Kanye West’s Support Among Black Voters Is Only 2%, According To New Poll

Kanye West’s political campaign has been described as a ‘spoiler’ intended to pull support away from Donald Trump’s opponent. However, if Trump was hoping that Kanye would draw the support of black voters, a new poll suggests that the outcome will be disappointing for him. In fact, West’s support overall is minuscule.

Kanye West gets no Black vote
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According to a new Politico poll, Kanye received the support of about 2% of voters. His support among Black voters specifically was equally minuscule — also 2%. Strategists from both Democratic and Republican parties have said that the rapper won’t play a significant role in the election, for a number of reasons. For one thing, the Black vote tends to lean more liberal, and Kanye — who has made controversy with his open support of Trump — is a big proponent of certain right-wing policies and views.

He’s also built the public persona of an entertainer, rather than a politician. Of course, in Donald Trump, many saw this as an appealing trait — but those who are looking for a candidate whose background isn’t political have already found one, and he’s the incumbent.

There’s a growing swath of never-Trump Republicans, as evidenced by the support for the Lincoln Project PAC, led by a group of conservatives who don’t like Trump’s effect on the Republican party. The theory has been floated that the Trump campaign is actually behind Kanye’s run, supported by the fact that people tied to Trump’s campaign keep surfacing in West’s. In fact, according to Newsweek, a complaint has been filed against one lawyer, Lane Ruhland, alleging a conflict of interest for apparently working for both campaigns at the same time. Kanye also recently announced he’d had a meeting with Jared Kushner, driving more speculation about the connections between the two candidates.

If the incumbent president hoped that an independent campaign would serve as a decoy to pull away never-Trumpers from supporting Biden, Kanye West may have been the wrong candidate for it. According to the numbers, Biden currently holds the same 9-point lead on Trump, with or without Kanye on the ballot.

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