Support for Obama by African-Americans in North Carolina dwindling
President's approval rating is down from 86 percent to 77 percent
President Barack Obama has lost significant support among
African-American voters in North Carolina. A recent poll out today from
the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found that Mitt Romney
would get 20 percent of the African-American vote if the election were
held today, compared with 76 percent for Obama. Romney retains a 48
percent to 46 percent lead on Obama in the swing state.
The decline in African-American support for Obama comes as little surprise as it follows the general trend of voters in North Carolina.
Obama\'s numbers with African-Americans have recently been in a tailspin. The president's approval rating is down from 86 percent to 77 percent. Romney has been finding steady support from African Americans in the meantime, has doubled from nine percent to 18 percent.
Polling analyst at PPP Jim Williams says it could be \"statistical noise\" that comes with a small sample, He points out that only about 200 African-Americans were surveyed, but said it was not something the agency has \"ever seen before.\"
\"Seventy-something percent is obviously low,\" Williams told Business Insider. \"It\'s not something we\'ve ever seen before. It\'s definitely something we\'re going to monitor.\"
If the results keep turning up like this, it would be \"very bad news for him," Williams added.
The decline in African-American support for Obama comes as little surprise as it follows the general trend of voters in North Carolina. Obama led Romney by a point last month. Obama led by five points two months ago. Romney has also swung the important Independent vote to his side, turning a 13-point deficit in April into a one-point lead in June.
"There is a certain amount of racial loyalty and party loyalty, but eventually that was going to have to weaken," Andra Gillespie, a political scientist at Emory University, who studies African Americans says. "It's understandable given the economy."
African Americans have historically correlated approval ratings of the president to the unemployment rate, she said. The slip in the strongly favorable rating continues the decline Obama has seen among all groups, but black voters have been his staunchest supporters. Overall, they still hold a generally favorable view of the president.
Gillespie's feels that the decline is tied to the disproportionately high jobless rate faced by African Americans correlates with the drop in their view of Obama's handling of the economy. In July, only 54 percent of blacks said they thought Obama's policies were making the economy better compared with 77 percent the previous year.
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