New polling indicates things could not get worse for Republican nominee Donald Trump when it comes to the African-American vote. The business mogul has been making appeals to the black community, but his efforts have so far only backfired.
On Aug. 29, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow previewed the results of the latest Public Policy Poll survey. The data indicates that 97 percent of African-American voters have an unfavorable opinion of Trump while 3 percent were undecided.
Zero percent of African-American respondents had a favorable opinion of the GOP nominee.
PPP asked respondents to rate Trump alongside notoriously unpopular fixtures in American culture, such as personal injury lawyers, being stuck in the middle seat on an airplane, junk mail, bedbugs and the bubonic plague.
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Trump scored a lower favorability score than all of them among African-Americans.
This dire polling arrives after Trump has been vocally attempting to court the African-American vote. While on the stump in Des Moines, Iowa, the real estate developer stated that he was the only candidate who could address poverty and crime in the black community, according to CNN.
“They are living in terrible, terrible conditions -- beyond belief conditions ... I will fix it,” Trump told his supporters. “It will be fixed. And I add -- and I add it in all sincerity -- what do you have to lose?”
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Trump ignited controversy after he responded to the shooting death of the cousin of NBA star Dwyane Wade with a tweet.
“Dwyane Wade’s cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago,” Trump tweeted out. “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!”
Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia swiftly blasted Trump for his tweet, stating that sympathy for the Wade family was “the only reaction that is appropriate right now.”
The GOP nominee’s rhetoric towards African-Americans, even when he is attempting to win them over, has largely turned them off.
Demeitrus Williams of Atlanta, Georgia, told The New York Times that he found Trump’s descriptions of the majority of African-Americans living in crime-ridden squalor to be baffling and condescending.
“Who’s he talking about?” Williams said. “I don’t know -- most of the black people I know are educated and live in nice neighborhoods. Everybody in my family is required to have a degree.”
Alexis Scott, a former publisher of The Atlanta Daily World, noted, “I hear him not talking to black people, but talking to white people about black people so they will think he cares about black people.”
Political scientist Matthew B. Platt of Morehouse College stated that he believes Trump is even worse than previous Republican nominees when it comes to addressing the black community.
“Someone like [former President] George W. Bush, to his credit, actually went to black audiences with people who had real connections to black communities,” Platt said. “He actually made those kinds of connections to then filter down to regular black people. Trump is not doing anything of the sort.”
Trump will have another opportunity to make his case to African-Americans voters in Michigan. The GOP nominee is scheduled to attend the historically black Great Faith Ministries Church in Detroit on Sept. 3, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Trump will also record an interview with Detroit Bishop Wayne T. Jackson to be broadcast on local television.