For at least the last year, the black community has teetered and tottered on the topic of whether President Obama has done enough for the black community during his first term. The majority of blacks approve of Obama’s performance, while some, such as Dr. Cornel West, believe that Obama has largely ignored poor people, a disproportionate number of which are black.
President Barack Obama ends four days of travel Wednesday with a speech to the National Urban League that will seek to energize the African-American base for his re-election bid in November.
A new report by the group’s policy institute warns that low turnout by African-American voters, who overwhelmingly supported Obama in 2008, could hurt his chances this time in the battleground states of Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio.
“African-American voters tipped the outcome of the 2008 presidential election in several key states, and are poised to do so again in 2012,” said the report titled “The Hidden Swing Voters: Impact of African-Americans in 2012” by Madura Wijewardena and Valerie Wilson.
“How this will manifest will depend on many things, but one important factor will be whether the extraordinary growth in turnout by African-American voters in 2008 will be replicated in 2012,” the report continued. “The 2008 voter turnout rate was driven by historic factors that may not necessarily apply in 2012.”
According to Gallup, President Obama’s approval rating stands at 89 percent among black voters. That’s down from 95 percent in 2008.