A poll released Wednesday of likely North Carolina voters shows Donald Trump leading Hillary Clinton while at the same time gaining 32 percent of the black vote.
Trump is ahead among all polled voters with 46 percent, followed by Clinton with 42 percent and Libertarian nominee Gov. Gary Johnson at six percent, according to the Civitas poll. Seven percent of likely voters polled are undecided.
The GOP nominee is ahead with white voters with 47 percent, while Clinton has 38 percent of their support. While Clinton leads with black voters with 64 percent, but this poll shows Trump with larger support from the black vote than any other.
Trump is supported by 32 percent of likely black North Carolina voters, according to the poll. There is a margin of error of plus or minus 11.5 percent for Trump’s numbers with black voters. The most support a GOP presidential candidate has received from the black community in the last three decades is former President Gerald Ford’s 17 percent in 1976.
Trump has repeatedly said throughout the election that he will do very well with black voters. Most polls, however, show him polling below 10 percent among African-Americans.
Trump confidant Roger Stone has previously told The Daily Caller how Trump plans to get the black vote. “Trump personifies success. What African Americans want is a piece of the pie, they want a part of the American Dream. They don’t want to be employees, they want to be employers,” Stone said.
The last Civitas poll in late June showed Clinton ahead of Trump 42 percent to 40 percent. This one was conducted by telephone between July 31 and August 2. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 5 percent.