Thursday, May 14, 2020

NAACP: New Poll Reveals COVID-19’s Impacts on African American Communities

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, May 19th at 12:00 pm ET, the African American Research Collaborative (AARC) in partnership with the NAACP and the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at Yale School of Medicine will present new polling detailing the impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic on African American communities. Given that COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on black Americans across a range of indicators - infection rates, deaths, unemployment, access to care, access to education, etc. - this is the first national poll to take a deep dive into how African Americans are responding.

Among the topics explored in the poll:
  • Do African Americans plan to vote or do they plan to stay home because of the health risk of COVID-19?
  • Do African Americans believe Trump’s responses are effective or a threat?
  • Did reopening begin only once it became clear a high percentage of black people are among those dying?
  • Are hospitals doing all they can to save the lives of black patients?
  • Is online distance education working for black families with children?
  • Do African Americans believe police will fairly enforce social distancing rules and are protesters at re-open rallies treated differently because of their race?
  • Who do black people trust most to provide accurate information?
  • Do African Americans feel safe wearing masks in public?
  • What are the consequences for employment, housing, education, policing, and health care?

AARC polled a large national sample of African Americans and developed the questions in consultation with a group of leading African American university based scholars from the fields of public health, law, education, political science, and sociology.


Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP;

Marcella Nunez-Smith, Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at Yale School of Medicine;

Henry Fernandez, Co-founder and Principal of the African American Research Collaborative (AARC);

Tracey Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor at Yale Law School and Founding Director of The Justice Collaboratory;

Dr. Ray Block, Director of the Research Project for AARC and Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, Penn State University

WHEN:            Tuesday, May 19th, 12:00pm ET

DIAL IN:           866-831-8616; PASSCODE: COMMUNITIES

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