African Americans appear to be cooling their support for President Obama, with “strongly favorable” views of the president dropping dramatically from 83 percent five months ago to 58 percent today, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows.
The drop in support among black voters mirrors the declining support for Obama among all groups.
While the African-American community has lessened the intensity of its support, its overall favorability towards Obama remains extremely high. Indeed, 86 percent of black voters say that they view the president at least “somewhat favorably.”
The jobless rate for African-Americans has been substantially higher than for the rest of America. In August, unemployment for the community jumped 0.8 month from the previous month to 16.7 percent. The unemployment rate for America overall is 9.1 percent.
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