Whites and African Americans differ sharply on whether descendants of slaves should receive reparations, according to an April HuffPost/YouGov poll of U.S. registered voters. Sixty-nine percent of whites oppose government cash payments to descendants, while 58 percent of blacks support the idea. Fifty-six percent of whites also oppose forming a commission to study reparations, but 65 percent of blacks back the idea. Figures may not add to 100 because of rounding. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3.3 percent.

Source: “HuffPost: Legacy of Slavery,” HuffPost/YouGov, April 8–9, 2019, pp. 8, 10, https://tinyurl.com/y3ub6aq3

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Question and Answer Percentage of All Registered Voters Percentage of White Registered Voters Percentage of Black Registered Voters Percentage of Hispanic Registered Voters
Should the U.S. government make cash payments to descendants of slaves? Yes 20% 13% 58% 18%
Should the U.S. government make cash payments to descendants of slaves? No 59% 69% 17% 48%
Should the U.S. government make cash payments to descendants of slaves? Not sure 21% 19% 26% 34%
Should the U.S. government form a commission to study reparations? Yes 31% 23% 65% 37%
Should the U.S. government form a commission to study reparations? No 48% 56% 14% 35%
Should the U.S. government form a commission to study reparations? Not sure 22% 20% 21% 27%

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