Donald Trump has failed to gain traction among black voters in Michigan, despite visits to Detroit and Flint to reach out to African Americans, according to a new EPIC-MRA poll.
The poll, published today by the Free Press and WXYZ, shows that the businessman and reality TV star has just 2% support among black voters. By contrast, 86% of black voters are supporting Hillary Clinton, and only 5% remain undecided.
About 95% of black voters in Michigan supported President Obama in the last election.
The poll was bad news overall for Trump. It shows Clinton with an 11-percentage-point lead over Trump, who has been losing votes in key swing states following his debate performance and continued erratic behavior.
Trump has offended African Americans for years. In 1992, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino was fined $200,000 because managers removed black card dealers. He also led the birther movement and encouraged mob justice after the wrongful imprisonment of the Central Park Five in New York City.
During the campaign, Trump refused to disavow notorious racist David Duke; he condoned the assault of Black Lives Matter protesters; and he supports more stop-and-frisk policing, despite evidence that the controversial tactic predominately targets people of color.
After Trump visited a predominately black church in Flint last month, he blasted the pastor as a “nervous mess.” His visit to a predominately black church Detroit in September attracted hundreds of protesters.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, who is supporting Clinton, has been sweeping across the city encourage young people to register to vote.
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Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.