WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — President Obama’s approval rating among black Americans has averaged 84 percent throughout 2014, remaining about 40 percent higher than his approval rating among Americans as a whole.
The new Gallup poll shows that Obama’s approval among black Americans has drifted slightly downward since 2009, when his approval rating was at its highest among black Americans with a 92 percent job approval rating. Gallup pre-election surveys and national exit polls suggest that “well over 90 percent” of blacks voted for Obama in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.
President Obama’s 2014 approval rating sits at about 42 percent among all Americans, which has also decreased since his 58 percent approval rating in 2009.
The data is based upon Gallup Daily tracking, consisting of about 15,000 interviews with blacks from January through November 2014, and larger samples of blacks in previous years.
Obama’s overall job approval rating fell in 2010 and 2011, before rising again in 2012 when Obama was re-elected. It stayed at about that level in 2013, before decreasing this year to what will be the lowest annual average of his administration.
Obama’s support has disproportionately fallen among young black Americans. In the first two years of the Obama’s presidency, Obama’s approval rating among 18-to-29-year-old blacks fell from 92 percent to 84 percent. In 2014, Obama’s approval rating has fallen to 80 percent among black youth – 8 points fewer than blacks Americans over the age of 65.
Black approval of President Obama so far in 2014 remains more than 40 points higher than his overall average.
According to a Gallup poll on Hispanic support for President Obama, immigrants favor President Obama’s actions in office by more than 2-to-1 margins.
Obama’s actions on immigration will likely help him politically with the growing Hispanic population, notably, support is higher among Hispanics who migrated to the U.S. (75 percent) than among Hispanics who were born in this country (51 percent), but both groups show greater approval than disapproval.