Large Majority Of Black, Hispanic Voters Say Trump Has Been Bad For Them

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Voters who are Black and Latino Americans think their lives have gotten worse under Trump, according to a new survey. A woman listens to Black Voters Matter co-founder LaTosha Brown speak at a church as part of The South Rising Tour 2018 Aug. 22, 2018, in Warner Robins, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Black and Latino Americans think their lives have gotten worse under President Trump, according to a new survey.  

The poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that about half of all Americans think Trump’s actions while in office have been bad for African Americans, Muslims, and women, while a little more than half say they’ve been bad for Hispanics.

“Four in 10 Americans said they approve of Trump overall, according to the poll, conducted before the release of a rough transcript of a phone call showing Trump prodded the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic political rival Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement that she would launch a formal impeachment inquiry,” The Hill reported.

And while Trump continually boasts about having a strong lead with African-American and Latino voters, the new poll shows something different. Trump has consistently said his economic policies have been good for African Americans and other people of color.

“Just 4 percent say they think Trump’s actions have been good for African Americans in general, while 81 percent think he’s made things worse. Similar shares of Black Americans think Trump has been bad for Hispanics, Muslims and women,” The Hill reported. “Sixty-nine percent of Latinos think Trump’s actions have been bad for Hispanics generally, while 19 percent think they’ve been good.”

“He speaks nothing but hate rhetoric,” said Chris Smith, 38, an African-American information technology worker in Columbia, Tennessee. Smith considers himself independent but leans Democratic. He added:“If the leader of this country is free to speak like that, there’s going to be people who think it’s OK to speak like that.”

“He’s making people live their life in fear,” Smith said.

A third of white voters think Trump has been good for Black Americans, women , and Hispanics. Even a quarter of white voters think they have been good for Muslims. “Forty-seven percent think Trump’s actions have been bad for Hispanics, 44 percent say they’ve been bad for Muslims, and 39 percent say they’ve been bad for women and Black Americans,” NBC News reported.