Report: Biden Is Losing Support In Black Community, Trump Is On The Rise

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Joe Biden is not doing well among black voters.

While the Washington Examiner reports Biden has amassed 77 percent support with the black community, this figure is far lower than those who supported Hillary Clinton in 2016 or either time Barack Obama ran for office.

And, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee’s loss is President Trump’s gain.

Trump is on the rise with black voters, garnering a whopping 14 percent of support according to the latest John Zogby Strategies and EMI Research Solutions poll.

The Washington Examiner reports this figure, though appearing much smaller than Biden’s is actually the highest level of support for a Republican candidate by black voters in recent history.

From the report:

In the last 20 years, only George W. Bush, running for reelection in 2004 against then Sen. John Kerry, came close with 11% of the black vote. In 2016, against Hillary Clinton, Trump won 8% of the black vote.

Since his election, he saw black employment surge and black unemployment hit a new low before the coronavirus crisis. Trump has also featured black voices in his administration at events and endorsed key initiatives supported by African Americans, including criminal justice reform.

Overall in the survey, Biden leads Trump 49%-42%, down from Biden’s 13-point lead in May, 54%-41%.

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Republican officials, including South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, said if Trump can carry this enthusiasm to Election Day then he will decisively win.

“Game over if we get 14,” Scott said.

The new poll was also taken at a time when American is internally grappling with race relations since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis a couple of months ago.

Floyd was killed when officers detained him and knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes and since his death, race riots and protests against police brutality have spurred in major cities across the country.

In the months since Floyd’s death, Trump has vocalized support for Confederate monuments—drawing criticism. But, Biden has not done himself any favors either. During a video interview with Breakfast Club host Charlemagne da God, who is black, Biden said a voter “ain’t black” if they support Trump.

Also on the horizon for soliciting the black vote is Biden’s prospective vice presidential selection.

He has promised to select a woman to join him on the ballot and many of his supporters are calling for the woman to be a minority.

Senators Tammy Duckworth, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, and Kamala Harris are reportedly all still in consideration.

The Washington Examiner reports pollster John Zogby said the veep pick could make the difference.

“First significant event: the very important choice of a running mate. The whole world is watching, and this certainly argues for the selection of an African American woman. These numbers among blacks are dismal,” he said.

“Blacks are not where they should be,” Zogby added. “Young and Hispanics look good, as do women. I think he has slack for a month, but this may be the most important VP choice since 1960. I hear a lot about [Illinois Sen.] Tammy Duckworth, but if his pollsters are showing what ours are, the choice will have to be a black woman.”

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