Black Voters Look For Change in '92
IN a June 1992 poll by Home Box Office and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a public-policy research group in Washington D.C. that focuses on minority issues, 750 black voters were asked about various topics. Among the results: National politics
88 percent are dissatisfied with the nation's direction.
* 77 percent disapprove of President Bush's performance.
* 65 percent support term limits.
* 61 percent percent back Clarence Thomas's Supreme Court nomination. The 1992 election
* Mr. Bush received a favorable/unfavorable rating of 28/60 percent. Dan Quayle was given a favorable/unfavorable rating of 25/56 percent.
* Bill Clinton received a favorable/unfavorable rating of 57/21 percent. (Sen. Albert Gore Jr. was not yet named as Clinton's running mate).
* Perot was favored only 35/26. 39 percent had no opinion of him. Health insurance
* 91 percent support guaranteed health-insurance coverage. Education
* Only a third were aware of education-voucher programs; of that number, 88 percent backed "school choice."
* 75 percent support "back to basics."
* 80 percent support Afrocentric education.
* 63 percent support special schools for young black men. Abortion and welfare
* 17 percent oppose abortion under all circumstances; 47 percent support abortion with some restrictions; 33 percent support abortion in all circumstances.
* 57 percent agree that "single mothers on welfare who had additional children should not receive additional benefits"; 36 percent disagree. Crime and gun control
* 70 percent support a ban on the sale of assault-type weapons and semi-automatic rifles.
* 48 percent back the death penalty; 42 percent oppose it. The Los Angeles riots
* 9 percent say they were justified.
* 36 percent condemned the rioters.
* 50 percent were ambivalent.