Surprise! Trump Polls a Dazzling Zero Percent Among Black Voters in These Two Swing States
Polls are a hotly contested area of study among political writers; it’s often difficult to parse which numbers are real and which are misleading or downright inaccurate. Such is probably not the case with the latest Wall Street Journal, NBC, Marist poll out Wednesday, which basically affirms one undeniable truth: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a problem with African Americans. Such a problem, in fact, that he's polling an impressive zero percent among black voters in Ohio and Pennsylvania.
In Ohio, Democratic rival Hillary Clinton leads Trump 88 percent to zero among registered black voters. And in Pennsylvania, the former Secretary of State is polling 91 percent among blacks, while Trump, once again, is at zero percent. Among white voters, the race is significantly closer; Trump beats Clinton 43 percent to 33 percent among in Ohio, while in Pennsylvania the candidates are in a dead heat. The Republican candidate still bests Clinton among white voters without a college degree.
The polling comes as both candidates turn their attention to race relations in the United States. Wednesday, Clinton gave an impassioned speech urging everyone, herself included, to “do a better job of listening,” adding the nation’s struggle with race is "far from finished.”
Trump, meanwhile, told Bill O’Reilly Tuesday night he can “relate” to the plight of black Americans because “the system is rigged” against him, too.
Trump’s poll numbers among African Americans aren't really surprising, considering he’s incited violence against black protesters during his rallies, garnered support from Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and peddled neo-Nazi propaganda in several posts on his Twitter account. But hey, we're sure Trump can get the margins he needs by winning all of the uneducated white votes. It's not like the country is more diverse or more educated than ever before (except, of course, it is).