POLL: Black Voters Are Far Less Excited About This Election Than 2012

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

While black voters feel that this election is important, they are far less enthusiastic about it compared to the 2012 election, a new poll reveals.

The poll, released Friday by the African American Research Collaborative, surveyed a total of 1,200 registered black voters, with 300 responses coming from a national sample and 300 responses coming from the three states Georgia, Nevada and Pennsylvania.

Fifty-four percent of national respondents said they were more excited about the 2012 election, while 20 percent said the same about the 2016 election. In Georgia, 60 percent of respondents had more enthusiasm during the 2012 election, contrasted with 18 percent who report more enthusiasm for the 2016 election.

Importance was another topic covered by the survey. Respondents in overwhelming numbers felt that the 2016 election is more important than the 2012 election. Fifty-six percent of national respondents believe that this election is more important, compared to only 8 percent who felt that 2012 was more important. Five percent of Pennsylvanian respondents said the 2012 election was more important, while 70 percent of those polled believe that the current election is more important.

Most respondents also believe that race relations in America have worsened over the past eight years. Forty-seven percent of national respondents said they had seen worse, and 21 percent believed race relations have improved.

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