AJC poll: 5 percent of black Georgia voters support Donald Trump

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in these 2016 AP file photos.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in these 2016 AP file photos.

Georgia GOP minority engagement guru Leo Smith once predicted that Donald Trump can “easily” get 20 percent of black voters. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s poll shows just how daunting that task will be.

Some 5 percent of black Georgia voters said they would vote or lean toward voting for Trump and running-mate Mike Pence. About 84 percent have an unfavorable view of the New York businessman and just 7 percent give him a positive review. By contrast, the poll shows three-in-four black voters give high marks to Clinton – and nearly 90 percent approve of President Barack Obama.

Black voters in Georgia have long voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, and Gov. Nathan Deal considered it a major victory when his polls showed him cracking double-digit support among African-Americans in 2014. But Trump’s allies say Smith’s goal is attainable, and several high-profile black Republicans in Georgia have been tasked with beefing up his support.

Bruce LeVell, a Dunwoody jeweler, is head of Trump’s national diversity coalition and travels around the nation stumping for the candidate. Smith, the Georgia GOP operative, dismissed talk that Georgia could turn blue in November as “wishful thinking.” And the newest member of the effort is Ashley Bell, a former Democratic official tapped last week to head the Republican National Committee’s black political engagement efforts.

“We are doubling down on the African-American vote,” he said. “The Democratic Party hasn’t had the answers. I go into urban areas where the Republicans haven’t been elected to anything, not even dogcatcher, and ask: Why not hear us out?”

More: Meet Ashley Bell – the Georgian charged with bringing black voters to the GOP

More: Read all about the AJC poll’s wide-ranging findings here.

More: An interactive look at all the results and crosstabs here.

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Lisa Foust
Lisa Foust

Five percent? More like zero percent. Those are just people who pushed the wrong button!

Patricia Sparks
Patricia Sparks

She is not going to do anything for them but buy her a 5000 dollar pocketbook and 15,000.00 jacket. Wake up black Americans.

Oscar Bello
Oscar Bello

come out of the shadows black trump supporters

Donnie Woods
Donnie Woods

Support hillary and bubba clinton you know the same bubba that made the comment "he would have been serving our coffee years ago".this was referring to the Messiah king Barry Hussein sotoero obama

Carlton Oneal
Carlton Oneal

i am sure the small percent of "house blacks" would not care if trump is rascist because as a light complexioned black male in georgia then i have suffered my whole life from white people,hispanics,and dark complexioned house slave black who worship white slave system!

Robert D. Thomas
Robert D. Thomas

I may have actually voted for a republican this time around but Trump and Cruz were the best you had to offer. I got to vote for Hillary by default.

Waymon Gainous
Waymon Gainous

Lot of Black millionaires in Ga. Want that tax break DON THE CON gonna give rich folks ,Poor folks S.O.L

Michael L Smith
Michael L Smith

Too dam high. Get out and talk to these people. 5% is tooo high period

Brittany Williams
Brittany Williams

Probably not many, but i think it would be higher if the nominee was someone else

Denise Young
Denise Young

Zero percent of African Americans support trump. . We're smarter than that. .. Hillary Clinton 2016

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

Actually there are some smart blacks who support trump like a black church in Charlotte .. Sorry you support the crooked witch Killary

Denise Young
Denise Young

Ryan McLean. . Sorry honey. That's not true.he gained photo op with donation. Hillary Clinton 2016

Amy Parks
Amy Parks

Trump is so racist he has turned this election into a racist race.

Linda Malone
Linda Malone

3 pastor,and the stump for trump Sister, Ben lost his mind Carson, and those 4 black Republicans. Maybe another handful of nuts but not many.

Shelia Lomax
Shelia Lomax

Black people of Georgia please come out in November and show the Racist Lying Con Man Donald Trump how we really feel about him. VOTE for Hillary Clinton and keep the Racist Lying Madman out of the White house.

Ryan Mclean
Ryan Mclean

He's racist how again ?? Oh that's right the media fed that to you and all the other dumb sheep

Lisa F. Austin
Lisa F. Austin

I've heard it with my own ears....he is a racist.

Sheri Bradley
Sheri Bradley

you are so uninformed. Wake up, Hillary is the racist one.

Pat Way
Pat Way

Ga will vote democrat for the first time in 42 years what does that tell you about Trump

Don S. Rowley
Don S. Rowley

We have enough Uncle Toms in this backwater third world state that may actually vote for that orange colored, loud mouth, confederate flag loving moron.

Sheryl Meyer
Sheryl Meyer

Eel elect her and you will have a hell of a lot more! You can Mark word on that.

Nisha Mihos
Nisha Mihos

LOL at Joseph Michael. You are just as blank as Trump. Bet you live in Forsyth. I will bet my next check on it.

Joseph Michael
Joseph Michael

Hahaha, you have no clue how bad Hillary is a racist. I can't tell you anything though, liberals don't look at the facts.

Nisha Mihos
Nisha Mihos

So why would I need a welfare check Love? Is it automatic that because I am black that I am on welfare? I could say something like how is your wife who is also your sister/cousin. That would assume all white men have sex with their sister/cousin/mother. You silly boy. But seeing that my husband is white and my children are half white, I would be wrong to say that. You on the other hand, I will say...stop having sex with your family members you inbred. (giggles)

Mario DePaoli
Mario DePaoli

Clinton Campaign accepted donations from the KKK - Washington Post (2016) Hillary publicly praised and kissed, now deceased, KKK memeber Democratic Senator Robert Byrd. - Multiple sources Bill Clinton justifies Robert "KKK" Byrd by saying that he was just "A country boy with a fleeting association with the KKK When Robert "KKK" Byrd died in 2010, Hillary Clinton had this to say about him, “Senator Byrd was a man of surpassing eloquence and nobility.” And, “It is almost impossible to imagine the United States Senate without Robert Byrd. He was not only its longest serving member. He was its heart, its soul, and it’s historian.” - Political Insider (2016)

Stephen Holland
Stephen Holland

We won't actually know until after the election because liberal mainstream rags like the AJC only publish biased polls based on flawed data.

Al Effendi
Al Effendi

You'd have to avoid every TV, newspaper, and Internet site not to realize that the man is an absolute racist, sexist bigot.

Victor Torres
Victor Torres

An interesting question for me is, how many black voters would have be en willing to vote for any of the other GOP candidates ? I honestly don't think the percentage would be much higher.

Naima Barton
Naima Barton

That's because today's Repubs are yesterday's Jim Crow Dems. They're proving it all across the south.

Victor Torres
Victor Torres

I disagree whole heatedly with you, Rand Paul for example, has been working with Dems on criminal reform. Also, the RNC had two Hispanics, are black surgeon, and a female CEO running for president, the DNC had life long white politicians. To call all Republicans racists, is a gross generalization. Meanwhile, deadliest cities in America are run by democrats and have been for years, but let's focus on calling Republicans racists.

Obie Booker
Obie Booker

Keep voting for more of the same sheep. R and D don't care about you. I can't believe people continue to be this stupid.

Marcia Conley
Marcia Conley

Wow that's a big amount please, it's probably still 2% Lol

Steve Duhon
Steve Duhon

A hahahahaha no minorities are going to vote for Trump except the mentally ill u can't win an election w almost no minority support

Brenda Russell
Brenda Russell

That's those house Negro's. A little money and education gone to their heads. These white racist Nazi hate-filled unholy followers of RNC will never allow you in the front door. Stupidity educated fools. Voting RNC doesn't make you acceptable in white world. This is what some Asian American, Hispanic, South American think. They will be accepted. Accept yourself, God has

Eve Diallo
Eve Diallo

I am not a Republican, nor do I plan on voting for Trump - at least at this time. I belive that Blacks need to vote for candidates who will lift us up and who really represent us. President Obama did very little for Blacks. I understand that he is not a president who only represents Blacks; however, if he HAD made an effort to pull Black people up, it would have made things better for all Americans. Crime would be lower, maybe more people would be educated and able to get jobs, or at least jobs that pay a living wage. Also, he could have advocated a better home life for those who are down-troddened and possibly lift them up. Imo, he just didn't do enough for minorities, except for Hispanics. Blacks tend to vote a straight Democratic ticket, which leads to electing unqualified candidates like Hank Johnson, Andre Carson, Charles Rangel, and all local Black candidates running for mayor or city council positions. This is just my opinion so please don't jump on me for expressing my beliefs.

Dontae Allen
Dontae Allen

Very well said and I couldn't agree more. I believe that education is the biggest factor in the black community. In order to overcome racial inequities and social injustices, we have to do a better job installing core values in our people.

Archie Jackson
Archie Jackson

Please don't blame the President......when there were plenty of jobs....we were still killing eachother and committing crimes.....help should come from the local level

Eve Diallo
Eve Diallo

You know the old saying, Archie Jackson - stuff runs down hill! Look what President Johnson and JFK did for civil rights while they were in office. I would have expected President Obama to at least address these problems too while in office. He didn't do much, imo.