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 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 (N.J.). 

Reparations has also been a topic of conversation in the Democratic primary. Candidates Sens. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisSen. Patrick Leahy returns home after being hospitalized What the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Vice President Harris receives second dose of COVID-19 vaccine MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis Financial firms brace for Biden's consumer agency chief Tim Ryan says he's 'looking seriously' at running for Portman's Senate seat MORE (D-Mass.) have said they support reparations. Others, like Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWhat the shift in Senate control means for marijuana policy reform Business groups prepare for lobbying push against minimum wage Schumer: Senate could pave way for reconciliation on COVID relief next week MORE (I-Vt.) support studying reparations

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHumanist Report host criticizes 'conservative Democrats:' They 'hold more power' than progressives Dobbs: Republicans lost in 2020 because they 'forgot who was the true leader' Biden's Cabinet gradually confirmed by Senate MORE (R-Ky.), however, has expressed opposition to the idea of reparations.