Bernie Sanders is gaining ground among black voters, almost in line with the support Joe Biden received from that demographics, according to a poll published Friday.
The Vermont senator has 29 percent support from black Democratic primary voters, according to a new poll from NBC News / Wall Street Journal.
Biden, who boasted that he has the most support from all candidates among African-American voters and claims that demographic is his ‘firewall’, loses steam and only has a 2 percent lead over Sanders with 31 percent.
The former vice president even stopped his efforts in New Hampshire before the primary polls were closed to travel to campaign in South Carolina, where nearly a third of the democratic primary electorate is black.
Although the poll reveals a major decrease in Biden’s lead among black voters, there is a significant margin of error of 8.31 percent, since only 139 democratic primary voters have been questioned.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (left) closes the gap between him and former vice-president Joe Biden (right) when it comes to support from black Democratic primary voters
Sanders has 29 percent support from black voters, according to a new poll, which is only 2 percent less than Biden, which has 31 percent support
Biden’s campaign relies on more different states to help his campaign get back on track after being fourth and fifth respectively in Iowa and New Hampshire. And black voters are described as his ‘firewall’
Black community support will become more important in the coming weeks as the primary race moves to states with more racial diversity than the first two early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire – where the states are 90 percent and 94 percent white, respectively.
Most other Democratic primary candidates are struggling to get a grip on the crucial voting block – notably Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and former South Bend, mayor of Indiana, Pete Buttigieg.
The two more moderate candidates hope to retain their momentum as they achieve great success for their campaigns in the first two primary competition states, but neither of the bids will have black voters, who will have more vote in Nevada caucuses on Saturday and in the South Carolina primary the following week.
Black primary voters said in the NBC / WSJ survey that they have much more concerns or discomfort with the candidacy of Buttigieg and Klobuchar than they have enthusiasm or comfort.
Only 3 percent said they would be enthusiastic if Buttigieg was the nominee who went against Donald Trump in November and 25 percent said they would at least feel comfortable with the prospect.
But a combined 41 percent revealed that they have reservations or are uncomfortable with Buttigieg as their candidate.
Five percent said they would be enthusiastic about a Klobuchar nomination, and 20 percent would feel comfortable, while 35 percent said they were reserved or uncomfortable.
Although black voters are not enthusiastic about many of the democratic prospects, the study of February 14-18 shows that only 14 percent of the same demographic population approves of Donald Trump’s presidency.
And black voters said overwhelmingly that they would support one of the Democratic candidates for the current option.
The black voting block was previously seen as the “firewall” of Biden, but that view has recently declined because the former vice-president has seen quite a fall in support.
Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar in particular are struggling to get support from the black community because only 3 percent and 5 percent respectively said they would be excited about their candidacy if they were the nominees
According to Quinnipiac Polls, Biden had 26 percent support from African-American voters before the caucuses in Iowa
The former vice-president only loses steam with black voters – he also seems to be losing momentum from his previous front-runner status in general.
In Iowa, Biden was in astonishing fourth place, earned six delegates, and in New Hampshire he ran away without delegates when he fell to fifth.
The same national NBC / WSJ survey conducted last year showed Biden a huge lead over Sanders with, in some respects, even a 30 percent margin.
The only other Democratic candidate who appears to be winning with black voters is billionaire Mike Bloomberg – who has spent more than $ 450 million of his own money on his campaign since its launch in mid-November.
Bloomberg received about half the support of black voters in the poll than Sanders or Biden, but all other candidates were reduced to a few figures.
However, the poll was held before Bloomberg entered the stage for his first democratic debate in Las Vegas, Nevada Wednesday and was forced to ask difficult questions about the implementation of racist stopping and search practices during his time as mayor of New York City.