(Source: EEW Magazine)
President Barack Obama is flashing a bright smile on the July 2012 cover of Essence Magazine where he discusses his goals for the presidency as his reelection campaign is in full swing. The publication, which reaches millions of black women, represents a core constituency for the president. Will he win the black female vote again?
After President Obama recently came out in support of gay marriage, being named by Newsweek America’s “First Gay President,” he isolated many women of color, a largely religious base.
But Obama needs black women voters.
According to Pew Research, much of the surge in black voter participation in 2008 was driven by increased participation among black women, a very powerful group, as well as younger voters. The voter turnout rate among eligible black female voters increased 5.1 percentage points, from 63.7% in 2004 to 68.8% in 2008. Overall, among all racial, ethnic and gender groups, black women had the highest voter turnout rate in November 2008′s election—a first.
Some African American Christian women, who were shocked and upset by Obama’s choice to back same-sex marriage, have said they will not vote for him again. Others, though in disagreement with the president, claim they will support him in the 2012 election because Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, is not a viable alternative.
Still, reports are showing that Romney is gaining on Obama.
The Christian Post reported yesterday that the republican candidate is closing the gap with Obama. His favorability rating has increased 14 percentage points since February, according to a CNN/ORC poll released Monday. The POTUS still has a higher favorability rating — 56 percent to Romney’s 48 percent, but Romney’s rating has spiked from 34 percent in February, a precipitous rise.
Obama told Essence Magazine, “I’ve always approached my presidency as a long-term proposition…I didn’t run for office just to clean up the mess I inherited. I didn’t run for office just to return to the status quo. Understanding that some of the things I get done, we may not see the benefits from them for ten years. But that’s how change happens…”
The sort of change Obama is bringing, however, particularly by going against a biblical definition of marriage, isn’t sitting too well with a big chunk of his core black demographic.
Yet, it remains to be seen how this voting block will behave in the polls come November.
How do you feel about President Obama? Will you be voting for him again this year? Are you one of the ones who has trouble reconciling your core Christian convictions with his stance on gay marriage? Or do you think voters should focus on more than one issue in making their voting decision?