The right wing is jumping for joy after a new Survey USA poll found that 25 percent of black voters would support Donald Trump if he were to become the Republican Party presidential nominee. When President Obama was running for re-election, despite a sputtering economy that was impacting blacks the worst, Mitt Romney was able to muster only 6% of the black vote, according to the Roper Center at the University of Connecticut.
The Gateway Pundit (who has been wrong so many times and engage in the worst kind of race-baiting) is predicting Trump will win by a landslide if he gets 25 percent of the black vote. Other polls show Trump at 3 percent with black voters, so I am wondering about Survey USA’s methodology.
As recently as 1956, nearly 39 percent of blacks voted Republican in that year's presidential election.
Because the Republican Party and black voters typically disagree on education, health care, jobs, war, and other issues, many black voters automatically dismiss Republican candidates. Trump receives 25% of the black vote and beats numerous Democrats in head-to-head matchups. They need to revisit that poll again because donkeys will fly before black voters break for Trump. After the Civil War, Abe Lincoln's Republican Party easily carried the black vote -- where blacks were allowed to vote. They attribute the record black turnout for President Obama’s reelection in 2012 to his being black.


Once faithful members of the Great Emancipator’s party, blacks abandoned it in droves after the Republicans instituted their vaunted Southern strategy to attract Dixiecrats and other white voters who thought the civil rights movement was moving too fast. But in gaining that advantage it has lost black voters who long ago stopped connecting Abraham Lincoln to the GOP. Colin Powell, who has made his support for affirmative action clear, would likely get a sizable portion of the black vote if he ran for president as a Republican.
In fact, University of Cincinnati researchers recently confirmed that the Republican label can hurt black candidates. The organization reports Bush received 11% of the black vote, while in 2000, he received 9%. Most black Americans, except perhaps Omarosa Manigault and a few others, can’t stand the man.
Unwelcome in the Democratic Party, most blacks voted Republican and continued to do so through the early part of the 20th century. They also have the mistaken belief that GOP presidential frontrunner Ben Carson could get beaucoup black votes in a national election because he’s a brother. It’s gotten so bad that blacks who identify as Republicans are often called house Negroes, a derisive term that described slaves who fawned over their masters. Voters in 28 all-black Ohio precincts were mailed postcards with the photos of black candidates.


As a black voter, I would be perfectly happy to support a moderate Republican candidate like John Kasich but certainly not a raving lunatic like Donald Trump. It wasn't until 1948, when 77 percent of the black vote went to Harry Truman, who had desegregated the military, that a majority of blacks identified themselves as Democrats.
But some cards included the words "Endorsed by the Republican Party." The researchers found that black voters who got a card without the Republican identifier were nearly three times more likely to vote for the candidate. Yet, as a percentage of the party, more Republicans voted for the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 than did Democrats.
President Lyndon Johnson called Dirksen "the hero of the nation." The Chicago Defender, then the country's largest black daily newspaper, applauded Dirksen's "generalship" for helping to successfully push through the bill.
Older black voters sometimes explain they're opposed to Republicans because of the "racist" Southern strategy.
Two million pamphlets titled, "'No Comment' Nixon Versus a Candidate With a Heart, Senator Kennedy," were distributed in black churches.



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