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A majority of Americans oppose paying reparations to descendants of slaves, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll.

The survey found that 56 percent of registered voters were in agreement that reparations were not necessary because these “harms have been been adequately compensated.” Twenty percent of respondents said they were in favor of reparations, while 24 percent said they were unsure.

The idea was a divisive issue among voters along party lines.

Eighty-one percent of Republicans opposed reparations, compared to 36 percent of Democrats. More than half of Independents — 57 percent — meanwhile said the same.

When broken by race, the poll showed that 55 percent of black voters support some form of compensatory payment, compared to only 11 percent of white voters.

The poll also found that the older voters were, the less inclined they are to support the notion.

Sixty-nine percent of Americans 65 and older said that there were not in favor of reparations.

Reparations has become a topic of debate in the Democratic presidential primary.

A number of 2020 candidates, including former Texas Congressman Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeTexas Republican criticizes Cruz for Cancun trip: 'When a crisis hits my state, I'm there' Progressives target 'Cancun Cruz' in ad to run on 147 Texas radio stations 'Get off TV': Critics blast Abbott over handling of Texas power outages following winter storm MORE and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, have voiced some level of support for reparations, saying the issue should be further reviewed. 

Presidential candidate Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.) introduced legislation earlier this year to study granting reparations to African Americans.

The bill boasts 15 co-sponsors so far and six of these co-sponsors are Booker's fellow Democratic contenders. This includes Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTo unite America, Biden administration must brace for hate Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Grassley to vote against Tanden nomination MORE (D-Calif.), Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandCapito asks White House to allow toxic chemicals rule to proceed Lobbying world The Memo: Punish Trump or risk a repeat, warn Democrats MORE (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm Becerra says he wants to 'build on' ObamaCare when pressed on Medicare for All MORE (D-Mass.), Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats to keep minimum wage hike in COVID-19 relief bill for Friday vote Sanders slams parliamentarian decision on minimum wage Parliamentarian nixes minimum wage hike in coronavirus bill MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOpen-ended antitrust is an innovation killer FBI, DHS and Pentagon officials to testify on Capitol riot Five big takeaways on the Capitol security hearings MORE (D-Minn.), and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocrats: Minimum wage isn't the only issue facing parliamentarian Democrats plan crackdown on rising drug costs Overnight Health Care: Biden officials announce funding to track virus variants | Senate Dems unveil public option proposal | White House: Teacher vaccinations not required for schools to reopen MORE (D-Colo.). 

Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson LeeObama says reparations 'justified' House Judiciary split on how to address domestic extremism The Hill's Morning Report - Democrats ready mammoth relief bill for 10-day sprint MORE (D-Texas), meanwhile, has introduced a companion bill in the House.

However, neither bill takes a position on paying reparations to descendants of slaves.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 1,000 registered voters from June 29-30. The sampling margin of error of this poll was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn