A conservative black activist isn't surprised that a new poll shows that many Americans feel race relations have been much better under President Donald Trump than they were under his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Results of a new Gallup poll found that after three years of Donald Trump, Americans are far more satisfied with the state of the economy, security from terrorism, military strength, and race relations than during the final months of the Obama administration. In fact, the survey found that Americans' satisfaction with those key issues has increased by double digits during the Trump presidency:
- The economy – satisfaction up 22% (Jan. 2017, 46% - Jan 2020, 68%)
- Security from terrorism – satisfaction up 18% (50% vs. 68%)
- Military strength and preparedness – satisfaction up 15% (66% vs. 81%)
In the area of race relations, satisfaction went from 22% in January 2017 when Trump took office to 36% in January 2020, an increase of 14 percent.
Horace Cooper, co-chairman of Project 21 Black Leadership Network, reacts to those findings.
"Policies that are good for America [and] that rely on free enterprise lead to less envy [and] less hostility," he tells OneNewsNow. "Policies that do the opposite of that lead to greater hate, lead to greater envy – and lead to the kind of disagreement that we saw certainly during eight years of Barack Obama."
Two other key issues that showed a notable (9%) improvement over January 2017 were "the nation's policies to reduce or control crime" and "the position of blacks and other racial minorities in the nation."
Cooper argues these areas of Americans' satisfaction will become even more obvious on Election Day.
"This will come as a shock to the left – this will surprise the media," he states. "But that means a lot of Americans are going to turn around and say 'Let's put away the socialism, let's put away the racial grievance industry, and let's focus on how we all can achieve and succeed.'"
Cooper is author of the new book "How Trump is Making Black America Great Again."
Editor's note: Image above is from the "Black Voices for Trump" rally in Atlanta on November 8, 2019. Pictured with the president are Atlanta business owners Calvin and Janelle King.