CNN’s Poppy Harlow and an assembled panel were visibly stunned when reacting to a new poll that highlights former President Donald Trump’s growing approval rating among black voters.
The panel was reacting to a fresh New York Times/Siena College poll that found Trump leading President Biden in four of five swing states. The poll also highlighted a massive confidence gap in terms of ability to handle the economy, with an overwhelming majority of voters preferring the former president.
Another troubling number for President Biden’s re-election chances was his approval rating among Black voters. The poll found that 22 percent of black voters favor Trump, a massive spike from the 2020 election, when he secured just 10 percent of the black vote.
“Twenty-two percent of black voters behind Trump. That is not seen in the modern era for a Republican frontrunner, right?” CNN’s Harlow said in response to the survey.
“It’s startling,” added CNN analyst Natasha Alford. “I looked at the Democratic response, Kevin Munoz, the spokesman for Biden, and this idea that, you know, we have a year. We can turn things around.”
“I think you have to look at this being a challenge from the very beginning, right?” she continued. “Black voters from the very beginning were saying that, ‘We will help you get Joe Biden into office, but, you know, this is not necessarily our preference.’ This was about democracy and saving democracy, and so here we are a year later. He has not been able to change their impression.”
She proceeded to point to a number of economic factors, including home ownership, rising costs of living and lack of wage growth. ” So ‘Bidenomics,’ all of the things that Biden has done to try to connect, it’s not connecting with this group,” Alford said.
The new poll is not the first indicator of President Biden’s slipping approval rating among black voters. According to an ABC poll conducted earlier this year, the president’s approval rating among the key demographic is down by a net of 35 percentage points.