If Barack Obama loses on November 6, it will be because of a self- inflicted wound that has brought about an erosion of confidence and support for him among his African-American base. The slide in Obama’s support within his most solid bloc of voters began in May after he announced his support for gay “marriage.”African-American clergy immediately began to demand a clarification of Obama’s latest evolution on the question of same sex marriages. The ministers really only wanted a meeting and a plausible “party line” to sell to their congregations, but they were ignored. They were then humiliated as they had to watch gay community leaders meet with Obama in the White House (some were photographed flipping the bird to a picture of Ronald Reagan).
A Public Policy Polling survey of North Carolina voters in mid-May gave the first indication of the problems Obama had bought for himself when he shunned the black clergy for a few million dollars from the gay community. It found that 20% of North Carolina’s African-American voters intended to vote for Mitt Romney. A few days later, a Gallup survey of Georgia voters found the same 20% of blacks intending to vote for Romney.
During July, a group calling itself the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) again demanded a meeting with Obama, and they too were ignored. CAAP then went to work to destroy Barack Obama; and by all indications, they are succeeding.
In late August, a Mitchell Research & Communications survey of Michigan found that 26% of black Michiganders declared that they were going to vote for Romney. Mitchell reported a drop in Obama’s support among Michigan’s black voters from 92/5 to 73/26 in a ten day period. CAAP’s efforts were taking hold.
Two days ago, a SurveyUSA poll of Ohio voters found that 22% of black likely voters they spoke with intended to vote for Mitt Romney.
Skeptics can say what they will, but the facts remain the same. CAAP is eating into Obama’s African-American support and doing so very effectively.
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