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  • Sixty-five percent of respondents said Black people will gain influence in Washington with Biden as president.
  • The survey also found that 63 percent of Americans expect women to attain more influence over the next four years.
  • Sixty percent said the same about gay and lesbian people.

Most Americans believe women, Black people and gay and lesbian people will gain more influence over the duration of the Biden administration as President Biden has prioritized diversity and inclusion, a Pew Research Center poll shows. 

The poll of 5,360 U.S. adults released Tuesday found that 65 percent of respondents said Black people will gain influence in Washington with Biden as commander in chief, while 14 percent said the group will lose influence and 20 percent say they will not be affected. 


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The survey also found that 63 percent of Americans expect women to attain more influence over the next four years, and 60 percent said the same about gay and lesbian people. Half or more said younger people, Hispanics and poor people would gain influence in Washington. 

Thirty-eight percent of respondents said white people will lose influence, while 46 percent believe they will be unaffected and 15 percent believe they would gain influence. 

Meanwhile, the survey found half of Americans believe evangelical Christians are destined to lose some influence with the new administration. The poll found 50 percent say they will lose influence, while 39 percent said they will be unaffected and 9 percent said they will gain influence in Washington.

The survey was conducted through the Pew Research Center’s nationally representative American Trends Panel from Jan. 8 through Jan. 12. 

The polling from Pew comes as Biden has taken steps to make his cabinet the most diverse in U.S. history. While Vice President Harris has made history as the first woman, Black American and South Asian American to serve in the role, Pete Buttigieg this week became the first openly gay Senate-confirmed cabinet member in U.S. history when he was sworn in as secretary of transportation. 

Alejandro Mayorkas this week became the first Latino and first immigrant to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and last month, Lloyd Austin became the first Black secretary of defense in U.S. history. 


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Published on Feb 04, 2021