President Obama won his two terms in office largely on the support of the African-American vote, but it seems that his most supportive fan base could be turning their back on him. A new poll released earlier this week from Rasmussen showed that just 11 percent of black voters believe life has gotten better for black youths over the last five years. Meanwhile, only 10 percent of all voters felt that race relations have approved since Obama’s election.
The poll comes on the heels of Obama’s new initiative to help young minority men known as “My Brother’s Keeper,” spurred in part by criticism that he wasn’t paying enough attention to minorities. The initiative will test a range of strategies to keep African-Americans in school and out of the criminal justice system. A White House official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the new effort seeks “to make sure that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential. The initiative will be focused on implementing strategies that are proven to get results.”
However, voters don’t seem confident that the $200 million initiative will help improve race relations and the status of black people in America. Roughly 49 percent of those surveyed in the poll said it was “unlikely” the initiative would improve life for young African-Americans, while 24 percent said it was “not at all likely” the initiative would help. But despite the initial hesitance of American voters to get behind this plan, especially after the current debacle of Obamacare, the president said he will make this initiative a hallmark of his eventual retirement.