Biden can blame himself for loss of Black support

Star Parker
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Star Parker

Founder & President, Center for Urban Renewal and Education
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When President Biden took office, the Black community stood strongly behind him, but things have changed. Just look at the data.

A new report from Pew Research shows that the sharpest drop in approval for President Biden is among Black protestants.  

In March 2021, shortly after he took office, President Biden’s support among African American protestants stood at 92 percent. By January 2022 this was down to 65%, a drop of 27 points.

Why the sea change? Blacks are dissatisfied with the leadership in Washington, D.C. for two main reasons. First, inflation is at a 40-year high with prices spiking nearly 8%.

The president and his Federal Reserve chairman bear responsibility for the new round of inflation now disrupting American lives, and especially those at the lower end of the economic scale.

A Gallup poll in December showed that 71% of households earning $40,000 per year or less reported hardship as result of these price increases, 28% reported “severe hardship”, and 42% reported “moderate hardship.”  

These are households that are disproportionately African American households. 

COVID is the second reason Blacks are dismayed with President Biden.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, after adjusting for age differences, the incidence of hospitalizations due to COVID have been almost three times higher among Blacks than whites. And the incidence of death – almost twice as high.

A new Gallup survey showed 69% of African Americans reporting being “very stressed” or “somewhat stressed” because of a threat of COVID infection, compared to 57% of white Americans. 

Morning Consult reported that in the three weeks following Biden’s announcement of these federal rules mandating vaccines, Black approval for Biden’s handling of the crisis dropped 9 points, from 70% to 61%. Among unvaccinated African Americans? Biden’s net approval dropped 17 points.

One might say that the Biden administration has been just totally operating in a fashion detached from the very real and challenging realities in which African Americans have been struggling.

A new report from Pew Research shows that the sharpest drop in approval for President Biden is among Black protestants.  

In March 2021, shortly after he took office, President Biden’s support among African American protestants stood at 92 percent. By January 2022 this was down to 65%, a drop of 27 points.

Other polls among all black voters tell the same story.  

An NBC poll showed Black approval for Biden dropping from 83% last April to 64% now.  

Democrat strategists must be worried that a sea-change is occurring among voters on whom they could always most depend.

Trying to define some new grand reality is always a dangerous game in political analysis and sometimes both Republicans and Democrats get it wrong. But what we can do is note two major areas of great concern to African Americans where they have reason to be dissatisfied with the leadership they see in Washington, D.C.

One is inflation.  

The president and his Federal Reserve chairman bear responsibility for the new round of inflation now disrupting American lives, and especially those at the lower end of the economic scale.

The Wall Street Journal recently noted in an editorial that the now 7.5 percent increase in the price level is the worst in 40 years.  During January some 73% of items saw annual price increases of 3% or more and some 55% of items saw inflation of 5% or higher.

It’s getting pretty tough out there, especially at the gas pump as well as the grocery store.

A Gallup poll in December showed that 71% of households earning $40,000 per year or less reported hardship as result of these price increases – 28% reported “severe hardship” and 42% reported “moderate hardship.”  

These are households that are disproportionately African-American households.  Some 55 percent of Black households earn $50,000 or less.

The terrible irony is that the major rationale for all the spending of the Biden administration, it was allegedly to help the very low-income Americans that are now being really hurt by the Biden policies.

The other issue Blacks are dismayed with President Biden is COVID.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, after adjusting for age differences, the incidence of hospitalizations due to COVID have been almost three times higher among Blacks than whites. And the incidence of death – almost twice as high.

A new Gallup survey showed 69 percent of African Americans reporting being “very stressed” or “somewhat stressed” because of a threat of COVID infection, compared to 57 percent of white Americans. 

Morning Consult reported that in the three weeks following Biden’s announcement of these federal rules mandating vaccines, Black approval for Biden’s handling of the crisis dropped 9 points – from 70 percent to 61 percent. Among unvaccinated African Americans? Biden’s net approval dropped 17 points.

One might say that the Biden administration has been just totally operating in a fashion detached from the very real and challenging realities in which African Americans have been struggling. These are real problems for real people, and DC just seems to be way out of touch.

Day to day life and the cost of living, and health concerns during the terrible pandemic are good reasons to believe that this is what’s causing Biden’s approval ratings to plummet with African Americans.

The open question is which way they will vote about these concerns come November?


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