Q: As the 2000 presidential election approaches, is there any indication as to which democratic candidate African Americans are leaning toward?
St. George, South Carolina
A: It’s still early, but at least one recent poll indicates African Americans are more likely than other Democrats to back Al Gore.
An Associated Press poll finds that the vice president has strong support among blacks. Gore was favored by 57% of black respondents who identified themselves Democrats or leaning Democratic, while former New Jersey senator Bill Bradley was favored by 24%. Among all voters, Gore’s lead is narrower, 43% vs. 32%.
Analysts suggest that these results are to be expected: black voters generally are loyal Democrats. The telephone poll of 1,023 people, conducted by ICR of Media, Pennsylvania, has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.
The poll also found that just under half of blacks said it wouldn’t make much of a difference to them personally if
a Democrat or Republican wins the election. The same percentage of whites agreed.