African Americans Feel Disrespected By Trump According to Recent Poll
Nearly 80 percent of African Americans disapprove of the job President Donald Trump is doing according to a poll conducted in July by the African American Research Collaborative and Latino Decisions. The report was released Aug. 7 by the NAACP, which commissioned the study.
“The 2016 election was the first election in recent history without the full protection of the Voting Rights Act and we see the consequences,” said Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP. “This year’s elections are important to African Americans and all people of color.”
Black women especially were apprehensive about the president. Eighty-nine percent of African American women surveyed said they felt disrespected by Trump.
While there has been much conversation within the African American community about concerns over the current president’s seemingly racist views, this is the first study that provided quantifiable proof of the serious misgivings Black women have about Trump, according to Ray Block, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Kentucky, who led the poll for the Collaborative.
“We believe that this is the first survey that’s measured disrespect,” Block said.
The survey was designed to provide an overview of voters’ perceptions heading into the critical fall midterm elections. It measured attitudes about President Trump, his impact on U.S. race relations, views on immigrants and immigration, voter mobilization and messaging. Registered voters in 61 highly competitive congressional districts were surveyed. Approximately 2,000 African Americans, Whites, Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islanders and Native Americans responded. The margin of error was +/- 2.1% for the overall survey and +/- 4.8% for the racial and ethnic group subsamples.
The survey also found that 74 percent of Black men also felt disrespected by something the president has said or done. Overall, more than 80 percent of Blacks felt angry, 75 percent felt ashamed and 66 percent felt afraid. Less than a quarter of Blacks surveyed felt respected, proud, hopeful or patriotic, sentiments ranking high among Whites.
More than half of the Black women surveyed said that Trump is a racist who intends to hurt Blacks.
The results speak to the raw emotions that Trump and the Republican Party have stirred up within the African American community specifically, and with all minorities, Johnson said.
The survey also measured Trump’s impact on race relations. More than half of those surveyed agreed that Trump is widening racial divisions and causing a major setback to progress made in recent years by communities of color.
“We believe Trump is taking our progress backward,” Johnson said. “Communities are seeing our relationships with each other crumble.”
But the survey found little impact of Black celebrities who endorse Trump, “and we have evidence it can backfire,” Block said.
Other key findings:
Blacks overwhelmingly are sticking with the Democratic Party, as are a majority of other minority voters. (77% Blacks, 64% Latinos, 63% Asians and 52% Native Americans compared with 41% Whites)
Latinos, more than any racial group, feel that this midterm election season is more important than 2014. (70%)
Most of the voters surveyed had not yet been contacted by any political party or candidate regarding the upcoming elections. (79%)
For the complete survey, go to www.africanamericanresearch.us.