The majority of respondents in a new poll said the federal government should not provide reparations in the form of cash payments to the descendants of slaves.

Sixty-seven percent said the government should not make such payments while 29 percent of respondents — including 73 percent of black respondents — said they were in favor of the push, according to the Gallup survey.

Race relations and economic inequality have become central topics of debate ahead of the 2020 election.

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Presidential candidate Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerNew sitcom follows 'The Rock' as he runs for president in 2032 What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Democrats seek answers on impact of Russian cyberattack on Justice Department, Courts MORE (D-N.J.) and Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeK Street navigates virtual inauguration week Lobbying world Inauguration parties lose the glitz and glamour in 2021 MORE (D-Texas) sponsored legislation in April that would set up a commission to explore reparations for African Americans whose ancestors suffered economically as a result of slavery and decades of Jim Crow-era laws.

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While many Democratic presidential contenders have publicly supported the move, Democrats in the Gallup poll were split on the question of cash-based payments.

In the survey, 49 percent of Democrats were in favor of cash reparations and 47 percent were not.

An overwhelming majority of Republicans — 92 percent — said the government should not make cash payments to black Americans who are descendants of slaves. Only 5 percent said the government should.

The Gallup poll was conducted June 19 through July 12 among a random sample of 2,543 adults. It has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.