Donald Trump's 'Black Jobs' Comments Spark Backlash

New poll highlights voter concerns after recent debate.

by Nouman Rasool
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Donald Trump's 'Black Jobs' Comments Spark Backlash
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Trump erased some of the gains he had made with this critical voting bloc back in March but among Black voters, they still saw President Joe Biden as having won only slightly more by watching presidential debate performances.

Among the people surveyed overall by CBS News/YouGov Poll, 56% felt Trump "won" - but Black voters saw it differently: 39% thought Biden did better than pro-Trump (at only 25%) and split on calling a tie at another respective third each.

His rating may have also been hit by the controversial Trump claim about migrants taking "Black jobs." At CNN's talk Trump commented, "They're taking Black jobs and they're taking Hispanic Jobs," with zero evidence of that being true.

These remarks come as President Biden looks to hold onto the backing of Black voters, who helped drive his win in 2020.

Biden's Debate Struggles

While Biden won that faction, his performance was described as shaky because the debate revealed weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

His raspy voice and occasional stumbling raised questions about whether the 76-year-old was too old to be President and reignited speculation over his run for next year's election. The poll laid these concerns out in stark terms: 72 percent of voters now say Biden should not run for president again - up from just 63 percent earlier this year.

Black voters supported Biden's candidacy on a 55 percent versus 45 percent basis. They were also more likely to say Biden presented clear ideas and inspired confidence during the debate than Trump did. Quarles/CampaignsIdeally, 63% of Black voters said only Biden told the truth during debate - stand in sharp contrast to just10% who felt this way about Trump.

The poll. results reinforce new complexities in voter feelings as the November votes near, especially among groups that could help decide battles for battleground states. Debate performances and campaign statements will likely continue to inform voters in the weeks ahead as they decide whom they want to serve as commander-in-chief. The poll has a 4.2-point margin of error

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