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Trump’s Approval Rating Among Black Americans Gets a Bump Post Convention

Was it President Donald Trump’s straightforward, confident style at the RNC Convention that swayed more black Americans to approve of the job he’s doing?

The Washington Times reported that President Trump’s approval rating among black Americans rose to 24 percent in the latter half of August (including two days of the RNC Convention), up from 15 percent in the first half.

The poll, released last Friday, showed his overall approval rating “underwater,” as the Washington Times put it, but the rising approval rating among blacks is why the results have received wide news coverage. From the Washington Times:

…the surge of support from Black voters may reflect Mr. Trump’s outreach to minority communities as well as the convention’s showcasing of conservative Black lawmakers and luminaries.

Sen. Tim Scott, South Carolina Republican, was featured prominently Monday, the first night of the RNC, while Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron gave a speech Tuesday challenging some of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden’s pronouncements on race.

Other Black speakers included Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson; former NFL players Jack Brewer, Burgess Owens and Herschel Walker; Democratic Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, and Kim Klacik, a Republican congressional candidate to fill the seat formerly held by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat.

Poll numbers are great for buzz, but will this approval rating translate into more support for President Trump in November?

Photo credit: By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America – Donald Trump, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

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