A new Gallup poll shows the vast majority of Americans are against slavery reparations for black Americans.
Overall, 67% are against the idea, and 29% are for it.
92% of Republicans are against reparations and Democrats are split fairly evenly with 49% support and 47% against.
Independent voters are 65% against, 32% for.
Sixty-seven percent said the government should not make such payments while 29 percent of respondents — including 73 percent of black respondents — said they were in favor of the push, according to the Gallup survey.
Race relations and economic inequality have become central topics of debate ahead of the 2020 election.
Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee(D-Texas) sponsored legislation in April that would set up a commission to explore reparations for African Americans whose ancestors suffered economically as a result of slavery and decades of Jim Crow-era laws.
Other White House contenders including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), have co-sponsored Booker’s bill.
While many Democratic presidential contenders have publicly supported the move, Democrats in the Gallup poll were split on the question of cash-based payments.
In the survey, 49 percent of Democrats were in favor of cash reparations and 47 percent were not.
By Jon Heltzel
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