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Poll: Nearly 60% of voters oppose slavery reparation payments for black Americans

Less than one-third of poll respondents supported such reparations.

Published: March 11, 2021 11:50am

Updated: March 11, 2021 2:16pm

A solid majority of voters are opposed to extended cash payments to black Americans as reparations for the historical injustices of slavery, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

Nearly 60% of the voters express opposition to such a plan, which has been proposed and debated for several decades. Fewer than one-third of all voters support it. However, idea has renewed energy now that Democrats control the House, Senate and White House. The House again has a bill to appoint a reparations commission. 

President Biden supports the idea behind the bill, and Vice President Kamala Harris as a senator endorsed it.

Just 12% of voters in the new poll were unsure about where they stood on the idea.

Just the News Poll, March 11, 2021 Poll#5
Just the News Daily Poll
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Activists and others have argued over many years that black Americans have been preemptively disadvantaged by the 250-year-long institution of slavery that saw millions of black men, women and children enslaved throughout the country. 

The survey of 1,200 registered voters was conducted by Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from March 4-6, 2021.

Click here to see this poll's cross-demographic tabulations.

Click here to see the poll's methodology and sample demographics.