By Jim Roope, CNN
(CNN) – “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" That commonly-asked question of modern presidential elections is being answered in the negative by some African-Americans.
[:54] “The last four years for me, have been difficult. They’ve been hard.”
Angela Collins is a mother of six. She has a 12-year-old and a 16 year-old still at home, two more kids in college and two grown kids out on their own.
Collins is a hairdresser at a salon called, Hairitage, in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Inglewood.
Collins's business is also way down and she says her family has had to cut back to bare necessities.
She says she’s disappointed that President Obama did not deliver on many of his promises to improve the economy and education.
Still, African American support of Barack Obama is at 90-percent. That's according to a recent poll by Pew Research. Although Pew’s Associate Director Carroll Doherty says 11-percent of likely African-American voters say they are disappointed in the president’s first four years.
[3:51] "Obama has clearly lost some support among his base. He had strong support among women; that’s down a little bit from where it was in 2008. I think the one element of his base that’s remained pretty steady and consistent and overwhelmingly supportive is African-Americans."
Author, political analyst, community leader, and activist Earl Ofari Hutchinson says Collins’s story is one he hears all the time. And even if the expectations on President Obama were too high four years ago, he says Obama had to deliver.
[2:24] “If you don’t deliver, I mean immediately deliver because expectations are not something that just stretch out over time, they want immediate results. They want to see immediate action. They want to see something visual and tangible.”
He says what has led to some disillusionment is the fact that, when President Obama comes to Los Angeles, it's usually for a fundraiser with the rich and he fails to connect with his core supporters in the black community.
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