By Frederick H. Lowe
Hillary Rodham Clinton will receive a lot of black votes in Tuesday’s national election, but a number of black voters are expected to hold their noses when they cast their ballots for the former U.S. Secretary of State who has called some African Americans “superpredators.” Former President Bill Clinton’s tough on crime bill also sent thousands of black men to prison.
There is clearly no strong love affair between black voters and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party’s nominee for the president, according to a study by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
Clinton is capturing a majority of the black vote because African Americans abhor Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president. Trump also has said nasty things about blacks, especially President Barack Obama.
Some 51 percent of black voters say they are voting against Trump, and 49 percent say they are voting for Clinton.
Older black voters describe their choice as a vote for Clinton, but younger black voters describe their vote as a choice against Trump.
And this is affecting black voter turnout. In early voting, black voters in North Carolina are not turning out in the numbers they did in 2012. Ditto for Ohio. The turnout looks more like 2008 than 2012, when it was higher. And in Florida, another battleground state, black turnout is down.
President Barack Obama has taken to the campaign trail urging blacks to vote in large numbers for Clinton.
Some 86 percent of blacks say they will vote compared to 89 percent of whites. Twelve percent of African Americans are not sure if they will cast ballots and 2 percent said they will not vote.
Ninety percent of black women say they will vote, compared to 82 percent of black men.
Clinton is not as popular as President Barack Obama.
“In fact, 67 percent of all black voters described President Obama as someone they like very much, while Clinton garnered this response from only 29 percent of all black voters,” the Joint Center, a think tank for black elected officials, reported.
In the 2012 presidential election, black voters voted at a higher rate than any other racial or ethnic group.
Support for Clinton, who could become the first woman elected president, is divided among black men and black women.
Fifty-five percent of black male Clinton supporters said their vote would be cast for her, compared with 45 percent who said that their vote would be cast against Trump.
On the other hand, 47 percent of surveyed black women said they would be voting for Clinton, compared with 53 percent who said they would be voting against Trump.
The Joint Center surveyed 1,500 registered voters, including 600 blacks, 600 whites and 300 Latinos. Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islanders and Native Americans were not interviewed because of language difficulties. The survey was conducted between September 1 and September 15, 2016.