President Donald Trump gestures while speaking during the first presidential debate Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, at Case Western University and Cleveland Clinic, in Cleveland, Ohio. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Following President Donald Trump’s strong performance in the final presidential debate, his job approval rating among a key group of voters took a significant leap.

Trump delivered an effective defense of his presidency and went on the offense against the record of his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, in Thursday’s debate and by Friday, his approval with black voters had soared to 46 percent. Rasmussen Report’s numbers on black voters saw an upsurge of more than 20 points in a matter of days for the president.

Trump’s attack on Biden’s record as a senator, and later as vice president, during the final presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee, may have helped hit the mark as he brought up the 1994 crime law.

“He’s been in government 47 years. He never did a thing. Except in 1994, when he did such harm to the black community and they were called, and he called them, ‘super predators’ and he said that, he said it, ‘super predators,’” Trump said of Biden during the debate.

Biden denied making the comments and fact-checkers pointed out that in 1993 he spoke of “predators on our streets,” and it was actually Hillary Clinton who referred to young gang members as “super-predators” in 1996 when she was speaking about the Crime Bill.

The president has targeted Biden with the remark and with his sponsorship of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.

During Thursday’s debate, the president reminded his opponent about the success of his administration in passing criminal-reform legislation, funding for historically black colleges and the record-low unemployment numbers among minorities achieved before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Rasmussen reported Trump’s black voter job approval numbers for the week on the morning after the debate, showing an impressive 46 percent  – after starting off the week with 25 percent.

According to FiveThirtyEight, Trump is “gaining ground” with black voters, especially younger black men:

While older Black voters look as if they’ll vote for Biden by margins similar to Clinton’s in 2016, Trump’s support among young Black voters (18 to 44) has jumped from around 10 percent in 2016 to 21 percent in UCLA Nationscape’s polling. Black voters remain an overwhelmingly Democratic-leaning constituency, but a notable reduction in their support could still be a problem for Biden.


Sports columnist Jason Whitlock noted this week that the false narrative that black men “can’t relate” to Trump is finally cracking and that the president has “clear momentum” with black men as Election Day draws near.

“I think we have been carrying on a façade for three-and-a-half years as black men that somehow we can’t relate to Donald Trump, that we didn’t celebrate him in hip-hop music for decades, that he wasn’t friends with countless black athletes, entertainers, celebrities,” Whitlock said on Fox News.

“Look, the masculinity of Trump, he represents the patriarchy, he’s not politically correct,” the OutKick columnist told host Tucker Carlson. “Those are things, I’m sorry, that a lot of black men can relate to and it’s not really surprising to me that he’s starting to make headway in that direction.”

Earlier this month, Trump’s 2020 campaign released a video advertisement highlighting the president’s positive impact on the black community.