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Post-Election Poll: 2022 Midterm Black Voters Rank Economic Issues, Abortion, and Racism High Among Priorities.

Washington, D.C. | December 9 – Abortion and racism ranked high alongside economic concerns among the priorities of registered Black Voters who participated in the 2022 midterm elections, according to HIT Strategies’ latest poll of 1,000 registered Black voters who participated in the 2022 midterms. The poll sample included approximately 1,000 Black voters who had voted in the 2022 midterms elections rather than standard BlackTrack surveys, which track a sample of approximately 1,000 registered Black voters. 

Top Priority Issues for 2022 Midterm Black Voters 

  • 19% of respondents ranked inflation as the top issue determining their support.  
  • 15% ranked abortion as the top issue determining their support. 
  • 11% ranked jobs and the economy as the top issue determining their support 
  • 10% ranked racism as the top issue determining their support 
  • 10% ranked gun violence as the top issue determining their support 

Party Support by 2022 Midterm Black Voters 

  • 85% of 2022 Midterm Black voters said they supported Democratic candidates for House of Representatives  
  • 11% of 2022 Midterm Black voters said they supported Republican candidates for the House of Representatives. 
    • 17% of Black Voters Under 50 years old said they supported Republican candidates for the House of Representatives.  
    • 16% of Black Male Midterm Voters said they supported Republican candidates for House of Representatives. 

More Takeaways from Black 2022 Midterm Voters 

BlackTrack Tracking Questions Among Black Midterm Voters 

  • The number of 2022 Black midterm voters who approve of President Biden’s job performance came in at 81% 
  • 91% of 2022 Black midterm voters 50 and over approve of President Biden’s job performance compared to just 72% of voters under 50 
  • There was no gender gap in President Biden’s total approval rating 
  • The number of 2022 Black midterm voters who approve of the job that Democrats are doing in U.S. Congress came in at 80% 
  • 89% of 2022 Black midterm voters 50 and over approve of the Democrats in Congress’s job performance compared to just 72% of voters under 50 
  • 82% of Black women and 78% of Black men approved of the Democrats in Congress 
  • The number of 2022 Black midterm voters who feel their vote has power to make a change on issues that matter to them came in at 69% 
  • 70% of 2022 Black midterm voters 50 and over and 68% of Black voters under 50 believe their vote has power  
  • 73% of Black women believe their vote has power compared to just 63% of Black men 

Voting Method/Turnout 

  • Of the Black 2022 midterm participants who completed the survey on election day, 49% voted early, 30% voted on election day, and 21% had not voted at the time they completed the survey, but planned to vote on election day.  
  • Of those Black 2022 midterm participants who completed the survey after election day, 54% voted early while 46% voted on election day.  
    • Election Day voters were more likely to be young 
  • In a forced choice question in which Black voters had to select a reason for low voter turnout, 38% of Black voters laid the blame on voter suppression laws while 54% believed it was because many people had made a personal choice not to vote 

This BlackTrack survey of Black Midterm Voters was fielded via an online opt-in panel from November 8-11, 2022, with a margin of error of +/-3.1%. The information above represents selected data from the BlackTrack survey.  

About BlackTrack 
BlackTrack is HIT Strategies’ recurring monthly national survey of 1,000 Black voters ages 18+ on current social and political issues. BlackTrack tracks voters opinions and disaggregates the data into demographic groups to understand Black voters full diversity. The majority of BlackTrack data is proprietary and available for subscribers. For more information on previous data or to subscribe, go to hitstrat.com/blacktrack

About HIT Strategies  
As the only millennial and minority-owned public opinion research company, HIT Strategies maintains an unmatched cultural competence in understanding and communicating to young audiences and diverse communities like LGBTQ+ Black Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders.  We help our clients translate their target audience’s values, attitudes, and behaviors into real-time insights and messaging. For more information, visit hitstrat.com and follow us on social media @HITStrat   

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