Posts Tagged ‘vote’

Obama is losing black support: African American unemployment 17%

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

(Examiner.com) According to the O'Reilly Factor, a high unemployment numbers plus heavy home foreclosures are leaving the black community struggling in higher proportions than the rest of the populace. These hard hitting economic woes may be responsible for diminishing President Obama's support among African Americans. In the black community. The latest Gallup poll shows the president is down a whopping 14 points from his once high of 95%.

Amid 17% unemployment for African Americans as well as 11% foreclosures for black homeowners, many think the real surprise is that President Obama's previous astounding 95% black community approval is still a solid 87%. Some of the questions the poll plunge raises include

Why is President Obama losing black voters? Can President Obama win the White House in 2012 with weakened support from the black community?

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Top Republican Strategist Ed Gillespie: GOP Has ‘Sounded Anti-Immigrant’

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

(Huffington Post) Republican strategist Ed Gillespie is pushing hard for the Republican Party to change its attitude toward Hispanics. He's a student of voting data, and the numbers tell a clear story: If Republicans don't make up ground over the next decade with Hispanic voters in the U.S., they are toast.

"If the Republican nominee for president in 2020, which is not many cycles away, gets the same percentage of the Latino, African-American and Asian-American vote that John McCain got in 2008 … our nominee would lose by 14 percentage points in 2020," Gillespie said during an interview in his spacious second-story office, in a row house here about a 15-minute drive from downtown D.C.

Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman and senior White House adviser to George W. Bush, knows the numbers inside out. He recites what has become a mantra: McCain, who lost the 2008 election to President Obama by 7 points, got only 31 percent of the Hispanic vote, down from George W. Bush's take of at least 40 percent in 2004 (some say it was 44 percent).

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