African-Americans Unsure About Kerry, New Poll Says

July 7, 2008 - 8:21 PM

(CNSNews.com) - African-American voters are not enthusiastic about Sen. John F. Kerry, according to a national poll commissioned by BAMPAC - Black America's Political Action Committee, a conservative-leaning group.

Fewer than one in three black Americans "definitely" believe that Kerry is the best candidate to replace President Bush, the poll said.

Thirty-two percent said they would have preferred someone other than Sen. Kerry to replace President Bush (18 percent said they "probably" would have preferred someone other than Kerry to replace President Bush, while 14 percent said they "definitely" would have preferred someone other than Kerry to replace President Bush).

"The results show that while the majority of African Americans are in favor of selecting a new president, they are not completely sure that Senator John Kerry is the next best option," said BAMPAC President and CEO Alvin Williams said,

Wilson Research Strategies conducted the telephone poll between June 30 and July 4, among 800 African American registered voters.

Other key findings of the poll include:

-- Seventeen percent of African Americans believe that President Bush deserves reelection. The president's approval rating among African-Americans is 21 percent.

-- The most important issues to African Americans when choosing a candidate are the economy (34 percent); health care (12 percent) and education (11 percent)

-- Secretary of State Colin Powell is the most influential African American political figure, according to 38 percent of the respondents. Others listed included: Rev. Jesse Jackson (27 percent) and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice (8 percent).

Founded in 1994, BAMPAC describes itself as a non-partisan federal Political Action Committee committed to electing tomorrow's leaders today.

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