Black voters are expected to play a key role in the 2020 Democratic primary, and in a large primary field, reaching these voters will be important to any campaign that wants to stay competitive. A new poll shows exactly what black voters want and what candidates will need to do to reach them.
A poll released this week by BlackPAC, an organization that does election polling and has led black voter engagement efforts in recent elections in Virginia and Alabama, finds that more than halfway into the Trump presidency, black voters are looking to push the country “back on track.” For registered black voters, this means supporting candidates that will address racism and discrimination, as well as produce tangible improvements in areas like health care, the economy, and police accountability.
BlackPAC’s findings also note that the two candidates with the most name recognition among black voters — former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders — also enjoy the highest favorability and greatest support among those polled. But BlackPAC cautions that these standings could change as candidates release policy plans and discuss how they plan to help black communities.
“Name identification, which is driving support for candidates at this point, will be insufficient for decisively winning the Black electorate — and subsequently, securing the nomination,” Adrianne Shropshire, the executive director of BlackPAC, said in a statement. “Candidates must use this critical window to define their campaigns around these concerns.”