The Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA released a groundbreaking poll of Black voters in Los Angeles County, a community that will be a major factor in the California presidential primary in 2020.
The poll of more than 2,300 Black registered voters in Los Angeles County is one of the largest surveys of Black voters in a geographic area. The findings reveal that Black voters are highly engaged in civic affairs, voting and charitable giving, and are decidedly concerned with homelessness, affordable housing and transportation policy issues. The poll also details Black voters’ disapproval of President Donald Trump and how they are lining up around the Democratic presidential candidates in the run-up to the all-important California primary in March 2020.
“We have a tremendous opportunity leading up to the 2020 election to engage people around key issues that they care about, to pull in those people who may not be a part of the process or may not be civically engaged, to ensure that we get robust turnout going forward,” said Shakari Byerly, partner and lead researcher for Los Angeles-based public opinion research firm EVITARUS, which conducted the poll. “It is about participation, it is about having a voice, it is about highlighting and elevating the importance of every community, especially the Black community.”
The poll is part of a groundbreaking multiyear PBI project to survey four major racial and ethnic populations in Los Angeles County: the Asian American, Latino, African American and Jewish communities.
The polls of Asian American and Latino voters were released in 2016, and the poll of Jewish voters was released in October. Visit the Pat Brown Institute website for more information on the poll.