A new poll shows support for President Biden took a hit among black voters; a direct consequence of the federal vaccine mandates. The Morning Consult Poll states Black Americans are the least likely of all racial and ethnic demographics to have received a COVID-19 vaccine. It estimates 53 percent of black adults have received the shots — a lower share than that of any other race or ethnicity.
The poll found that since the vaccine mandate, Biden’s net approval rating has dropped 12 percent among black voters. The number was measured by the share who approve his job performance minus the share who disapprove.
Biden’s net approval rating among unvaccinated black voters fell a whopping 17 points after the announcement companies with more than 100 people would be required to get vaccinated.
Thirty-eight percent of black voters who have not received the COVID-19 vaccine say they disapprove of Biden’s job performance. That number is an 11 point increase since the vaccine mandate was announced on September 9th.
An initial poll conducted between September 6 and 8, before Biden made the announcement on the 9thshowed a substantial drop of support compared to a second poll taken after the announcement, between September 18 to 20. Over 1,000 black voters were polled.
The second poll revealed that Biden’s approval rating went down 5 points to 71 percent since the mandate. Disapproval rose 7 points to 24 percent. Thirty-seven percent said they strongly approve of his performance, while 14 percent said they strongly disapprove.
The New York Times reported on a fight that broke out at New York City’s Carmines restaurant on the Upper West Side. The argument escalated between three black women from Texas and a hostess at the restaurant after two men in their party were denied entrance for not having proof of vaccination.
Chivona Newsome, the co-founder of the BLM NYC said, “Being a doctor does not protect you from anti-blackness. Having a vaccination card does not protect you from discrimination. The 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits the actions of Carmine’s. It says it is illegal to discriminate against you on the basis of race.”
Co-founder of the Black Women’s March, Kimberly Bernard, attended the protest and claimed vaccine mandates are being weaponized against minorities.
“We are serving notice on the mayor, on the governor, on the restaurant industry that we will not allow for you to use this pandemic, vaccination cards, and masks as another reason to be racist, to put us in prison. Because there’s enough of us in there,” said Bernard.