Black Voters Could Reelect the President

Nov. 27, 2019
Bob Adelmann

For at least the last eight presidential elections, Democrats could count on the black vote to carry the day. From Michael Dukakis (1988) through Hillary Clinton (2016), they supported whomever the Democrats nominated by between 85 and 95 percent. In 2016, Clinton received 89 percent to Trump's eight percent.

Up until the faux impeachment hearings, it appeared that 2020 was likely to be a repeat: Trump's approval ratings among blacks were in the low single digits. In July and August, for example, Rasmussen Reports' approval numbers for the president were in the mid-20s among blacks. A recent Economist/YouGov poll had the number at 16 percent among blacks while a MorningConsult/Politico poll reported 18 percent and Gallup reported 21 percent support for the president among blacks.

But as the impeachment hearings droned on and on, something happened. Last Friday, Rasmussen reported that Trump's approval numbers had jumped to 34 percent. This was replicated in a poll conducted by Emerson College last week, which reported a 34.5 percent approval rating among blacks. A previous poll by Emerson in October showed black approval of the president at 17.8 percent.

Spencer Kimball, the professor at Emerson College who oversees its poll, said that the sudden jump "could be attributed to variance within the subsets … and be an anomaly. Or it could be the start of a trend. I have noticed [Trump's] approval with minority voters slightly higher than his 2016 vote totals, and [I] think he might do better with this vote than he did in 2016."

And then along came the results from NPR/Marist, taken from November 11 through 15: non-white approval of the president is at 33 percent.


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This, according to Peter Kirsanow of National Review, is cause for serious heartburn among Democrats: "What concerns progressives is that, despite their relentless rhetorical assault, Trump's approval ratings among black voters appear to range between 18-34 percent. [Twelve] months from the next presidential election, those approval numbers are cause not just for Democratic concern, but apoplexy."

If Trump's approval numbers hold true through Election Day next November, he should carry the day. Said Kirsanow, "If Trump's black vote totals are even half of the lower percentage in 2020, he'd get four more years in office."

Frank Newport, a senior scientist for Gallup, said that there is a high correlation between approval ratings and voter behavior: "Approval ratings for an incumbent president have a significant relationship to actual election outcomes … [for instance] the last Republican president before Trump, George W. Bush, had a 14% approval rating among blacks in 2004 as he was seeking reelection. Bush received 11% of the black vote that November."

If Kirsanow is right – if Trump can translate just half of his present approval ratings among blacks into votes next November – then these will be more than enough to give him a runaway win for another four years.

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Sources:

Breitbart: Democrats' Worst Nightmare: Polls Show 34 Percent of Black Likely Voters Approve of Donald Trump

Tweet from Rasmussen Reports

Emerson poll results

Morning Consult poll results

Rasmussen's Daily Snapshot 11/22/2019

Wall Street Journal: If Trump Can Pick Up Some Black Votes . . .

Gallup: Analyzing Black Support for President Trump

Rasmussen: Trump Support Up This Week Among Black Voters – August 2, 2019

National Review: Trump and the Black Vote

Rasmussen: Black Approval for Trump Returns to Normal Range August 9, 2019

NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll of 1,224 National Adults November 11-15, 2019

Rasmussen: Fact Check: We are at 34%.

DailyWire.com: Democrats' Dread Goes Real: Polls Show

WND.com: 2 polls show massive surge in black voters supporting Trump

American Thinker: Two (!) polls find black approval of Trump at 34%

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