07 Nov 2011 3:45 PM
NBC NEWS/WSJ/THEGRIO.COM POLL SHOWS AFRICAN AMERICANS HAVE NOT ABANDONED PRESIDENT OBAMA, HOLD NEGATIVE VIEWS OF HERMAN CAIN
Data also shows African Americans are more enthusiastic about voting in 2012 but believe the Obama administration has fallen short of expectations when it comes to improving oversight of Wall Street
NEW YORK, NY—November 7, 2011—A new poll released today by NBC News/WSJ/theGrio.com dispels the idea that African Americans have abandoned President Obama, with 91% of respondents approving of his job as President, 86% approving his handling of the economy and 85% approving his handling of foreign policy.
More data from African American respondents shows the following:
- 49% of African Americans think the nation is headed in the right direction
- 59% of African Americans are more enthusiastic about voting in 2012 than they were in 2008
- African Americans would vote for Obama over Cain 93% to 6%
- 26% of African Americans think Herman Cain’s race will play a negative role in his ability to win the Republican presidential election, 48% responding that his race will not play a role
- 90% of African Americans would probably vote for President Obama if he runs for re-election vs. 3% who would probably vote for the Republican candidate
- The majority of African Americans feel that the Obama administration has lived up to expectations when it comes to the war in Iraq (81%), improving America’s image around the word (80%), the war in Afghanistan (74%), healthcare (62%) and standing up to big business and special interests (53%)
-However, the majority of African Americans (56%) feel like Obama has fallen short on improving oversight of Wall Street and the banks
- When it comes to dealing with the problems facing America, 57% of African American respondents feel a great deal of blame lies with the Republicans in Congress for not finding solutions
- 45% of African Americans feel that the Tea Party movement has been a bad thing for the American political system; while 35% believe the Occupy Wall Street movement has been a good thing (44% saying it has made not much difference)
- When asked about the economic recession, 62% of African Americans think the worst is behind us
- The majority of African Americans worry about jobs, with healthcare and the cost of higher education following respectively
- 49% of African Americans feel that race relations in the United States are fairly good, with 16% responding that things have gotten better since Obama has been president and 64% saying it has stayed the same
This is the first time theGrio.com has partnered with NBC News and WSJ on a poll, contributing questions that target race issues and the upcoming election. For more in-depth analysis on the recent poll results, visit www.thegrio.com. For more on the general NBC News/WSJ poll, visit www.firstread.msnbc.com. David Wilson is the executive editor and Joy-Ann Reid is managing editor of theGrio.com.
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