(RightIsRight.co) – А growing number of black Americans are abandoning the Democratic Party and are likely to vote Republican in the upcoming midterm elections next month, according to a new public opinion poll.
Eighteen percent of black voters in the United States said they would vote for the Republican Party if the elections were held today, the survey by The New York Times and Siena College has found.
The poll also showed that more than half – or 52% of black Americans consider the nation “headed in the wrong direction.”
Even though in 2016, as the Republican presidential candidate, President Donald Trump received only 8% of the African-American vote, GOP support among black voters has improved.
In the 2020 election, Trump gathered 12% of the black vote, an improvement of four percentage points.
The NYT/Siena survey cited by The Daily Caller reaffirmed economic concerns as the top issues for the voters participating in the 2022 midterm elections.
22% of black voters declared the state of the US economy to be their primary concern among election issues.
Another 17% emphasized inflation, which has skyrocketed since Democrat President Joe Biden entered the White House almost 21 months ago.
According to The New York Times, the shifting attitudes in favor of the Republican Party among black Americans contribute significantly towards a more substantial shift.
Namely, the fact that American voters overall are now favoring Republican candidates “by more than a two-to-one margin.”
“With inflation unrelenting and the stock market steadily on the decline, the share of like voters who said economic concerns were the most important issues facing America has leaped since July to 44 percent from 36 percent – far higher than any other issue,” The New York Times wrote.
The public opinion survey by The New York Times and Siena College included 792 registered voters nationwide.
The polling was conducted between October 9 and October 12 and had a margin of error of four percentage points.
Since the spring of this year, multiple polls have shown that President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party are rapidly losing ground with key minority groups such as black and Latino/Hispanic voters and younger demographics.
The shift in party preferences among African-American voters is particularly remarkable from a Democrat point of view, considering Biden’s famous quote that blacks who wouldn’t vote for him “ain’t black.”
“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden famously argued in a May 2020 interview.