US President Donald Trump makes his way to board Air Force One before departing from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on September 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN
Nearly two-thirds of African-Americans are worried by President Donald Trump and even more believe the country is heading in the wrong direction, according to a new survey.
Eighty-four percent of the black Americans polled said they feel the country is on the wrong track while just 15 percent said it is heading in the right direction.
African-Americans make up 13 percent of the US adult population but PerryUndem, the Washington-based policy research firm which conducted the poll, said public opinion surveys focusing solely on black Americans are relatively rare.
A total of 1,003 African-Americans aged 18 or older were polled between July 18 and August 7, 2017 by PerryUndem. The survey was commissioned by the group Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda.
Those surveyed were asked how they are feeling now about Trump, the Republican Party candidate who drew scant support from black American voters in the 2016 presidential election.
Sixty-three percent said they were worried — 69 percent of black women and 56 percent of black men — 45 percent said they were scared and 42 percent said they were angry.
Only 12 percent said they were optimistic and just seven percent said they were hopeful.
Five percent of those polled said they think Trump’s policies will positively affect black people while 64 percent said the impact will be negative.
– In Obama we trust –
Eighteen percent of black women surveyed and 12 percent of black men said it is a good time to be black in America. Forty-five percent of black women and 59 percent of black men said it is a bad time.
Respondents were also asked who they trust to work on issues important to them.
Barack Obama, America’s first black president, and former First Lady Michelle Obama topped the list with an identical trust factor of 92 percent.
The Black Lives Matter movement which denounces police violence against black Americans earned a trust factor of 81 percent.
The survey was conducted before two of the latest racially-tinged events involving Trump.
On August 12, white supremacists and neo-Nazis staged a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ostensibly to protest against the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, a top general in the pro-slavery Civil War South, from a public park.
A woman was killed when an avowed white nationalist drove his car into a group of counter-protestors.
Trump came under fire from Republicans and Democrats alike after initially insisting that anti-racism protesters were equally to blame for the violence.
During the past week, Trump has repeatedly denounced American football players who have been kneeling during the national anthem to draw attention to racial injustice.
Trump described athletes protesting during The Star-Spangled Banner as “sons of bitches” who should be fired.
Trump has denied his condemnation of the players has anything to do with race but until recently the players who have taken part in the anthem protests have been overwhelmingly black.