African American Research Collaborative, NAACP, and Vera Institute of Justice to Host Media Call to Discuss Vote Choice and Motivations of Black Americans Based on Data from the 2020 American Election Eve Poll

Media Contacts: Elaina Jackson, Fahrenheit Creative Group, LLC,

Marc Banks, NAACP,

Jazmyn Strode, Vera Institute of Justice,

Washington, DC—On Thursday, November 5 at 11:00 AM Eastern, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Vera Institute of Justice (Vera), and African American Research Collaborative (AARC) will host a media webinar to discuss the vote choices and motivations of Black Americans based on their findings in the 2020 American Election Eve Poll. Given the battleground states in play, maybe no group was more important than Black voters in 2020. During the call, AARC pollsters and NAACP and Vera leadership will share in-depth analysis on these and other questions:

  • How did Black Lives Matter protests drive African American voters?
  • What do Black voters think about defunding the police?
  • Are Black men supporting Trump?
  • Was this election really about COVID-19?

The poll of more than 15,000 people who voted includes 4,100 African American respondents from key battleground states, including Florida, Georgia, Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin, as well as a national sample. During the webinar, pollsters from AARC will join leaders from the NAACP and Vera to present the key findings from the poll and discuss what those results mean in the context of 2020 election results and for the African American community for the next four years.

WHO: Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP

Nick Turner, President and Director, Vera Institute of Justice

Henry Fernandez, Principal, African American Research Collaborative

Ray Block, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, African American Research Collaborative

WHAT: Webinar to release and discuss key findings about African American vote choices and motivations based on the 2020 American Election Eve Poll

WHEN: Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 11:00 AM Eastern

HOW TO JOIN: RSVP to for information on how to join

Pollsters and Sponsors

The lead pollsters for the 2020 American Election Eve Poll include the African American Research Collaborative, Latino Decisions, and Asian American Decisions.

Sponsoring organizations include:  AAPI Civic Engagement Fund, NAACP, UnidosUS, America’s Voice, Advancement Project, Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Community Change, Demos, Faith In Action, Florida Alliance, Indivisible, League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Momento Latino, National Congress of American Indians, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Urban League, Race Forward,, SEIU, Vera Institute of Justice, Voter Participation Center.


About the African American Research Collaborative

The African American Research Collaborative (AARC) provides high-quality research and analysis on the political interests, motivations and goals of African Americans. Our expert team of pollsters, researchers, and analysts has vast experience in polling, African American political behavior, and issues that affect us all: the economy, education, housing, civil rights, policing, jobs, grassroots organizing and social justice

About the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

In media attributions, please refer to us as the NAACP.

NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation’s first civil and human rights law organization, and shares our commitment to equal rights.

About Vera Institute

The Vera Institute of Justice is a justice reform change agent. Vera produces ideas, analysis, and research that inspire change in the systems people rely upon for safety and justice. Vera collaborates with the communities most impacted by these systems and works in close partnership with government and civic leaders to implement change. Across projects, Vera is committed to explicitly and effectively reducing the burdens of the justice system on people of color and frames all work with an understanding of our country’s history of racial oppression. Vera is currently pursuing core priorities of ending the misuse of jails, transforming conditions of confinement, providing legal services for immigrants, and ensuring that justice systems more effectively serve America’s increasingly diverse communities. Vera has offices in Brooklyn, NY; Washington, DC; New Orleans, and Los Angeles.

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