Nearly half of African-Americans remain optimistic, despite a stubbornly high black unemployment rate. And African-Americans are more enthusiastic about voting in 2012 than in previous elections.
A newly released NBC News/Wall Street Journal/theGrio.com poll finds that 49 percent of African-Americans feel the country is headed in the right direction, versus 38 percent who say the country is on the wrong track. That’s a sharp contrast from all poll respondents, who by an overwhelming 73-19 percent say the country is on the wrong track.
In addition, despite the negative effects of the recession on black households, half of African-American respondents say Obama’s economic policies have improved the nation’s economic conditions, versus 44 percent who say Obama’s policies haven’t made a difference.
An overwhelming 86 percent of African-Americans said they approve of the president’s handling of the economy. By contrast, 57 percent of overall respondents disapprove of the president’s handling of the economy, versus just 40 percent who approve.
And while by a 54 to 40 percent margin, all respondents say the U.S. is at the “start of a longer term decline, where the U.S. is no longer the leading country in the world,” rather than “going through the kind of tough time the country faces from time to time,” African-Americans say the reverse is true, by a margin of 59 to 32 percent.
The one area in which a majority of African-Americans expressed disappointment with Obama’s job performance was in the area of providing proper oversight for Wall Street and the big banks. In that area, 56 percent said the president has fallen short of their expectations versus 33 percent who say he has lived up to them.
Chicago South Side resident Renee Coats is out of work and living with her older brother and their ailing 84-year-old mother. Coats said she’s struggling to get by.
“I just got some emergency food stamps last month but I haven’t got anything this month,” she told theGrio.
“I’m in between a rock and a hard place.”
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SOURCE: The Grio