TURNOUT will be in the toilet.

logis on September 8, 2011 at 11:25 PM

I think they’ll still turn out, not so much because they think they’ll be getting any special favors, a la “Peggy the Moocher” but simply to save face. They’re not going to want to see the first of their own crash and burn.

tpitman on September 10, 2011 at 12:15 PM


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