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This month The Washington Post conducted a poll (using a random sample 0f 1,020 people) asking one open-ended question: Why do most black voters so consistently support Democrats? Each party (Republican, Independent, Democratic) was asked the question, but each party provided a drastically different opinion as to why they believe African Americans vote for Democratic candidates.
Although “don’t know” was the leading response for all parties, a close second among Republicans was that black voters are dependent on government or seeking a hand out. On the other hand, Democrats cited the reason being that their party addresses issues of poverty. Lastly, Independents cited support of welfare/entitlements/healthcare.
The additional responses Republicans gave are: Supportive of welfare/entitlements, Parents voted Democratic/taught to vote democratic, Uninformed/ignorant/uneducated, and More helpful to African Americans. The additional responses Democrats gave are: More helpful to African Americans/ Party represents average people/workers over business, Issue of civil rights/help minorities, and Democrats more helpful to society as a whole. The additional responses Independents gave are: Government dependents/want something for nothing/welfare, Issues of poverty/help poor/represent little guy, More helpful to African Americans, Issue of civil rights/help minorities.
Exit polls from 2008 reveal that 90% of GOP voters were white. Nonwhite voters favored Obama over Romney by better than three to one in a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll from early August; 74% of Latino voters and 90% of African Americans support President Obama. Although this year’s Republican National Convention featured prominent African American figures; Mia Love, Artur Davis, and Condoleeza Rice, only 2% of convention delegates were African American. According to an analysis by David Bositis of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, only two members of the 165-member RNC are black and that none of the leaders of the committees responsible for drafting the GOP platform and adopting the convention rules are black.