WASHINGTON (TND) — Tim Scott, the Senate's only Black Republican, has officially announced his 2024 presidential run. At the same time, it appears Black voters are softening their support for President Joe Biden.
I’m actually disappointed in Joe for a multitude of reasons, simply because I thought he was going to do more," Destiny Humphreys told the Associated Press.
Black voters said the economy and President Joe Biden's age are factors in their waning support of the president. An ABC News/Washington Post poll conducted interviews over the phone with 1,006 adults, 900 of which were registered voters.
Black voters are a core group for Democrats and the president’s rating with them is 52%, which is down from 82% when he first took office. Meanwhile, 27% of Black people say they would definitely or probably vote for former President Donald Trump and 12% of Black people voted for him in 2020.
From empowering parents dealing with the border crisis, inflation issues. So yes, I do believe that Republicans will be more attractive to Black Americans," said Republican strategist Deana Bass Williams.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recently issued a travel advisory calling Florida "openly hostile toward African Americans" because of Gov. Ron DeSantis' "aggressive attempts to erase Black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs."
"If the Biden administration actually has a record to stand on, then it is better for them to stand on it rather than to use a historic organization like the NAACP, to do their bidding with this ridiculous political stunt," she said.
As support could be shifting, the president touts his legacy.
With your voices and votes, I was able to fill my commitment to put the first Black woman on the Supreme Court of the United States of America," Biden told Howard University graduates.
A Democratic strategist tells Sinclair, Biden needs more messengers to tout the president's accomplishments for the Black community, including things like funding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
It's clear Black support for Republicans is growing. According to the Associated Press, exit polls show Republican candidates received 14% of the Black vote in the 2022 midterms, compared to 8% in 2018.
Historically, African Americans have been more socially conservative than other Democratic voters. Recent polling shows a significant difference between Black and other voters on issues such as abortion and gender identity.