Nearly half (48%) of all U.S. adults say “a great deal/a lot” of progress has been made on voting rights for African Americans, according to an AP-NORC report published March 11.
According to 31% of respondents, “some” progress has been made, while 11% say that “only a little/none” has been made.
White respondents (52%) were far more likely than Black respondents (32%) to say the U.S. has seen “a great deal/a lot” of progress “in achieving equal treatment for African Americans in voting rights.”
By comparison, 33% of white respondents said “some” and 17% “only a little/none,” while among Black respondents 33% said “some” and 33% said “only a little/none.”
A similar pattern emerged when asked, “Is there more to be done to achieve equal treatment for African Americans in voting?”
A majority (57%) of Black respondents said, “Yes, a lot,” compared to 29% of white respondents, while a plurality (42%) of white respondents said, “No,” compared to only 12% of Black respondents. “Yes, a little” was the response of 30% of Black and 27% of white adults to this question.
“Most Black (61%) and Hispanic (56%) Americans consider voter suppression a major problem. Just 41% of white Americans agree that barring eligible voters from the ballot box is a major problem,” the report said. “Sixty percent of Democrats say that voter suppression is a major problem, while 66% of Republicans believe that people voting fraudulently is a major problem.”
One area of agreement is how respondents feel about U.S. democracy.
Very few said that the words “hopeful” (15%) or “proud” (13%) are good descriptors for how they feel “about the state of U.S. democracy these days,” while nearly half of all respondents said frustrated (48%) and worried (45%) described their sentiment “extremely/very well.”