On October 14th, ESSENCE and Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), released their 6th annual “Power of the Sister Vote” poll. The BWR/ESSENCE Poll is conducted annually to gauge the political concerns, attitudes and opinions of Black women across the country and identify what Black women want for their vote from presidential candidates in 2020.
The 2020 BWR/ESSENCE Poll shows that:
- Black women are overwhelmingly concerned about survival, safety and stability when it comes to issues impacting Black communities.
- The overall top three issues Black women believe are adversely impacting US Democracy are Racism/Rise in Hate Crimes; Corruption in Government; and Voting Rights/Voter Suppression Tactics.
- Black women identify “reducing structural/systemic racism” and “policing and criminal justice reform” as the top two issues they want presidential candidates to commit to addressing to win their vote, followed by “Eradicating COVID-19” and “Protecting the safety net (Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security).”
The poll also shows Black women respondents overwhelmingly favor the Biden/Harris Ticket (90%), while giving the current president a failing grade for the fourth straight year (80%).
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3rd