A new poll shows Americans believe Trump has done more for blacks than the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama, though many want the government to do more.
Americans were more than twice as likely to believe that life has improved for young black Americans since Trump took office than when Obama left office, and many believe things could be better if the president and Congressional Black Caucus were on friendlier terms.
From Rasmussen Reports:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 33% of Likely U.S. Voters think life for young black Americans has gotten better since Trump’s election. Slightly more (36%) say life is worse for young blacks now, while 22 percent rage it as about the same. These findings have changed very little from a year ago.
By comparison, in July 2016, Obama’s final year in office, just 13% said life for young black Americans had gotten better since the election of the nation’s first black president.
The most recent survey, released Monday, involved 1,000 likely voters questioned between May 30 and June 2. Overall, just one in four believe race relations in America today are “good” or “excellent,” and only one in five believe the situation is improving.
The survey follows several Trump administration policies that have impacted blacks more than most others, including the roll back of Obama era race-based school discipline directives, bi-partisan criminal justice reforms, and economic policies that have led to a record low black unemployment.
It also comes as many in the mainstream media have worked relentlessly to portray Trump and his supporters as uncaring racists hell bent on promoting white supremacy, while downplaying the administrations achievements for blacks and other minorities.
The result is obvious in the Rasmussen poll when broken down by demographics.
“More than 60 percent of Democrats think life for young black Americans has gotten worse under Trump and that the government needs to do more to help. Republicans disagree, while unaffiliated voters are more closely divided,” according to the pollster.
“Among black voters, 59 percent think life for young blacks has gotten worse under Trump, and 66% say the government has done too little to improve their conditions. Sixty-eight percent feel, though, think the bad relations between Trump and black members of Congress are also bad for black America.”
In a different Rasmussen poll from February, 55 percent of likely voters told Rasmussen blacks and other minorities are better off in the U.S. than in most other places in the world.
There’s also signs that the public isn’t buying the media narrative about the allegedly rampant racism in America.
“A sizable number” of the 1,000 likely voters surveyed in February said they believe many of the alleged hate crimes reported in the media are hoaxes, much like the Jussie Smollett debacle.
Regardless, Trump’s support among blacks and Hispanics has increased significantly since election day 2016, and some are already promising to “ride or die with Trump” into 2020, The Washington Examiner reports.