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New poll reveals COVID-19’s impacts on African American communities

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Posted at 4:31 PM, May 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-19 16:35:31-04

WASHINGTON — The African American Research Collaborative (AARC) in partnership with the NAACP and the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at Yale School of Medicine presented new polling detailing the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on African American communities.

The poll is the first of its kind, with a deep dive into how African Americans are responding to the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

AARC polled a large national sample of African Americans and developed the questions in consultation with a group of leading African American university-based scholars from the fields of public health, law, education, political science, and sociology.

Among the important findings:

  • 80% of those polled preferred to hold off on ending the shutdown to assure their safety ahead of boosting the economy
  • 64% of African Americans agree they are less likely than Whites to be offered Coronavirus/COVID-19 testing and 60% agree they are less likely than Whites to have everything done to save their lives in the hospital
  • 80% of African Americans think that President Trump has done a poor job of responding to the Coronavirus pandemic, with 59% saying the same about the federal government
  • 75% of African Americans think that Donald Trump is the single most dangerous threat to African American people
  • 66% believe that race is a factor in police treatment in regards to re-open protestors, and that 58% do not trust police to fairly and equally enforce rules about social distancing.

“This poll brings attention to the true sentiment of Black communities within this pandemic and beyond. The impact of this virus will only further harm our community while increasing racial disparities and structural bias across the board. This moment calls for us to trust and listen to the community most impacted by COVID-19," said Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP.

For the full polling results, click here.