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Ominous new Gallup findings for Democrats: Blacks still love Obama, others not so much

Democrat president Barack Obama greeting presidents of Black Colleges and universities at White House 9-13-10

The good news for President Obama is his popular support among blacks is holding steady at 91%.

The bad news is no other group of potential voters likes him that much.

In fact, 29 days before his first midterm elections, the Democrat's approval ratings remain mired below 50%.

A new Gallup Poll this morning finds his approval rating for September was 45%, almost the same as August's 44%. Obama's not exceeded the crucial 50% level in a single month so far this year.

Since Obama's name is not on any ballot Nov. 2, the proportions of Americans who like or dislike the fellow on Oct. 1 of a midterm election year shouldn't matter, in theory. However, history indicates otherwise.

Presidents with approval ratings below 50% at midterm time see their party suffer substantial losses in its congressional membership, regardless of how much explaining and blaming the president attempts in the campaign leading up to what becomes, in effect, a referendum on the president.

And since Democrats currently hold substantial majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives, they have substantially more seats to lose. A switch of 39 House and 10 Senate seats would give control of both houses to the Republicans for the first time since they lost it in 2007.

Democrats (79%) and liberals (75%) still like Obama a lot.

But after that, his approval percentage goes to the deep south. Support among even young people is down: 57%. Hispanics: 55%. Moderates: 54%. Unmarrieds: 53%. Easterners: 52%. Women: 47%. Midwesterners and Westerners: 45%.

Men: 43%. Southerners: 41%. Independents: 40%. Marrieds: 39%. Seniors: 38%. Whites: 36%. Conservatives: 23%.

Amazingly, among Republicans Obama still manages to hold the support of 12%.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Wow, I see why Cali is f'd, if judged by all the pinheads here.

Obama has a 79% approval rating among Democrats, so why act like 91% of blacks is a big deal? At the end of his presidency, Bill Clinton had a 90+ approval rating among blacks as well.

Racist rednecks are ALWAYS looking for an angle to call OTHERS racist. Pathetic.

Listen up! To those people out there who feel that ALL black people voted for Obama because he was black, stop that way of thinking. A lot of blacks did vote for him for that reason but not ALL. If that were true we would have had Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton as president so far. Lynn Swann would have been the first black governor of Pennsylvania if that were so true. I am black and basically voted for the lessor of the evils. During the Bush era I saw the direction the US was going and how it was affecting my household. I did not want more Bush policies to continue in the white house so I was looking for a new directions....well just like most politicians in the Washington I was shammed. I still see some "Bush policies with a few tweaks however I feel more needs to be done to boost the economy. I will say that Obama did get a lot accomplished like he said he would but there still needs to be more work. He needs to sell to the public a lil better with his recent accomplishments and I also feel that the republicans need to sell there policies a lil better too and maybe I can come to some better decision come November.

Most likely the rednecks posting here are the same whites that would NEVER even CONSIDER voting for a black man for any office. Of course, being the slithering hypocrites you are, you scream "racist" at blacks who do the same.

Our country is hosed thanks to the idiot racist rednecks of our country.

Even before Andrew Young was voted in as mayor and Congressman, white majorities have voted blacks into major federal, state, and local offices. White majority Republicans would have voted for Colin Powell or Condoleezza Rice for President. Sure, there are a few white racists out there, but the overwhelming majority of whites are not racists and when they walk into a voting booth where no one is watching, they vote on issues – not color. They don’t care about race. But let’s face it, when the choices are a white or a black candidate, blacks vote for blacks based on race. So who are the racists? Why won’t a respected black citizen stand up and say, “Stop voting based on race.” As long as Democrats keep the race issue alive, blacks will always think they have to vote black for “their own” benefit, not what is good for the nation. This is all very sad. So very sad.

For most blacks, race is everything. This is racial solidarity in action. They're even worse than Hispanics who are also solidly Democrat.

Most right-wing whites refuse to accept the fact that there are more non-working WHITE people on welfare than blacks. They seem to think every welfare recipient is a minority. To think otherwise tarnishes their fantasy of white supremacy.

Why shouldn't blacks - or ANY true Americans - like Obama? He's single-handledly averted the second Great Depression with absolutely NO help from the GOP.

Had a Repubican accomplished such a feat, the RNC would already be commissioning a sculptor to add his image to Mount Rushmore.

What? Those rascally whites must all be racist. I bet Eric Holder wouldn't hesitate to prosecute every one of them, idiot that he is.

The saddest thing to me is that after Obama's election race relations have deteriorated to a level that existed 20 years ago. Obama was elected by white people and then he, and his, administration started making racist/anti white comments, ie the Cambridge policeman acted stupidly, dropping the charges against the new black panthers, etc. Also, anyone saying anything critical of Obama has been called racist. I'm not sure how to repair the damage that has been done.

Blacks vote democrat around 90% of the time. So, it should not come as a surprise that they vote for/support a black democrat.

Unemployment was higher under Reagan (10.8 percent in 1983). Yet he cruised to a second term in 1984. Who can possibly beat Obama in 2012? He will easily destroy ANY candidate the GOP throws at him.

Do the numbers. Obama is out in 2012.

Actually 91% represents a downward slide from the 97 to 98% black bias Obama enjoyed in the Nov 2008 election. As votes based solely on race are shed and voting on policies resumes, the 91% black support shows an expected slide back to the 80% black vote any democrat presidential normally receives.

In Nov 2008, the nearly 18 point upward shift in the black vote for Obama, coupled with the fact that blacks comprise 16% of the total US population, is almost solely responsible for the 4 point winning advantage by Obama over McCain.

Supporting a candidate simply because he's black is just as racist as supporting a candidate because he's the white guy.

Are most African Americans supporting Obama because of the color of his skin? Is this the only criteria? I would like to think not, but these polls and other opinions seem to point otherwise... To support a president because of the color or his skin is as bad as not supporting him for the same reason. Clearly all races supported him when he was running for president as he claimed 53% of the popular vote. So it cannot be a race issue for whites / hispanics / asians / etc.; it must be a performance-based assessment for all other races. Unless African Americans have somehow been helped by Obama policy more than any other race, there is no justification...or a least shouldn't be any justification.

Not to worry as the black population in the United States is only about 13% and they too will be incarcerated if this idiot ever gets control of the country. Besides, how smart can they be as they are in favor of a white man with tan skin. Hell Sharpton said at the inset that he wasnt black enough

I am not suprised at this polling in that blacks are still in love with one of there own. hey it is the first time they have ever had one of there so called own in office but what they do not fully understand he is not truely BLACK. He is white/ black or of color from Kenya. I jusst wished people of darker skin color would get some getter understanding of this man and really take a long look at him and really see if this guy is really what is best form them and for their cu;tures and needs. I makes me so sad when people like Jesse Jakson and other like his ilk use other people of color to keep themselves in leaadership position. UGH! I would not look up to say a hispanic person just cause they are hispanic if I think they are not doing crap for me . I do not understand this crazyness. Why is this going on. RACISM on their part??

Hmmm very interesting

Am I missing something here ? If 91% of whites in this country were unhappy with Obama, you folks would be trumpeting that it was racial bias against a black president causing this lopsided discrepancy. When 91% of blacks approve of the job Obama is doing in spite of the fact that this man will knock Jimmy Carter out his longheld position as the worst president in US history,you have no issue with that. Is there no end to your hypocrisy over there at the LA Times.

This goes to show that Blacks in this country are simply stupid. Their Leader is bleeding us all to death and they still support him. Do they think that only whities are gonna pay for his Marxist agenda?

Blacks, hear me out: don't be stupid. When you head to the supermarket, you are paying for your beloved Leader's utopia too.

If Black Americans cared one bit about a 40% unemployment rate among young black men, they would never vote for Obama or the socialist democrats again.
Obama has done absolutely nothing but exacerbate the situation.

The fact that black people support him is not a shock . . . the fact that ANYBODY ELSE with a brain and an inkling of what this country is about even give him a whiff of support is still amazing. This man and his randy band of commies, misfits, America-haters and derelict ne'er do well intellectual glitterati he surrounds himself with are the most repulsive example of what happens in a free society that loses touch with standards and fundamentals. This man won because he "talks pretty" and looks nice in an expensive suit . . . the American Idolatorization of our politics is complete. People look at this as a beauty contest or a simple horserace without real consequences because they fail to understand the theory, reality and application of the very basic and competing political ideals at play . . . naive children always take the candy (or bait) . . . numbskull voters fell for his lies and deceptions as proffered by the Mainstream media, Hollywood and the ruling class elites from the left.

We can't forget this one...

She thinks because Obama won, he's gonna pay her mortgage and gas.

1. When/why did Barry Soetoro change his name to Barack Hussein Obama?
2. Why has he paid a team of lawyers millions of dollars to hide his medical records, college transcripts and birth certificate?
3. How did Barry Soetoro travel to Pakistan in 1981 when it was illegal for US Citizens to do so with a US Passport? What passport did he have? An Indonesian one? You had a be an Indonesian citizen to get one of those.

On November 2, vote all Democrats out. Get your country back on track!

I disagree with most - I believe the black community is hopelessly tethered to the democrat party. If the election had been between John Kerry as the (D) and Alan Keyes (a conservative black) as the (R), I believe they would have still handed about 90% to the dems.

Huh? You guys in the MSM are just figuring this out? 91% of Black people would vote for Satan if he were black and running for elected office.....that's how warped the majority of the black community is! Obama will bring them pain and misery and they (91%) will love him for it. Regardless, blacks only make up 12-13% of the U.S. population, so, on their own merit.....they could never determine an election outcome by themselves. Heck they can't even do it with latino's. Even put together, they make up less then 30% of the population, the rest is white at 68% and 2% for others. Although desturbing, if not predictable, the problem isn't 91% of the black voting bloc. The real problem is the 36% of whites (twice the amount of black voters in the country) that voted for Obummer. That 36% are the ones that we need to expose and publicly shame. The black voting bloc is irrelavant by itself.

These poll numbers indicate how naive/stupid/uninformed a large portion of the population is. If so many people weren't naive/stupid/uninformed, his popularity would be a hell of a lot lower.

the Blacks they are polling arent educated on baracks agenda. If they were , they wouldnt vote for him.Most of the uneducated arent taking the time to learn, and are voting on color.

Voting for someone just because they are black is just as racist as not voting for someone because they are black. You've been exposed.. We know where the real racism lies.. I'd just like to know what they approve of specifically? They approve of him because the notion of a black man failing can't ever happen. Obozo is a cancer to real America..

Makes it easier to understand Guyana and Jim Jones. Why always looking for that Messiah, that guy who promises he's going to get even for you? Why not just drop the racist drivel and join humankind? Its history isn't great, but investing your and your kids' future into some kind of getting even for past wrongs relegates us to a future of infighting, envy, and theft in the name of "fairness".

Let me start out my coment by defining myself. Although I don't like labels (to me we are all Americans), push come to shove, I'd fall under the category of latino. I'm a caucasian latino conservative who traditionally votes Republican (yes Harry, they do exist). While the GOP candidates fall short of what I'd consider ideal, they come a hell of a lot closer than the Democrats. In my estimation, President Obama and his political agenda have widened the chasm between the two parties even wider. I am not going to say that there isn't an element out there that did not vote for Obama because of race, but in my heart I do believe that the majority of Americans that didn't vote for Obama and did so because, among other things, they looked at his congressional record (or lack of it), lack of experience and what he sold himself to be about, did not resonate well with them.

Why would 97% of all blacks vote for him and 91% of them still think he's doing a great job when his presidency has been disasterous? One word- "Racist". But in their defense, it's actually ignorant racism because they think he is black. In reality he is a honky/arab.

No, they aren't biased? Anyone surprised?

For all of you liberal idiots out there who try telling us Blacks can't be prejiduced, the truth is in. 91% of the Black population is biased. Anybody who can look at Obama's record and still want him on office are either prejudiced or stupid. Obama hasn't accomplished one positive thing for America. Obama has tripled the debt, raised unemployment to 10% and still increasing, removed billions from private sector eliminating future business growth. Obama destroyed the US Auto Industry, Obama destroyed the Banking industry, destrying the US Health Care System, Obama refuses to enforce Federal Immigration law which is a Constitutional Violation Obama has sided with Illegal Mexicans over Americans under attack and has threatened Arizona Sheriffs and on an on. No president in history has been this much of a disaster.

I fail to see where any political party helps black people in general terms. I do see however many blacl people who are helped by their own hard work, honesty, and general ability to get the job done. I do believe that making anyone dependent on anyone else is a form of keeping that person in a place where they have less options that they may need to feel like a whole person. This is not intended for those who cannot provide for themselves, but the people who have given up becuase the odds seem so stacked against them. We need a different kind of help for those folks.

"""Amazingly, among Republicans Obama still manages to hold the support of 12%."""

Oh, please.

I'm impressed with 91%. I thought it was more like 97%. They're a lot smarter than I gave them credit.

Funny, 91% of blacks are not registered democrats, how racist black people are, they support obama simply because hes black, racist blacks!

Only some of the blacks are racist. The rest are just marxist.

So we've always heard if you don't like or don't agree with Obama, you're a racist. I'm sure no one is surprised that 64%+ of white people are racist, but the surprising thing here is 9% of black people are apparently racists against black people. Strange.

Redistribution of wealth and His Marxist Jerimiah Wright false gospel of black activism at work here.
Just another shake down artist like Sharpton and Jesse Jackson ,but a skilled liar.

The finding of this poll is not so much about Obama's race as it is about his political party. Black American's have been voting en masse for the Democratic Party since L.B. Johnson. If we look back on history, it's actually the Republican Party that has done the most to advance the interests of the black community but it seems these facts have either been lost or distorted over the years. Sadly, based on the monolithic voting patterns of Blacks for the DNC, it seems most have bought into the sack of lies the DNC has to offer. Democrats have been running our inner-cities for the past 30-40 years, and yet, blacks are still suffering from the same problems that afflicted them since the “war” began. Over $7 trillion dollars have been spent on poverty programs since President Lyndon Johnson’s supposed "War on Poverty" with little, if any, actual impact or upward mobility for blacks in these communities. Like a broken record, every election cycle the Democrats blame Republicans for the deplorable conditions despite no measurable progress from their own policies after all these years of the same approach. I would encourage blacks to rise up against the strangle hold the DNC has over them and see if perhaps, a new approach might deliver better results!

Having read a lot of these comments, I realize Barry/rock has accomplished one of his goals. He has united us in disdain. I know I could give a damn what color he is. Maybe the blacks quoted in the article don't care either. They usually go about 91% demo anyway, don't they?

The reason he is popular among blacks is because people vote color not for what he's doing in Washington.

Note who the admired heroes of Black America are? The people they elect over and over? The celebrities they hold up as role models? Remember Obama praising Lil' Wayne? If a turd could sing, would you want to be one?

Obama is just another black leader using black people for his own selfish purposes and discarding them when he is through. He is even hypocritical when it comes to black liberation theology and Rev. Wright, although he may still think he is doing right by Wright. Obama is only concerned about Obama. Period.

Quote from article: "Amazingly, among Republicans Obama still manages to hold the support of 12%."

No wonder Republicans are in trouble. This is exactly the impetus of Tea party competion with the traditional Republican establishment party: democrate lite.

Conservatives in America want the Republican party to be consistent with conservatism. Reduce that 12% to manageable proportions 2% ? and the Republican party might get something done.

The 36% of whites are Socialists and the 91% blacks are colored blind.

....So, what is more racist, a minority of Whites who voted against Obama because he is Black (actually only half Black, so I guess he could be equally proclaimed White) or the majority of Blacks who voted for him only on the basis he is perceived Black?

....Ah Racism, how so many colors you come in....

Whats the surprise here.... O.J. Simpson...Marion Barry.... Barry predictable as the sun coming up. Obama was and is always about REPARATIONS.... Call it what you like, "Social Justice"...."Reditribution of Wealth" It's all the same thing. He knew he can't sell it as reparations but change the name and progressive liberals will bite.
Problem is you have to Take from one person dubiously responsible for the problem and give to another supposed victim. This generates tremendous resentment from the "donor" and solves nothing. And it generates a culture of dependency in the recipient. Now... don't believe those progressives, who are very smart, don't get this. They get it and use it as the basis of their Power.

This article is misleading, as I recall only 40% of white Americans voted for Obama in 2008. If the president now only gets 36% white support that could mean that he has loss only 4% of the white support.

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