Poll: Most Americans Oppose Slavery Reparations

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 25th, 2019 2:48 pm

Last Updated Nov 14th, 2019 at 2:51 pm

A new poll has revealed a divide on the issue of paying reparations to the descendants of enslaved black people in the U.S.

Although only 29 percent of Americans overall said they believe the U.S. government should pay cash reparations, according to a poll from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, results are deeply split between racial and ethnic groups.

Black Americans were more likely to favor reparations at 74 percent, while only 15 percent of white Americans shared the sentiment. Less than half of Hispanics — 44 percent — favored reparations.

A majority of Americans also oppose a government apology for slavery, with 46 percent in favor and 52 percent opposing. However, racial divides also appear in responses, with 64 percent of white Americans opposing and 77 percent of black Americans and 64 percent of Hispanics in favor of a government apology.


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