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Poll: Trump's Black Approval at 36%, Previous GOP Election Best Was 12% in 1996

President Donald Trump’s approval rating among likely black voters registered at 36 percent this week, which is a 17-point increase from this time last year, when it was only 19 percent.

Rasmussen Reports published the finding on Wednesday among its daily tracking poll results.

Rasmussen’s determination of an upward trend in Trump’s African-American support is consistent with other survey findings.

An NAACP poll released earlier this month showed the president’s approval rating at 21 percent among blacks. The NAACP downplayed that number’s importance, of course, but it was remarkable all the same.

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In early May, according to KUSI in San Diego, a Reuters poll showed Trump’s backing among black men leapt to 22 percent from 11 percent after rapper Kanye West said he was on the Trump train.

According to exit polling conducted by NBC News, Trump received just 8 percent of the African American vote in the 2016 election.

By contrast, the highest percentage of the African-American vote garnered by a Republican presidential candidate in recent decades is 12 percent by former Sen. Bob Dole in 1996.

In 1956, Dwight Eisenhower — who took decisive action in support of African Americans’ civil rights as president — won an impressive 39 percent of the black vote, which is the highest post World War II tally for a Republican.

Do you think the trend of higher African American support for Trump will continue?

In a Twitter post, Turning Point USA head Charlie Kirk predicted a landslide for Trump in 2020, if the present trend continues.

“If Trump can snag 15% of the black vote in 2020, the Democrats will have almost no chance,” Kirk tweeted.

Trump has repeatedly touted that his administration’s policies have helped lead to the lowest level of African-American unemployment ever recorded.

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The disparity between the overall unemployment rate and black unemployment has also been the lowest on record, as well.

Last month, frequent Fox News guest Candace Owens predicted there will be a “major black exit” from the Democrat Party in 2020.

Owens told Fox, “There is going to be a major black exit from the Democrat Party, and they are going to actually have to actually compete for their votes in 2020.”

“We are already seeing a major shift,” the Turning Point USA communications director added.

She highlighted that Trump was not considered a racist before he ran for office, and, in fact, was “loved in the hip hop” world.

Owens believes that the black community will become “the most politically relevant voting group by 2020.”

She pronounced, “Our awakening is finally happening.”

If what Owens says is true, it bodes well for Trump and the Republican Party as a whole.

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 1,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
Birthplace
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Nationality
American
Honors/Awards
Graduated dean's list from West Point
Education
United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law
Books Written
We Hold These Truths
Professional Memberships
Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
Topics of Expertise
Politics, Entertainment, Faith




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