Skip to comments.BET Poll reveals G.O.P. is on track for the worst showing w/ black voters in modern history (Meh)
Posted on 08/27/2012 3:07:26 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
In the most comprehensive election-year study of registered African-American voters in the battleground states, BET News' original poll conducted by nationally-recognized pollster Cornell Belcher, reveals overwhelming support for President Barack Obama for a second term re-election and severe disapproval of Republican Presidential nominee Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts). "Black, Red, White & Blue," is a study of 800 registered black voters in swing states that explores divisions within the black electorate on key issues. The poll takes the pulse of African-American political opinion in the remaining months of President Obama's first term in office.
"We've been inundated by polls that have remained surprisingly static but none can answer the critical question of whether the heady days of hope and change have come and gone," says Cornell Belcher, President of brilliant corners Research and Strategies. "Now we have a poll that shines a light on whether in the era of super PACs, voter ID laws & shrinking early voting core Obama supporters will turn out like they did in 2008. President Obama won in 2008 by expanding the electorate and the battleground map and this poll gives a glimpse into whether a core constituency is poised to do it again."
"Hope is still alive. President Obama's base is frustrated but still optimistic and determined," Belcher added. "The President still has a lot of work to do to achieve his historic 2008 performance, but Republicans are increasingly poorly positioned to compete for Black voters."
The study is the deepest exploration to date of the views of black voters in the states on which the 2012 Election will probably turn. It brings into focus their increasing alienation from the GOP despite philosophical alignment on issues of social conservatism, challenges the conventional wisdom about their level of enthusiasm and optimism in the current election cycle, and suggests a clear distinction between personal beliefs and "voting issues" in how they cast their ballots.
Below are some of the additional topline highlights from "Black, Red, White & Blue," the 2012 BET News Poll of African American voters in the battleground states:
ON THE GOP: Gov. Mitt Romney is currently positioned to garner an historic low rate of support among African-American voters. Only two percent of African-American voters in our poll currently support the Romney/Ryan ticket. The data indicate the traits that are pushing African-Americans away from the GOP, including the perception that too many Republican leaders seem "hostile to minorities." Even where significant percentages of black voters are philosophically in line with traditional Republican Party positions on issues such as same-sex marriage (40% favor/38% oppose), a decline in moral values as biggest obstacle to black advancement (46%), and abortion (51% pro-choice/44% pro-life), these views overwhelmingly do not translate into GOP votes. ENTHUSIASM VS. APATHY: Despite conventional wisdom, black voters are on track to vote in numbers equivalent to 2008. Only 4% say they are less interested in voting in the upcoming election than they were in 2008. 85% say they are following the election closely. HOPE AMIDST DESPAIR: African-American voters are surprisingly optimistic, despite an unemployment rate double that of whites, 69% are optimistic about the economy rebounding in the next 12 months. 77% say the US economy is stabilizing or improving. "IT'S THE COST OF LIVING, STUPID:" The top concern about the economy for black voters is not jobs (21%), but rather salary and wages not keeping pace with the cost of living (38%) and affordable health care (24%). A PRESIDENT FOR ALL AMERICANS: Though a number of prominent African-Americans have called on the President to more explicitly target programs to address black unemployment, the overwhelming majority of black voters accept that he must focus on repairing the national economy and in that way help black Americans (76% vs 14%).
Findings from a survey conducted by brilliant corners Research & Strategies on behalf of BET News. The survey was conducted by telephone using professional interviewers between August 12th and August 19th 2012. The survey reached 800 African American likely voters in 11 battleground states, which included CO, FL, GA, MI, MO, NV, NC, OH, PA, VA & WI. The margin of error on this survey is +/- 3.5%. BET News will use the findings and analysis from the poll as the basis for their LIVE on-air coverage of the RNC and Democratic National Conventions. Titled Black, Red, White and Blue, the poll findings will be given a human face with exclusive video interviews from focus groups representing four cross-sections of black voters in North Carolina and Florida, two key swing states. The 2012 election will be decided in a handful of states, some of which have significant black electorates.
BET News is collaborating with Google to present results of BET News' poll Black, Red, White and Blue via the Google.com/elections page. In addition they will jointly co-sponsor a forum in Charlotte to promote the results and explore the impact of the African American electorate in North Carolina. Throughout the election cycle BET News content will be posted on the Google.com/elections site.
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Oh well . . .
96% of the black voters last time wasn’t enough....*smiles*
Let the slaves be slaves.
I’m shocked, shocked I tell you.
What happenned to those Black Preachers who spoke out against Obama’s gay Marraige stand?
Unreal. They worship this con man like Chaka Zulu
If they won’t leave the democrat plantation, that’s not the Republicans fault.
We’ll see in November.
I’m not buying this gibberish.
Most of them are trolls that try to scare people. It won’t work.
Well here’s the way O, Ax, Valerie and Rahm operate (Chicago Way). If a gicen spoecial interest gripu did not vote for you before, F-em. Witness no disaster relief for states like Kentucky or Oklahoma, but the WH fall all over itself for blue or swing states. So if a special interest group (e.g. Blacks) votes 96% against you, then they have no grounds to whine about GOP not particularly giving a damn about them. Tough tu-tu.
And this is news because...???
Amen to that!
The natural and all too predictable results of 52 years (at least) of identity politics.
Sucks to be black and have these yahoos speaking for you!
You’re right. But we have to keep the electorate informed about their trollism. (Is there such a word?) Don’t want people getting the wrong idea that the trolls are right.
No way the GOP does worse with the blacks than they did last time.
That’s what I’ve been doing. When I spot one, it’s easy to challenge them. They never answer.
Bull ka ka....Just say “ gay marriage”.
So who are the racists here? Is not racism looking at issues through the single prism of skin color or ethnicity? Was it racist of me for giving money to non-Caucasian candidates over the years? According to these advocates, no matter what I do, if I vote for anyone other than a race panderer, I am racist. NO I AM NOT, these people ARE!
Our Dear Leader will still probably get 96% of the black vote, but overall it’ll be a much smaller number. I don’t expect many to crossover and vote Republican, they just won’t vote.
As for white voters, our Dear Leader is losing them in droves. He and his team know he’s in real trouble.
I foreseen the brother man staying home in droves. The blush is off the peach. They got their guy in, in 08. They are probably worse off economically. They won’t vote against him. But I foresee absenteeism this November
For those who do not want to take responsibility, Obama is nothing but a meal ticket. This is his plan, take more from the poor and make it less likely they succeed thus assuring their dependence on him. He is the ultimate slave owner. Problem is, he puts the entire country in chains to implement his plan.
Blacks are going to vote for Obama???
Hell. we all knew that long ago.
If you painted a portable toilet black and ran it as a Democrat they would vote for it.
Unreal. They worship this con man like Chaka Zulu
With all due respect, blacks do not worship Obama. They worship Black. In this case they only worship half-black, but it is the best they have right now.
No surprise there.
In other words, Mitt probably won't lose by any more than McCain did among this group. They can do no more damage than they already have.
None dare call it what it is: racism.
Obama has done so much to get the black vote.
Many more than usual are going to stay home this year.
Viacommie survey gets Comedy Central/LOGO styled results.
The black community does NOT stand with Obama and the Democrats on same sex marriage.