After a presentation on Black voter engagement last year, a prominent civil rights leader flatly told me, “Biden hasn’t done anything for Black people. We can’t carry his water.” His reaction mirrors the comments I hear among Black voters in many battleground focus groups. In one focus group of Black men in Ft. Lauderdale, 6 out of 8 men said their lives were better before Biden became President.

Data also backs up a common sentiment of disappointment. Between early 2021 and today, President Biden’s approval among Black voters dropped from 86% to 78%. And 72% of Black voters say their lives have not improved since Biden became President, with 18% saying their lives have worsened.