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Poll: Black Women Are Most Worried About 2016 Election Outcome

Nearly 3 in 4 African American women are “strongly” afraid of what will happen if their presidential candidate loses this year’s election race, a recent Gallup poll has found.

According to the findings, more than half of all Americans strongly agreed that they feared the outcome of the election between Trump and Clinton, the presumptive nominees for 2016. Out of that number, 72 percent of Black women felt that way, and that’s far more than Black men, white and Hispanic men and women.

In the 2008 and 2012 elections, Black women voted at a higher rate than any of these groups. Seventy-four percent of eligible African American female voters casted ballots in the most recent contest. If motivated by fear, they could play a major role in choosing the next president.

Below are other key findings of the report.

  • Overall, 66 percent of Blacks “strongly agree” that the stakes in this presidential election are higher than in previous years
  • 55 percent of Black men fear “strongly agree” what will happen if their candidate for president does not win
  • The gender gap is smaller among whites and virtually non-existent among Hispanics

Results for the poll are based on telephone interviews conducted June 7 – July 1, 2016 with a sample of 3,270 adults, aged 18 and older. Click here for the full report.

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