President Donald Trump’s approval rating is surging among African-Americans, and that could put Democrats in serious trouble. According to The Federalist’s Joseph Sheppard, any black support for Trump past 10% puts Democrats in the “danger zone” when it comes to a challenger’s electability, and Trump has blown past that in 2018.
Evidence of a so-called “Kanye Effect” began to show up in the polls in April after the rapper Kanye West declared his support for President Trump. A Reuters poll, conducted April 29th, put Trump’s approval among black men at 22 percent, while the poll taken the month prior put that figure at 11 percent.
According to the latest figures out of Rasmussen, Trump’s approval rating among voters is now 51 percent overall – with 35 percent support from blacks.
Today’s @realDonaldTrump approval ratings among black voters: 35%.
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) October 4, 2018
Eight percent of black voters voted for Trump in 2016 (as did 29% of Hispanics, which you’d never believe if you listened to the media’s pro-illegal immigrant hysteria). In none of the past four Presidential elections did a Republican garner over 10% of the black vote. For that reason, even a nominally small increase in the share of the black vote for a Republican candidate can tip the scales in their favor. While an increase in the black vote for a Republican candidate from 8% to 16% would “only” be an eight percentage point increase, it’s also a 100 percent increase in support.
So what’s Trump doing differently? Simply, his administration is working for black Americans.
- It’s working-class blacks that lose the most from illegal immigration, both in terms of lost employment and increased competition driving their wages down. For that reason, it should come to no surprise that twice as many black voters support Trump’s policy on deportations than oppose it.
- In January, the black unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in recorded history, and has continued to fall since.
- Under Obama, the labor-force-participation rate for black Americans across the board dropped from 63.2 percent to 61.7 percent, the percentage of blacks below the poverty line grew from 25.8% to 26.2%, and average incomes declined from $35,954 to $35,398.
- The number of black owned businesses has SURGED 400% under Trump, according to the small business financier Guidant Financial.
With all that, what’s not to like? It’s a shame the mainstream media doesn’t report on stories like this – but I think we’re all aware that’s by design.