President Obama’s approval rating on his handling of race relations has declined by 8 percentage points in the wake of controversial police killings of black men in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, New York, according to a new Pew/USA Today poll.
The poll finds that 50 percent of adults disapprove of Obama’s handling of race relations, while 40 percent approve. By contrast, in late August, shortly after the shooting death of Michael Brown, a black teenager, in Ferguson, 48 percent approved of Obama’s handling of race, while 40 percent disapproved.
The deaths of Eric Garner in Staten Island and Brown at the hands of white police officers sparked nationwide protests, after grand juries in both cases declined to issue indictments.
Before anyone blames this on racism:
Obama’s approval on race relations has declined the most among black people, from 73 percent to 57 percent since August. Among white people, it has declined from 42 percent to 33 percent.
Weird how we never see polls asking about the approval of his pal Sharpton.