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New National Poll: While 14 States Have Rolled Back Voting Rights, Women of Color Voters Are More Engaged in Politics and Want Their Voices Heard

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Intersections of Our Lives released new, national polling data demonstrating the intersectionality of the experiences of Black, Latina/x, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women voters. This new research explores the experiences of women of color voters as they went to the polls in 2020, the impact the pandemic and racism has had on their lives, as well as their policy priorities.

The poll found that 7-in-10 women of color feel positively about the direction of the country, up more than 50 points from 15 percent positive just after the 2018 election. Moreover, the poll found that two-thirds of women of color voters were engaged in political activities leading up to the 2020 elections.

Importantly, women of color are demanding equity and change through an electorate that reflects them with more women and candidates of color running for office and a more intersectional approach to the issues that matter most to them, including access to reproductive health, ending racial discrimination, ensuring access to clean water, and improving healthcare. Women of color have experienced unique challenges throughout the last year and a half, compounding the nation's racial awakening with the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, more than 7-in-10 women of color have been impacted by COVID-19 with Latina/x women having been hit especially hard.

"Women of color are an increasingly powerful voting bloc, but efforts to enact restrictions on voting hit us hard. Women of color voters made clear this last election that they are paying attention and won't be ignored. Black women, in particular, mobilized their communities and turned out votes that delivered victories up and down the ballot," said In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda President and CEO Marcela Howell.

"AAPI women are a powerful elector force and it is clear that we will hold our elected officials accountable to address the issues and barriers that our community and our fellow women of color - whether it's health care, economic issues, discrimination or reproductive rights," said National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum Executive Director Sung Yeon Choimorrow.

"Latinas/xs and all women of color are constantly navigating a multitude of issues - we lead intersectional lives. This motivates us to demand that our elected officials enact policies that reflect our lived experiences and ensure justice and equity for everyone in our communities," said National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice Executive Director Lupe M. Rodríguez.

The key findings from the nationwide poll include:

Women of Color Were Highly Motivated to Vote in the 2020 Election

Women of Color Perspectives on the 2020 Candidates

Impact of the Pandemic on Women of Color

Women of Color Experience with Racism

What Women of Color Want the Administration and Congress to Focus On

Women of color make up more than 20 percent of the population and it's estimated that by 2050, women of color will make up the majority of women in the U.S. This growing population is an increasingly strong voice in the electorate, with post-election data demonstrating women of color voting at higher rates in the 2020 election than in past general elections. According to data collected by TargetSmart on the change in voting patterns of women of color from 2016 and 2020, nationally, women of color turnout increased by more than 10 percent in 2020 from 2016. The increase was especially prominent in Hispanic and AAPI women voters whose total turnout grew by 24 percent and 27 percent, respectively.

The poll, which was conducted by The Harris Poll, included interviews of 1,617 adult women (18+) who self-identify as Black or African American; of Hispanic, Latina, or Spanish-speaking background; or Asian American or Pacific Islander (AAPI) or of any ethnicity/national origin recognized in the Asian race category by the U.S. Census Bureau. As part of this effort, an oversample was conducted of South Asian American women. In addition to these characteristics, all women are registered voters who reported voting in the 2020 general elections. Interviews were conducted online and via telephone using live, professional interviewers from April 7 to May 16, 2021. The survey was made available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, or Vietnamese.

Further insights on the poll are available below:


Intersections of Our Lives is a collaboration of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women's Reproductive Justice Agenda (In Our Own Voice), the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice (Latina Institute), three women-of-color led national Reproductive Justice organizations with both federal and statewide presence. For more information about Intersections of Our Lives visit: IntersectionsofOurLives.org.

SOURCE Intersections of Our Lives

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