NAACP BATTLEGROUND POLL: Democratic Advantage on Quality-of-Life Issues Substantial

(WASHINGTON)— Democrats poll strongly among African American voters on a host of key issues concerning personal well-being, such as jobs, education and economic opportunity, including poverty, public education, healthcare, and creating jobs. 

In terms of poverty, 65% of our respondents think that Democrats have worked hard to solve poverty issues, compared with only 7% who believe that Republicans have.  The results remain consistent among other key issues. Democrats also have an advantage on public education (78-15), healthcare (84-11), and creating jobs (74-14). 

However, when polled on mass incarceration rates, neither political party gained a clear advantage. Only 6% of respondents believe that the GOP is working to reduce the rate of imprisonment, compared with 30% who believe that Democrats are working on this issue.  Even for Democrats, however, the plurality (42%) think that Democrats are not addressing this issue.

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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