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Two Polls Show Black Voter Support for Obama Falling

By    |   Monday, 08 Dec 2014 09:16 PM

Two new polls show President Barack Obama's support slipping among black voters in stark contrast to their overwhelming support of the president for his 2012 re-election.

"This is a somewhat unprecedented bit of tension between Obama and his most loyal supporters," Washington Post political blogger Aaron Blake writes.

An NBC News/Marist College survey after a grand jury's decision not to indict a New York police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner finds just 35 percent of blacks approve — and 46 percent disapprove — of the way Obama has handled both the Garner case and a no-indict decision for the officer who fatally shot unarmed Ferguson, Mo., teenager Michael Brown.

The finding isn't much higher than the 27 percent approval of white voters, The Washington Post points out.

And more troubling for the president is the sharp contrast with his 93-6 percent support from black voters for Obama in the 2012 election, The Post reports.

A new Pew survey also shows support dropping among black voters for Obama's handling of racial issues in general, slipping to 57-33 percent compared with last August, when the president enjoyed a 73-22 percent approval.

The margin of error for the latest Pew sample of black non-Hispanic voters is 9.8 percentage points.

The margin of error for the NBC/Marist poll is 3.3 percentage points.

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