Inflation-driven economic pressures are surely part of the story
But Black voters differ from Democratic Party on high-profile issues like school choice, voter ID, and abortion
As the Democratic Party moves ever more to the left, President Biden’s approval rating among black voters has sunk by 18 points, according to Quinnipiac polling. So why is it happening?
Inflation-driven economic worries are surely part of the story. Perhaps, when inflation ebbs, so too will black voter disapproval.
But it’s foolish to ignore the possibility of a deeper current. Black voters may truly disapprove of the Democratic Party’s increasingly leftist policy platform. If true, that disapproval poses a sustained long-term risk to the party.
As prominent Democratic strategist Ruy Teixeira noted in a recent New York Times profile, “Do [party leaders] really believe that the Black voters who formed the base of the Democratic Party think like Ibram X. Kendi, or the leaders of BLM? Are they crazy?”
On major, high-profile issues, the Democratic Party appears far afield from black voter sentiment.
Charter schools, for example, enjoy +30 support among black voters. But the Biden Administration this month proposed suffocating regulations on a charter school grant program, earning the Democratic administration national and bipartisan condemnation.
Black voters overwhelmingly support voter ID, by a 60-20 margin, yet Democrats persist with their full-out assault to stop voter ID from ever being implemented in North Carolina.
A majority of black voters supports an abortion ban once a fetal heartbeat can be detected – around six weeks of pregnancy. Yet the Democratic Party views such a policy as extremist and usually fights against any abortion restrictions.
These aren’t second-tier, minor issues. Education, election laws, abortion – they’re defining policies central to the voting decisions of millions of people.
The black voter defection from Biden may well be a fleeting reflection of temporary economic anxiety. But it may also mark the beginning of a broader, long-term alienation from a political party that has misaligned itself with a core constituency.