Exceptional Political Participation among African Americans: Countering the Overall Decline
Emerson, Michael O.; Peifer, Jared L.
Americans, in general, have become less political active from 2006 to 2012. However, blacks have countered this trend with increased political participation. This black exceptionalism remains when narrowing the sample to respondents that voted for Obama in 2008. This suggests Obama’s status as the first black President is responsible for this increased political participation among blacks.