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New Poll: Job Creation Top Priority for African American and Hispanic Voters

More than a quarter of respondents agree that criminal justice reform should be a presidential priority

WASHINGTON — According to a new poll released by the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), the majority of African American and Hispanic voters said creating jobs should be the top priority for the Obama Administration over a number of other potential choices, including improving on its already impressive environmental achievements.  Another top choice among those polled was reforming the criminal justice system, an interesting note as President Obama has spent time in recent weeks talking about this important policy issue.

“The message to the President was clear: job creation and economic growth in the African American and Hispanic communities should be priorities,” said Paula R. Jackson, AABE President and CEO. “As the Obama Administration moves forward with considering new environmental regulations, such as the proposed ozone rule, I would urge them to take into consideration the disproportionate economic impact these regulations would have on minority communities – especially in urban areas – across our country. We applaud and support the President’s commitment to bringing hope and opportunity to traditionally alienated populations; and we want to work together to ensure government regulations don’t needlessly harm the pathways to success for urban communities.”

Key findings in the poll include the following:

  • 66% of registered African American voters and 61% of Hispanic voters said that creating jobs should be a top priority.
  • More than a quarter of respondents agreed that reforming the criminal justice system should be among the President’s top two priorities.
  • Only 3% of African American voters and 4% of Hispanic voters said improving air quality should be a top priority.
  • When told that the proposed air quality standards may increase their utility bills, or increase the utility bills of African Americans, Hispanics and lower-income Americans, 46% of African American voters and 54% of Hispanic voters surveyed said they are less likely to support the standards. 

The poll, conducted by Morning Consult, surveyed 1,157 African American registered voters and 1,094 Hispanic registered voters. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of ±3%.