Trump believes that he can get 95 percent of the Black vote by 2020. According to a poll from Public Police Polling that was previewed on the Rachel Maddow Show last night, Donald Trump’s ambition may fall into the “delusions of grandeur” category.
According to the data, Bedbugs, Personal Injury Lawyers, Mosquitoes, SPAM emails and even the Bubonic Plague are more popular among African Americans than Donald Trump. The poll took place August 26-28 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.3. And while PPP has not yet released the official results, the graphic provided by the Rachel Maddow Show suggests that the Bubonic Plague’s performance against Donald Trump is outside the margin of error.
It may appear to some that Trump is shifting to attract Black voters, to others, Trump’s shift has been both condescending and disingenuous.
Some commentators speculate that Trump’s rhetoric on “helping the Black community” was never designed to reach African Americans; rather, it was an attempt to convince White, women voters that he wasn’t the racist everyone suggested. This is particularly salient when you consider Trump has yet to make an appeal to the Black community in a Black community.
Trump has gained ground among Independents according to new polling data. Whether this can be attributed to his shift to and focus on the Black community, we cannot determine. However, we can be sure–based on the results of the PPP data–his approach certainly did not appeal to the Black community.