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New Poll: Black Voters Overwhelmingly Support Major Gun-Control Legislation

Washington, D.C. | August 22 – In the weeks following the historic bipartisan gun-control bill signed by President Biden, Black voters overwhelmingly support further, meaningful gun-control reforms. The July BlackTrack survey shows that a super-majority of Black voters support additional gun-control measures including an assault-weapons ban (73%), universal background checks (85%), a ban on high-capacity ammunition (76%), and a mandatory gun buyback program for assault weapons (73%). These numbers were even higher for Black voters over 50 and Black women. 

“Despite the historic nature of Joe Biden’s bipartisan gun-control law, Black voters still overwhelmingly support further gun-control measures that will keep deadly weapons out of the hands of domestic terrorists,” said Terrance Woodbury, a founding partner at HIT Strategies. “Democrats would be wise to continue to sound the alarm on Republican extremism around guns and underscore their support for gun-control reforms that will help keep communities of color safe.”

More Takeaways from August BlackTrack 

Black Voter Approvals 

  • President Joe Biden’s job performance approval numbers among all Black voters registered at 72%. 
  • President Biden’s approvals addressing the needs of Black people came in at 70% 
  • Democrats’ job performance approval numbers among all Black voters registered at 70% 
  • The Justices of the Supreme Court’s job performance approval registered at 41%
  • The number of Black voters who believe their vote has the power to make changes on their issue priorities was 55% 

This BlackTrack survey was fielded from July 20-25, 2022, conducted via an online opt-in panel, with a margin of error of +/-3.1% at a 95% confidence level. The information above represents selected data from the BlackTrack survey. Find more August BlackTrack analysis via the dashboard here. 

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 Black Americans’ 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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