Twenty percent (20%) of voters nationwide favor having the U.S. government pay cash reparations for descendants of former slaves. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 63% are opposed and 17% are not sure.
Payment of reparations is supported by 10% of white voters but 63% of black voters (see crosstab results).
A split sample test was used on this question. Half the respondents were simply asked about paying reparations. The other half heard about the idea as compensation for slavery. There was no difference in response.
Sixteen percent (16%) favor imposing a special tax on descendants of slave owners, with the funds to be distributed to descendants of slaves.
Sixty-two percent (62%) believe that a significant portion of American wealth today is derived from slave labor. Seventy-one percent (71%) believe the legacy of slavery played a key role in creating today’s economic inequality between white and black Americans.
Seventy-nine percent (79%) at least somewhat agree that “slavery was a horrible part of American history, but there is nothing we can do about it anymore and it is time to move on.” Fifty-four percent (54%) Strongly Agree with that statement.
Eighty-six percent (86%) of white voters agree with that statement. So do 77% of Hispanic voters and 52% of black voters.
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The national survey of 1,002 Registered Voters was conducted April 3-4, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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