Obama's Stunning Loss Of African-American Support Has Extended To Nevada

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A day after a poll in North Carolina showed a stunning loss of support for President Barack Obama among African-American voters, a new poll from the same firm finds the same thing is happening in Nevada. The survey, from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling, gives Obama 69 per cent of the African-American vote. Republican nominee Mitt Romney gets 28 per cent.

If these numbers are accurate, than this is astounding. In the North Carolina poll released Tuesday, Obama got 76 per cent of the African-American vote, to Romney’s 20 per cent. 

Much like North Carolina, Obama garnered the vast majority of African-American support in Nevada in the 2008 election. He received 94 per cent to John McCain‘s 5 per cent. 

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Like North Carolina, Obama’s favorability in Nevada among African-Americans is also down from PPP’s last poll of the state. In March, his approval rating stood at 81 per cent. Now, it’s 69 per cent. 

Meanwhile, Romney’s favorability has jumped from 14 per cent to 41 per cent among African-Americans. 

Jim Williams, a polling analyst at PPP, told Business Insider Tuesday that these polls could be “statistical noise.” And in Nevada, the sample was even smaller than that of North Carolina — 8 per cent of 500 voters. But Williams said it was also not something that PPP had ever seen before. 

“70-something per cent is obviously low,” Williams said, of the North Carolina. “It’s not something we’ve ever seen before. It’s definitely something we’re going to monitor.”

Overall, Obama leads Romney in Nevada, 48 per cent to 42 per cent, down from an 8-point lead he held in March. These struggles in the poll probably stem from Nevada’s terrible economy, which is one of the worst in the country. Only 37 per cent of those polled said they think the economy has gotten better since Obama took office, compared with 41 per cent who think it has gotten worse.

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