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African Americans Aren’t in Love with Obama’s Response to Ferguson

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(The Washington Post) – A new CBS News/New York Times poll shows that Americans give President Obama mixed reviews for his handling of the situation in Ferguson, Mo. While the reviews are more positive than negative (41 percent to 34 percent), fully one-quarter of Americans have no opinion.

Given that Obama’s approval ratings are generally underwater (more negative than positive) when it comes to most issues these days, that might seem a small victory for the White House.

But one emerging area to watch: how African Americans view his handling of the situation.

While the CBS/NYT poll notes that 60 percent of blacks are satisfied with Obama’s response to the Ferguson shooting — a clear majority — that’s less overwhelming when you consider how hugely popular Obama is among African Americans in general.

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