Most oppose reparations for slavery: poll

Most oppose reparations for slavery: poll
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A new poll has found that a majority of Americans oppose the payment of reparations to the descendants of slaves.

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey found that 29 percent of Americans support the payment of cash reparations while 68 percent oppose such a move. 

Support for reparations was largely split along racial lines, as 74 percent of black respondents support them compared to 15 percent of white respondents. Forty-four percent of Hispanic respondents said they support reparations.  


Most respondents, 52 percent, also said the government should not apologize for the country's history of slavery, while 46 percent said it should apologize. 

This was also split along racial lines, as 35 percent of white, 77 percent of black and 64 percent of Hispanic respondents believe there should be an apology.

Researchers surveyed 1,286 people from Sept. 20-23. The margin of error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

In June, the House held a hearing on reparations, and bills have been introduced in the House and Senate that would create a commission to study whether descendants of slaves should receive reparations. 

The Senate bill was introduced by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerMaternal and child health legislation must be prioritized now Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (N.J.). 

Reparations has also been a topic of conversation in the Democratic primary. Candidates Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisPolitics must accept the reality of multiracial America and disavow racial backlash Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Bidens to attend Kennedy Center Honors following Trumps' absence MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren calls on big banks to follow Capital One in ditching overdraft fees Crypto firm top executives to testify before Congress Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker won't seek reelection MORE (D-Mass.) have said they support reparations. Others, like Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision Symone Sanders to leave the White House at the end of the year Briahna Joy Gray says Chris Cuomo will return to CNN following scandal MORE (I-Vt.) support studying reparations

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCongress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight House sets up Senate shutdown showdown Biden says he doesn't believe a government shutdown will happen MORE (R-Ky.), however, has expressed opposition to the idea of reparations.