Poll Finds Most Black Women Say They’re Scared to Walk Alone At Night
According to a new poll, fewer than half of Black women in the United States (46 percent) feel safe walking alone at night in their neighborhood, compared to nearly three-quarters of Black men (75 percent) and 73 percent of U.S. adults overall.
According to polling data from Gallup, Black women are also more likely than Black men to report abuse because of their race. They are also less likely than Black men to say they believe they will get fair and respectful treatment in interactions with law enforcement.
When interacting with police in their neighborhood, two out of three Black women (67 percent) believe they will be treated fairly and with respect – quite lower than the national average (86 percent).
When asked, "If you had an interaction with police in your area, do you think they would treat you fairly and with respect, or not?" two out of three Black women (67 percent) believe they will be treated fairly and with respect – quite lower than the national average (86 percent).
Particularly troubling in the survey, one in every four Black women (25 percent) reports being treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity in the last 30 days, which is greater than the nearly one in every five Black men (19 percent).
According to new research published in JAMA Network Open by University of Pennsylvania, majority Black communities have higher gun homicide rates than mostly white neighborhoods of the same socioeconomic status level.
The Gallup survey on Black women is based on a Gallup Panel web study completed by 34,205 U.S. adults aged 18 and older between September 6 and 22, 2022. The information was compiled from a sample group of 1,060 Black women and 772 Black men.