I've long said the notion that black voters' support for President Obama was somehow "wavering" was complete garbage. Certainly the right is trying to sell that idiocy, most notably Dick Morris. But now the NY Times has found that the president's support among the black community continues to be massive and overwhelming.
Outside Washington, however, the story is markedly different. Mr. Obama’s support among African-Americans appears strikingly strong, even among many who are out of work, who might be expected to complain the loudest.
In a recent Pew Research Center poll, black voters preferred Mr. Obama 95 percent to 3 percent over Mitt Romney, “which is at least the margin he got in 2008,” said Michael Dimock, associate director for research at Pew. “There’s no erosion at all.”
Even more noteworthy, less than 10 percent of black voters in a New York Times/CBS News survey taken last month said that Mr. Obama had failed to meet their expectations as president, while nearly 3 in 10 said he had exceeded expectations. Among nonblack voters, 4 in 10 said he performed worse than expected, while only 5 percent said he had done better.
For many African-Americans, the main reason to support Mr. Obama is easy to cite. They argue that the modern Republican Party protects the rich at the expense of the poor, is hostile to social programs and thinks the way to fix the economy is solely through a trickle-down approach.
“We already know what the Republican Party is offering,” said Mr. Bennett, 57, the former Cooper Industries employee, a plant supervisor before he lost his job. “And we don’t want that.”
Mr. Hart said, “Look at the choice we got with those Republicans.”
Sometimes reality is so simple and easily explainable, it absolutely dumbfounds the pundits. It's almost as if the approach by the GOP to assume black voters are "too stupid to know the Democrats are keeping them on the Plantation" is not only completely incorrect (and not to mention absolutely insulting) but that it's backfiring. I'd say that it also meant that the GOP's rancorous stupidity is driving black voters back to the President, but the larger point is we never left him.
The GOP is completely invested in saying otherwise, of course. Almost like they have a healthy fear of people exercising their right to vote.