Polls show that Democrats support "racial justice" ideas like equal prison sentences and slavery reparations at substantially higher rates than Republicans. For example, while reparations is opposed by the majority of Americans across polls, a third of Democrats and half of Black Americans support it in a poll. Half of black Americans forms only about 10 percent of Democratic voters, and this poll placed support at 1/3 among Democrats.

What I am asking is how much when breaking down by political affiliation AND race, support for racial reforms is different among say non-white Democrats vs non-white Republicans.

Notes: certain segments may be hard to measure, such as Black or Asian Republicans, because they are such small portions of the population (both of those two is about one to three percent of the voting population each). Also, this is not designed to forward one side or another's political agenda. This question might be complicated and have a long answer because there are multiple racial issues, and I think some will fall along racial lines more than others. The reason this question is relevant is that polling talks about how racial and partisan groups view issues, which can be problematic since the two intersect in a statistically relevant way. For example, non-whites are substantially more likely to be Democrats, which means when Democrats and people of color support a given racial reform idea and Republicans and white people oppose it, it is hard to tell whether it is racial, partisan, or both.

  • "equal prison sentences" - what does it mean?
    – markvs
    Nov 12, 2021 at 17:02
  • @markvs it means that there is an observable racial disparity in sentencing. I.e. on average a white person receives a milder sentence for the same crime than what a black person receives.
    – Caleth
    Nov 12, 2021 at 17:07

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Here is one example, regarding the trial of Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter for the murder of George Floyd.

Here is the source that Wikipedia gets it from.

Three in four Americans share the view that the jury reached the right verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin. Among White Americans, 90% of Democrats polled believe the right verdict was reached while only 54% of Republicans find the guilty decision to be correct. 93% of Black Americans agree with the decision. Polling shows that of the 25% who believe that the jury did not reach the right decision, they also "strongly disagree" with the beliefs of the Black Lives Matter movement. They largely identify as conservative, they are composed of more men than women, and they are disproportionately White. President Biden had a 60% approval rating for his handling of matters surrounding Floyd's murder and Chauvin's trial, similar to his overall job rating of his first 100 days in office.

While this may vary on other racial issues, there is a clear party-line divide here by race.

  • I believe the majority of people that disagree with the verdict is because the magnitude of the "excess justice exerted by the juries" is nearing the "excess of the force exerted by Derek Chauvin. If a fair question (more than just "yes" or "no") was asked, the result would be quite different.
    – r13
    Nov 12, 2021 at 22:15
  • There are several components that need to be evaluated before reaching a reasonable conclusion. If the question was asked this way - do you 1) support the presence of police in this case; 2) support the use of force to subdue an unruly person that is physically powerful and mentally influenced by drug; 3) agree that Derek Chauvin has exerted an excessive force that directly or indirectly caused the tragic death of George Floyd; 4) agree that Derek Chauvin is guilty of manslaughter, and 5) agree that a jail sentence is justified? We'll see quite different answers from every ethnic group.
    – r13
    Nov 12, 2021 at 22:45
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    It is wrong to paint the "black communities" are unified against the police, while not in love with, the sane black person recognizes the necessity of the presence of police force to protect them the inner-city crimes and acts of violence that mostly happen in the black majority communities in a daily basis. Examples - Chicago, New York, LA... All Democratic cities.
    – r13
    Nov 12, 2021 at 22:58
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    @r13 This source is not saying that "black communities" are unified against the police. It is saying that 93% of black persons polled agree with the verdict against Chauvin.
    Nov 12, 2021 at 23:02
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    @markvs There may be lots of folks not registered with either party, but only 7% don't identify with one (source) Nov 13, 2021 at 7:00

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