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UCLA-Led Survey Examines Racial Differences in Public Policy Views

A major survey conducted after the 2016 election led by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, in conjunction with scholars at the University of Maryland, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, shows widespread racial differences in public policy issues involving health care, climate change, federal spending, immigration, education and other issues.

The survey of more than 10,000 adults found that a majority of all racial ethnic groups believed that Obamacare should be amended but not repealed. But African American support for Obamacare was significantly higher than among White Americans. All racial and ethnic groups supported higher taxes on the rich and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But Black support for these issues was higher than it was among Whites.

Blacks were more likely than other racial and ethnic groups to support a ban on gay marriage. Some 80 percent of all Black respondents wanted the government to spend more on public education compared to 61 percent of Whites. Less than half of White respondents wanted the government to take action against climate changed compared to 62 percent of Blacks.

A video about the survey may be viewed below.


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