African American voters feel taken advantage of by Democrats and nervous about President Donald Trump’s leadership, according to a national poll conducted for the Congressional Black Caucus.
Black lawmakers discussed the results last week at their retreat in Washington as a guide for the 115th Congress. The results showed African Americans’ dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party, Trump and want more far-reaching programs and policies to improve their communities.
“African Americans are the Democratic Party’s most loyal voters and they should be treated as such,” CBC Chairman Cedric Richmond (D-La.) said. “The results of this survey are clear marching orders for the Congressional Black Caucus – African Americans want Democrats to stop using the same old playbook and to make substantive progress on the issues that affect their communities.”
Black voters, a bedrock constituent of the Democratic Party, are disenchanted, with 63 percent saying they feel taken advantage of. That discontent played out in the 2016 presidential election when African American turnout fell back to 2004 levels – the last cycle before former president Barack Obama’s historic campaign. As a result, the so-called “Obama Coalition” of people of color, young adults and white liberals splintered. African Americans’ perception that Democrats aren’t working to earn their support could pose an issue going into the 2018 mid-term elections. (The Charlotte Post)