NAACP calls Trump racist after its own poll shows improved black approval rating

NAACP calls Trump racist after its own poll shows improved black approval rating
An NAACP poll shows that President Donald Trump has the highest approval rating among black voters that he's ever had. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

A poll by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People shows that President Donald Trump’s approval rating among black voters is nearly three times higher than the percentage of blacks who voted for him in 2016, but the NAACP said the poll just confirms Trump’s racism.

According to the report accompanying the poll results, Trump’s improved approval rating among black voters doesn’t override the perceived negative impact the president is having on race relations.

“Our analysis shows President Trump’s racism is a major factor in both why and how people will vote in the midterm elections,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson said. “The poll confirms how Trump’s racism has not only divided the nation and polluted policy, but also serves as a key factor in motivating voters of color to disrupt politics as usual on a national scale.”

About Trump’s approval rating

The poll showed Trump’s approval rating among black voters as 21 percent. Trump only earned 8 percent of the black vote during the 2016 election.

His approval among black voters was lower than his rating among all the other polled minority groups: Latinos, Asian Americans and Native Americans.

The poll, conducted for the NAACP by the African American Research Collaborative and Latino Decisions, does appear to carry a noticeable agenda with its line of questioning, which could be considered leading. Some of the questions include:

  • Is Trump setting race relations back?
  • Is Trump racist and intentionally so?
  • Is Trump growing racial divisions?
  • Trump making black people second-class citizens?

What do the results show?

The poll results showed that a majority of black respondents believe Trump is a racist whose policies intend to hurt minorities, that he wants to make black people second-class citizens, that he’s growing racial divisions and setting race relations back.

These, of course, were among the takeaways highlighted on the public report about the poll.

The poll surveyed 2,045 voters in the 61 congressional districts labeled as most competitive by the Cook Political Report, CNN and Crystal Ball.

(H/T Hot Air)