Black voters wary, supportive of Obama
October 18th, 2012
12:53 PM ET
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Black voters wary, supportive of Obama

(CNN) – “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" That commonly-asked question of modern presidential elections is being answered in the negative by some African-Americans.

[:54] “The last four years for me, have been difficult. They’ve been hard.”

Angela Collins is a mother of six. She has a 12-year-old and a 16 year-old still at home, two more kids in college and two grown kids out on their own.

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  1. myviewis

    Wow, people are just now figuring out that Obama hangs out with the rich, you never see him in black communities, black neighborhoods and unemployment is horribly high for blacks.

    I am glad this person has actually said it and it was written in this article what so many of us have noticed
    ........." He says what has led to some disillusionment is the fact that, when President Obama comes to Los Angeles, it's usually for a fundraiser with the rich and he fails to connect with his core supporters in the black community."

    Finally people are waking up from their fairytale and seeing reality.

    October 18, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. HUSSEIN OBAMA = HISTORY

    According to demcorats does this make them racist?

    October 18, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. Guest

    Obama is what happens when you vote blindly based upon color rather than knowing who a candidate is, what he stands for, and the level of experience as applicable to the position. Hmm, wonder why all of his records are sealed??? Wonder why the poor black story when he attended all of the best schools in Hawaii and then Harvard? I wonder why he isnt using Obamaphone lady in his advertisements, maybe doesnt want to be associated with "that" part of the community? He is a fraud and a divisive leader who doesnt have what it takes to effectively lead the nation for eveyones benefit. Remember, he and his reverend mentor were against America before he was (unconvincingly) for it!! Romney/Ryan 2012!

    October 18, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. TEAPARTY MIKE

    Wonder if this is reflected in today's new Gallup tracking poll of likely voters.
    Romney leads Obama 52% to 45%.

    October 18, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. 47%

    we all had it hard,but he had to clean up bush mass frist and now sence he has done some of it, you wont walk out on him ? i dont argee on everything that obama say,i try to belive in him,and 4 years is not enough time to clean up 8 years,if you wont to vote for ronney do so. but dont conplain about what going to happen.the ball in your court.

    October 18, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. B.

    A very strait-forward choice when you consider the the alternative!

    Romney would take us all back to the 50s overnight!

    The man is a puppet of "Big Moneyed" interests, period just like Bush and Cheney were.

    October 18, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  7. Solrac

    It's propaganda. If you look at Reagan's unemployment rate compared to Obama, we see almost identical numbers, but American's praise him as the second coming to Christ. Oh, and pay no attention to how unbelievably ignorant their Republican candidates are: Romney is as blunder prone as Bush or Palin, lying every step of the way, but that's not important.

    Thank god I also have citizenship in Canada, because if we go down the Republican path we're going to go further down the road of terrible schools, corporate deregulation that's making us sick and our land severely blemished.

    How about you thank a Democrat for your equal rights that forces Romney to go through his "binders full of women." You're all brainwashed! I have an exit. The majority of you don't. Don't put another Nixon, Bush, Reagan into the White House.

    October 18, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. pandereteromayor

    Know your candidate before you vote.

    October 18, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  9. pandereteromayor

    To vote blindly because you happen to agree with the color of the candidate's skin or the business he owns; and not considering his policies will create disappointment.

    October 18, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -myviewis

    Wow, people are just now figuring out that Obama hangs out with the rich, you never see him in black communities, black neighborhoods and unemployment is horribly high for blacks.

    I am glad this person has actually said it and it was written in this article what so many of us have noticed
    ........." He says what has led to some disillusionment is the fact that, when President Obama comes to Los Angeles, it's usually for a fundraiser with the rich and he fails to connect with his core supporters in the black community."

    Finally people are waking up from their fairytale and seeing reality.
    *********************
    And the Mormon aristocrat is a better alternative? When will people realize that this pampered, trust fund child who has pocketed the proceeds of middle class dreams is a fraud? Literally word for word, he is parroting back the Bush claims of 2000: how did that end up? He failed as governor ( he is down by more than 20 points in MA), and he has grossly inflated his resume in the private sector and with the Olympics. Besides. anyone who would back a Bush retread needs to be checked out for amnesia and a mental disorder.

    October 18, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Anecdotes =/= data.

    October 18, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  12. MrBeenThere

    Angela be thankful Mr. Obama was there for those four years or it would have been even harder, take a long hard look at what the Republican/Tea Party have done in the past four years, Obstruction, obstruction, obstruction......... NO, NO,NO.......... Job's Job's Job's........... we did get a lot of voter Suppression laws and all those Abortion laws there trying to cram down our throats. Recovery is slow but it is picking up in spite of Mr. Romney and his party.

    October 18, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  13. Wake up People!

    Let me just say this about some of my people. We are the biggest haters of one another ever. Some of us are like crabs in a barrel, always trying to pull whomever is at the top down. We could be an amazing race if we learned to stick together like EVERY other race does.

    People need to remember when President Obama came into office we were in a deep hole. Then treasonous congress decides it's more important to make the President a one term POTUS, than to help the country move forward. Also black people need to know, our BEAUTIFUL complexions are considered a curse to the mormon cult and if they think Willard cares about them, they are sadly mistaken.

    I lost my job also in 08, months before President Obama was even elected, the country has been in a freefall since 07. None of this is the fault of President Obama. And I would love to thank the POTUS for making sure I could receive the unemployment that I worked so hard for, when I needed it. I now have another job, at a much larger company. Have patience my people and stand with our President.

    OBAMA 2012!

    October 18, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I use this rule of thumb about the upcoming election, I listen to what Romney is saying because I don't know who he is or what his position is other than wanting my vote and how he differs from President Obama. In listening to Romney I do understand he has a plan but he feels I'm not suppose to know what it is until after the election but my good common sense tells me his billionaire donors like Adelson know what his plan is otherwise they wouldn't contribute millions to his campaign. Secrets in politics are normally exposed but Romney is keeping tight lip about his secret plans.

    October 18, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Patrick in Wisconsin

    Guest, at least Obama worked his way up from poverty. Mitt was born with a silver spoon up his butt as he does today. Mitt does not even remotely understand the struggles of everyday Americans as evidenced by his ignorant and selfish 47% comments. Obama on the other hand, got to where he was by honest hard work.

    October 18, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  16. me

    obama never knew poverty He was raised by his grannd parents and sent to a private schoool in hawaii. Poverty my backside. His grand parents were quitte well off. He has been handed everything he has without having to EARN a thing. He is a fraud

    October 18, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  17. Denny

    Democrats will NEVER give blacks any tools for improving their lives. They will keep blacks poorly educated and give them just enough hand-outs to survive so they have no other choice but to vote Democrat. You can go back in history and listen to the speeches of Democrat politicians about how they are working to improve the lives of black Americans but nothing ever comes of it. Most blacks are intentionally kept ignorant and used for their vote. It's very sad.

    October 18, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. RoMoney's Horse

    I make a RoMoney noise when I walk. Flippity Flop, Flippity Flop, Flippity Flop. I will make a good first horse. Neeeee.

    October 18, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. truth hurts

    She is basically agreeing with Joe Biden who said the middle class has been crushed the last four years. For that you can thank Obama and Biden, the economically clueless dummy duo. Wake up America. It isn't the rich people that are hurting you. It is these elitest know-it-all leftist idiots in Washington that think they know better how to run your life.

    October 18, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. A Kickin` Donkey

    Memo to Republicans –

    If you want a chance for white Americans, black Americans, brown Americans, yellow Americans to FIRE Barack Obama for failing, you should have not woeked so hard to sabotage his presidency.

    We know he is not FAILURE MATERIAL because on those topics [like foriegn policy] where he can act unilaterally from Congress, his accomplishments are STELLAR. Furthermore, IN SPITE of a Tea-Party Congress that only sought to obstruct him, he has unemployment below 8% and has created jobs for over TWO YEARS. I can only imagine where we`d be if the GOP pulled it`s own weight.

    Want me to fire the next, non-male, non-white President? Make sure your efforts to conspire against him/ her are not so apparent and for God sakes, don`t brag about it!

    October 18, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. truth hurts

    Patrick in Wisconsin - at least Obama worked his way up from poverty.
    ====================================================
    WHAT??? Obama was NEVER in poverty. He was raised by his grand parents and his grandmother was the VP of a bank. Poverty??? Talk about a leftwing marketing scam job!

    October 18, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |