NAACP BATTLEGROUND POLL: AFRICAN AMERICANS BELIEVE STRONGLY IN SELF-RELIANCE TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS

(WASHINGTON)— According to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) election eve battleground state poll, African Americans believe strongly in self-reliance to achieve success, but still see an important role for government in solving problems.

Eighty-One percent of respondents believe that success in this country depends on self-reliance and determination, while only 14% disagree. Respondents, however, believe that the federal government has a role to play in key areas, including education (95%), health care (96%), and job creation (96%).

The date is consistent with earlier polling of African Americans and other demographics on role of government and self-reliance questioning.

The issue of voting rights—which has attracted significant attention with voter ID laws, vote suppression, and the reduction of early voting in states across the country—remains a point of concern for African American voters.  A total of 94% of the NAACP’s respondents think there is an important role for the federal government in protecting voting rights, with 65% answering “definitely yes.”

The NAACP will release key data from the poll throughout the day and will release the horse race results as polls come to a close.

Latest Data Released:

The NAACP battleground poll interviewed 1,600 African American voters who have already voted, or were certain to vote in the November 6, 2012 presidential election.  Interviews were conducted via telephone with live callers from November 1-5, 2012. For the 4 individual states (Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Georgia), a minimum of 400 interviews were completed to provide state-specific reliable estimates, and each state is weighted to reflect the known Census demographics for African American voters. The combined four state sample carries an overall margin of error of 2.5%, while each individual state carries a margin of error of 4.9%. Interviewing was administered and overseen by Pacific Market Research.

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