Annual BWR/Essence Poll of Black Women Voters Shows 11% Drop in Support...

Annual BWR/Essence Poll of Black Women Voters Shows 11% Drop in Support for Democrats


“Power of the Sister Vote” Poll Reveals Shifts in Political Attitudes Among Black Women. Today the Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) will hold its 9th Annual Public Policy Forum, in partnership with ESSENCE magazine, during the opening day of the 2017 CBCF’s Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.

“We found this survey to be quite revealing, regarding the shift in the attitudes Black women have toward the current political environment. These results may well be a ‘wake-up call’ for our mainstream political parties and the folks currently holding office,” said Melanie Campbell, President of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation in a statement. 

During a TV interview this morning on TVOne, Campbell revealed that their poll will show an 11 percent drop in support for the Democratic party among black women voters. 

Whether this is a result of the end of the presidency of Barack Obama or the overall lack of focus by the party on an important part of its base, Black women voters, will be unclear until more details are unveiled at 2 p.m. today.

On May 25, a group of elected officials, consultants and activists wrote an open letter to new DNC Chair Tom Perez asking the party for more money for field support and focus on Black women voters.

“We have voted and organized our communities with little support or investment from the Democratic Party for voter mobilization efforts. We have shown how Black women lead, yet the Party’s leadership from Washington to the state parties have few or no Black women in leadership. More and more, Black women are running for office and winning elections — with scant support from Democratic Party infrastructure,” the letter read in part.

A month later the leaders met with the DNC as well as several members of Congress including Reps. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH).

Today there will also be a forum entitled Time for a Power Shift: Black Women Leading the Resistance in the Streets. Changing Political & Economic Power from Capitol Hill, State Capitols to City Halls, the Board Room to the C-Suites, at 2:00 p.m. until 5:15 p.m. in Room 207 AB of the Washington Convention Center.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke