Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Young Blacks voting for Trump


Echoing recent polling showing Donald Trump is gaining with black voters nationally, it seems that young black voters are growing ever more skeptical of Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton.
The New York Times Reports:

Young African-Americans, like all voters their age, are typically far harder to drive to the polls than middle-aged and older Americans. Yet with just over two months until Election Day, many Democrats are expressing alarm at the lack of enthusiasm, and in some cases outright resistance, some black millennials feel toward Mrs. Clinton.
Their skepticism is rooted in a deep discomfort with the political establishment that they believe the 68-year-old former first lady and secretary of state represents. They share a lingering mistrust of Mrs. Clinton and her husband over criminal justice issues. They are demanding more from politicians as part of a new, confrontational wave of black activism that has arisen in response to police killings of unarmed African-Americans.
This isn't the first time young black support of Hillary Clinton has been questioned, as The New York Times also points out in this piece:
Adding to the worries is a separate poll of African-Americans that Mr. Belcher conducted earlier in the summer indicating that Mrs. Clinton is lagging well behind Mr. Obama’s performance among young blacks in a handful of crucial states.
In Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, 70 percent of African-Americans under 35 said they were backing Mrs. Clinton, 8 percent indicated support for Mr. Trump and 18 percent said they were backing another candidate or did not know whom they would support. In 2012, Mr. Obama won 92 percent of black voters under 45 nationally, according to exit polling.
This past week has certainly been a thorn in the side of Democrats, specifically Hillary Clinton. But at this point, it's time to be in full on panic mode if you're in the Clinton camp.
The black community is clearly waking up, and these numbers aren't going to improve any time soon.
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