BET Poll Takes the Pulse of Black Voters in Key States

Survey clarifies where African-Americans stand on a range of issues.

Posted: 09/04/2012 03:23 PM EDT

BET is encouraging all African-Americans to vote as if their lives depend on it "because in many cases it really does," said Debra Lee, BET Networks chairman and chief executive, during a discussion of a BET News at the Democratic National Convention.

The poll surveyed African-American voters in battleground states and was conducted by Democratic strategist and pollster Cornell Belcher. It documents where Black voters stand on both social and economic issues that are being debated by President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and by politicians at congressional and state levels.

"Our poll is the deepest exploration to date of the views of Black voters. It clarifies the African-American community's increasing alienation from the Republican Party, despite alignment on some socially conservative issues," said Lee. "Most revealing, [it] confirms a clear distinction between personal beliefs and voting issues and understanding how African-Americans cast their ballots."

Lee also noted that in what she predicts will be another historic election year, African-American voters will help determine the outcome of elections in several states.


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