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Sep 19, 2016

New BWR/ESSENCE #PoweroftheSisterVote Poll Shows Dramatic Increase in Concern for Criminal Justice Reform Among Black Women Voters


Affordable Health Care Remains Top Concern in Power of the Sister Vote Survey II, Criminal Justice Reform Now Ranks #1 Among Millennials and Living Wage Jobs High Priority

The second annual Black Women’s Roundtable/ESSENCE #PoweroftheSisterVote (POSV) Poll of Black women voters indicates they are increasingly concerned about the impact the results the 2016 Presidential Election will have on criminal justice reform. The “Power of the Sister Vote II” Poll, conducted in August 2016 included responses from 1,257 women voters ages 18 and over. It focused on what they want from the next President and is a follow-up to the 2015 POSV Poll taken by ESSENCE/BWR.

“We believe our POSV Poll reflects the fact that “criminal justice” is on the ballot in 2016 and show the impact that the ongoing incidents of unjust police killings of unarmed Black people are having on Black women of all ages and will affect who Black women vote for in November on a national, state and local level,” said Melanie L. Campbell, convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable and president of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. “Affordable health care remains #1, but criminal justice has climbed eight percentage points from 2015 as the #2 priority equal to living wage jobs for Black women overall; and for millennials, criminal justice is now their #1 priority, eclipsing college affordability.”

Get the POLL Results Here.

Highlights from the Black Women's Roundtable 8th Annual Policy Forum  HERE.

In 2015, ESSENCE & the Black Women’s Roundtable partnered to produce the Power of the Sister Vote Poll with the ESSENCE Insider’s Panel focused on identifying “What Black Women Want from the Next President?”

In August, 2016 a follow-up panel survey was conducted (Power of the Sister Vote II) in order to gauge if Black women’s opinions had shifted over the past year regarding the 2016 Presidential Election. The new results anchored a discussion during this year’s Black Women’s Roundtable 8th Annual Policy Forum held during the recent Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Weekend.

The Power of the Sister Vote Poll surveyed 1,257 women nationally who identified themselves as registered to vote and see voting as a responsibility. Over half believe things will be about the same for them after Pres. Obama leaves office, although it depends on who wins the election.

More respondents identified as Democrats (85% in 2016 versus 78% in 2015) as representing their interests, 18% identified no party; 1% feel Republican. Last year African-American Millennials appeared to be trending away from political parties with 26% saying that they did not have a party affiliation, that number has now dropped to 18%.

Other key issues identified in 2016 poll included right to reproductive choices, expanding voting rights, quality pubic education, policing reform, earned paid time/family leave, entrepreneurship opportunity, immigration reform and foreign policy.


The Black Women's Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls empowerment arm of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP). The BWR promotes health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, quality public education and global empowerment. BWR established its Intergenerational Policy Network in 2008, which is comprised of a diverse group of Black women civic leaders representing international, national, regional, and state-based organizations and institutions. Together, the BWR membership represents the issues and concerns of millions of Black people who live across the United States and around the world.

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