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Donald Trump only has 1 percent support among black voters

Is anyone really surprised?


Alexandra Samuels


Published Jun 30, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 12:46 pm CDT

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is seriously lacking when it comes to gaining the minority vote. 

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According to a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday, Trump has only 1 percent support among black voters, compared to the 91 percent that say they back presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton

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Despite his promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump earned 33 percent of Hispanic voter support, while Clinton earned 50 percent. The main Trump supporters seem to be white men, however. While 56 percent of them supported the GOP nominee, only 25 percent want Clinton. Trump is also beating Clinton with voters between the ages of 50-64 years old, and older than 65.

“You’re not going to find a lot of black people who openly support Donald Trump,” Pastor Mark Burns, an African-American preacher from South Carolina who supports Trump, told the New York Daily News. “If they openly supported Donald Trump, they’d get viciously attacked within their own community.”

Historically, Democrats tend to win black voters. However, GOP candidates tend to do better than Trump’s current numbers. According to Time, Mitt Romney won 6 percent of the black vote in 2012, John McCain won 4 percent in 2008, and George W. Bush won 11 percent in 2004.

The poll also shows Clinton leads with 42 percentage points over Trump’s 40 points, which compares to the results of a June 1 national poll that showed Clinton beating Trump 45-41. 

While Clinton is still leading by a small margin, these numbers are too close to call, as many American voters say neither candidate would be a good president.

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“The 2016 election has increased the level of hatred and prejudice in the U.S.,” the poll reads. 

“It would be difficult to imagine a less flattering from-the-gut reaction to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. 

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*First Published: Jun 30, 2016, 5:41 pm CDT