WASHINGTON, D.C. — Recently (Oct. 31, 2016) the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) and Howard University announced the results of the 2016 Howard University/NNPA National Black Voter Poll. Nearly 90 percent of Black voters plan to cast ballots for Hillary Clinton and two percent plan to vote for Donald Trump, according to the poll.
The HU/NNPA national polling center, located on the campus of Howard University, made over 21,200 telephone calls across the United States from October 23, 2016 to October 30, 2016.
The HU/NNPA National Black Voter Poll revealed that the top issues influencing Black voters included the economy and jobs, income inequality, race and race relations, college affordability and high quality education in pre-kindergarten.
Howard University faculty and students from multiple departments and disciplines including economics, political science, sociology, communications and media studies, were represented in the coordinated effort.
“This multi-disciplinary team has drawn on its expertise to develop a comprehensive polling instrument designed to assess the opinions of Black Americans on the presidential candidates and other important issues facing the Black community and the nation,” said Terri Adams-Fuller, the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Howard University.
Highlights from the HU/NNPA National Black Voter Poll:
* 94% of those polled plan to vote in the upcoming election
of those who plan to vote:
* 89.8% for Clinton
* 2% for Trump
* 0% for Johnson
* 0% for Stein
* 7.2% for another candidate
The respondents also identified their party affiliations:
* 82 % Identify as Democrat
* 2% Identify as Re-publican
* 9% Identify as In-dependent (67% normally vote for Democrats, 5% normally vote Republican, 28% normally don’t vote for either major party)
* 7% Identify as Other
“As a result of this poll, candidates and those who will be successful in occupying the White House and controlling Congress will know the prioritized issues and nuanced concerns of the Black community,” said Rubin Patterson, the chairman of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. “We hope that these findings will shape their policy and legislative agendas starting next year.”
Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA, said that the NNPA-HU National Black Voter Poll is timely and very significant for Black America.
“The fact that 94 percent of Black Americans polled indicated that they intend to vote on November 8, or have already voted during the early voting period is indicative of the importance of the right to vote in Black America at a time when there has been inaccurate speculation about how Blacks in United States view the 2016 national elections,” said Chavis.
Chavis added: “This poll provides clarity on the national issues and the candidates for President of the United States. The poll verifies that Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming favorite of Black American voters over Donald Trump.”