NEW POLL: 17% of Georgia’s African-American Voters Experience Voter Suppression

New Georgia Project/Change Research Poll Finds that 41% of African-American Voters in Georgia Know Someone Who Has Experienced Voter Suppression

Atlanta — A New Georgia Project/Change Research poll released today finds that too many black voters experienced voter suppression and difficulty while voting in 2018. The data analyzes voters based upon their candidate choice for Georgia’s gubernatorial election.

The poll comes as all 159 counties in Georgia are required to certify their election results by tomorrow, November 13.

“Too many Georgians — especially black voters — were systematically locked out of our democracy and denied their fundamental right to vote,” said Nse Ufot, executive director of the New Georgia Project. “These suppressive actions are damaging to our state and sadly, the data shows the public’s lack of faith in Georgia’s ability to conduct fair elections. Our state leaders must do the right thing and count every vote.”

Results from the New Georgia Project/Change Research poll include:

  • 64% of Abrams voters don’t trust the results of Tuesday’s election, while 66% Kemp’s voters do.
  • 41% of African American voters and 15% for white voters know someone who has experienced voter suppression. 46% of Abrams voters and just 4% for Kemp voters know someone who has experienced voter suppression.
  • 46% of African-American voters and 31% of white voters believe that ballots cast during early voting are not safe and secure and that there is too much opportunity for fraud. A near majority (49%) of Abrams voters and just 25% of Kemp voters believe that ballots cast during early voting are not safe and secure and that there is too much opportunity for voter fraud.
  • 17% of African- American voters say they have experienced a time when someone put up barriers at the polling place or in registering to vote that kept them from voting in an election compared to 4% of white voters.
  • 16% of Abrams voters say they have experienced voter suppression, a percentage more than five times higher than for Kemp voters.
  • Only 68% of Abrams voters say they had a “very easy” time getting to the polls and casting a ballot while 89% of Kemp voters said the same.

Please read the full poll results here.

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Polling was conducted online from November 10 through 11, 2018. Using its Bias Correct Engine to attain a sample reflective of the electorate in each region, Change Research polled 2,233 2018 voters in Georgia. Post-stratification weights were made on age, gender, race, region, and 2018 vote to reflect the distribution of 2018 voters within the state.

About THE NEW GEORGIA PROJECT

The New Georgia Project is a non-partisan effort to register and civically engage the rising electorate in Georgia. Visit newgeorgiaproject.org and follow NewGAProject. Contact: Kristal Swim, ngp@allisonpr.com, 404.832.7163

About Change Research

Change Research provides fast, affordable, and accurate polling to forward-thinking campaigns and causes across the country. Since our launch in July 2017, Change Research has worked with hundreds of candidates, campaigns, and causes. Learn more at changeresearch.com and follow @changepolls.