Has Obama Lost His Base?

Posted on July 27, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Since taking office, President Obama has endured an unrelenting barrage of attacks from Congressional Republicans, the Tea Party, Fox News and a plethora of right-wing pundits, all of whom can’t find enough bad things to say about him and the job he’s doing. So it has to come as a real blow to the President to find out that his biggest supporters are turning on him as well.

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday reports that the President’s backing from liberal voters and African Americans is plummeting. According to the Post/ABC survey taken earlier this month “the number of liberal Democrats who strongly support Obama’s record on jobs plunged 22 points from 53 percent last year to 31 percent. The number of African Americans who believe the president’s actions have helped the economy has dropped from 77 percent in October to just over half (50 percent) of those surveyed.”

The President’s inability to turn around the economy and create jobs is leading to growing disillusionment among his core supporters. While the nation’s unemployment rate remains stagnant at around 9 percent, the unemployment rate for African Americans is a staggering 16 percent. And while nearly everyone is feeling the economic strain, with exception of a few folks on Wall Street, minorities and in particular African Americans have been hammered by the downturn.

According to a recent analysis of census data conducted by the Pew Research Center, the recession and faltering recovery has erased decades of economic gains for minorities, so much so that the average white American has 20 times the net worth of African Americans and 18 times that of Hispanics. The Pew findings, released this week, noted that the median wealth of white U.S. households was $113,149, compared to just $6,325 for Hispanics and $5,677 for blacks. The disparity—roughly an 18-1 ratio for Hispanics and a 20-1 ratio for African Americans—is attributed to the fact that both groups experienced major home value declines and unemployment resulting for the economic meltdown created by Wall Street.

What is so disheartening about those numbers is that with the economic expansion of the 1990s minorities had began to close the wealth gap. In 1995 the wealth gap was at its lowest at 7 to 1 for both groups.

Still, despite growing disappointment with the President’s progress, the reality is that liberal, progressive, and minority voters—Obama’s base—have no other viable choice. So while they will vote for the President in 2012, what isn’t as certain is their level of financial support and willingness to volunteer in the campaign, elements that were crucial to his victory in 2008.

C.Z.T.

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