Politics

Poll: Only 1 in 5 Americans Think Electing More Nonwhites to Congress Would Be a Good Thing

| by Emily Smith

Only 23 percent of Americans think electing more nonwhites in Congress would be a good thing, according to an ABC News poll.

The surprising results diverge widely along political lines, with 5 percent of Republicans responding that more nonwhites would be a good thing, and 50 percent of Democrats responding the same.

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The different views are “so enormous and so fundamental that they seem to constitute visions of two distinctly different Americas," ABC polling director Gary Langer wrote, noting that partisan and ideological differences are contributing factors to the difference.

When asked if more women elected to Congress would make a positive change, 23 percent of Republicans and 60 percent of Democrats agreed.

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However, the consensus among Americans is that electing more minorities and women would make little difference in settling budget issues, with 66 percent of pollsters in agreement.

Only 31 percent of Americans believed that “people like them” were represented in Congress.

The poll surveyed ABC News Fusion Poll surveyed 1,002 adults by phone between Oct 17. and Oct. 20.

Sources: The Huffington Post, ABC News