A recent poll revealed that women of color represent a powerful voting bloc for the Democratic Party. The survey discovered that women of color found it imperative to vote in the 2018 midterm elections due to the high stakes. They overwhelmingly supported Democratic candidates at all levels.
Nine out of ten women of color voters (89 percent) reported that they planned to vote in the 2018 elections “because the stakes were too high not to,” the poll by SKDKnickerbocker found. Women across all ethnicities were adamant about the need to vote, according to the survey.
“I wanted to change what is going on in our country,” one respondent said. “The only way is to make your voice heard by voting.”
Another respondent specifically said she wanted to send a message to the White House that the administration’s behavior was “unacceptable.” “To take back our country, we need to change and to let Republicans know they’re taking us in the wrong direction,” the respondent added.
A majority of women of color voters supported Democrats in 2018, with respondents reporting that they actively voted for Democratic candidates instead of against the Republican candidates. About seven out of ten women of color voters said they supported Democratic candidates not as a vote against Republicans.
Black women were perhaps the biggest supporters of Democratic candidates, with 90 percent supporting Democrats in Senate and gubernatorial races, and 92 percent voting for Democrats in the House of Representatives. Latinas and women who identify as Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) also largely supported Democrats in these races but at lower rates.
Despite the support for the Democratic Party, women of color voters still believe there is room for improvement.
An overwhelming 88 percent of respondents said they want to see more women run for office and 85 percent said they want to see more candidates of color. Women of color voters also reported that elected officials often fail to acknowledge issues that are important to them.
Three quarters of the respondents (76 percent) told the survey that their elected officials need to understand that “their needs are not the same as those of white women.” This was particularly true among Black women (89 percent) and AAPI women (74 percent).
Those surveyed noted that elected officials should also not assume that all people of the same race or ethnicity are aligned on different issues. The poll found that issue priorities change within each race or ethnicity depending on life stage and education level.
Respondents said that they feel disheartened by the current situation in the US and they blame politics for it. A majority of women of color voters, particularly Black women, said they felt negatively about the way things were going in the US.
Black women were also more likely to believe that the country would not be safe for the next generation of their race or ethnicity. As a whole, 74 percent of women of color said they were uneasy for the next generation. That rate rose to 85 percent among Black women, but was an average of 65 percent for AAPI women.
More than half of the women surveyed reported having issues when they went to the polls. The biggest obstacle these voters faced was being asked to provide or show a photo ID. Latinas also reported issues with election officials taking too long to confirm registrations or with address information on their ID not matching election records.
The survey polled 2,663 women who self-identify as Black, Latina, or AAPI. All the women surveyed were registered voters who reported voting during the 2018 midterm elections. The poll was conducted between January 23 and February 14.
The poll largely reflected data from the 2018 congressional elections. According to the Pew Research Center, a majority of Black (90 percent), Hispanic (69 percent), and Asian (77 percent) voters said they voted for Democratic voters. Women were more likely to vote for Democrats (59 percent) than Republicans (40 percent).
About the Author
Nicole Rojas is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has published in various venues, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Asia and Australia.