Report | Gender Equality · Civil Rights

Black Girl Magic

Black women drive turnout for the black community and are one of the most progressive voting blocs in the country. They demonstrate high levels of support for progressive issues such as police reform, raising the minimum wage and protecting Social Security. Moreover, the majority of black women have an economically liberal view of government. Sixty-six percent of black women polled believe that the government should implement policies to shrink the gap between the rich and poor compared with 50% of all voters. Without black women, Barack Obama would not have won the White House in 2012. Black women voters delivered the key battleground states of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida for Obama, where he picked up 67 additional electoral votes. Without those states, Obama would have been five electoral votes shy of winning the presidency, and the black community would have lost the progressive policies ushered in by his leadership.

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