Most African Americans feel taken for granted by Democratic Party

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According to a new study conducted by Cornell Belcher and presented to the Congressional Black Caucus, 63 percent of African-Americans feel that they are taken for granted by the Democratic Party.

The results found that a wide majority, at 63 percent, of African-American voters felt that the party for which they make up such a crucial part of the voting bloc had left them behind and forgotten. There is significant belief that this feeling of neglect helped to contribute to the results of the 2016 presidential election.

“African Americans are the Democratic Party’s most loyal voters and they should be treated as such,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), the chairman of the CBC. “The results of this survey are clear marching orders for the Congressional Black Caucus — African Americans want Democrats to stop using the same old playbook and to make substantive progress on the issues that affect their communities.”

The poll also took a look at the priorities that African-American voters feel are most important: “protecting Social Security (88 percent, very important), keeping us safe from terrorists (78 percent), criminal justice reform (74 percent), reforming the election process so the candidate with the majority wins (72 percent), investigating Russian interference with the 2016 election (72 percent), protecting Obama’s legacy (71 percent), banning assault weapons (61 percent), and blocking Sessions (60 percent).”