WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Support from Black men voters have declined for every presidential election, from the time of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama to current nominee Joe Biden, the NBC News poll found.
- Biden obtained 80 percent votes from Black men, slightly lower than Hillary Clinton with 82 percent (in 2016) but significantly lower versus Barack Obama’s 95 percent (in 2008) and 87 percent (in 2012).
- Trump got fair support from Black men voters in this year’s election.
According to an NBC News poll of early and Election Day voting, Black men voters continued to decline for the Democratic presidential candidate.
Joe Biden obtained 80 percent votes from Black men, a little lower than Hilary Clinton’s 82 percent in 2016. Barack Obama, though, was able to gain 95 percent of Black male voters and 96 percent Black female voters in 2008. Then in 2012, support from Black males slipped to 87 percent while Black women were steady at 86 percent.
In 2016, Hillary Clinton’s level of support from Black men declined to 82 percent while Black women were still high at 94 percent. In this year’s election, Biden was able to secure 91 percent support from Black women.
Little by little, Black women’s support for Democratic presidential nominees in recent elections was also decreasing. The former vice president, fortunately, still enjoyed securing almost all votes from Black women.
Apparently, as President Donald Trump raced to the White House, few Black men groups have his back. About 52 percent of Black men, identifying themselves as conservatives, picked Trump. In the midwest, about 1 out of 3 Black men voted for the incumbent president.
The poll showed a correlation between education and this year’s voting pattern for Black men. Around 26 percent of Black men who had obtained at least a high school diploma supported the president. About 22 percent of the group who had bachelor’s degrees and 20 percent who had post bachelor’s voted also for Trump.
In the final stretch of the campaign, Biden visited Philadelphia and joined “souls to the polls” events in Black communities. For her part, Senator Kamala Harris, reached out to Black voters in Atlanta as well as to the suburbs to “honor the ancestors” through casting their votes for the Democrats. Should she win, Harris would hold the title as the first Black and first woman vice president.
Democrat election victories essentially needed strong support from Black-populated cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, and Philadephia.
Trump, meanwhile, secured unusual support from the Black community with endorsements from rappers such as Lil Wayne, and an alliance with entertainer Ice Cube.