What We Did: 2022 Midterm Voters Survey
The slides in this presentation are based on interviews with 5,013 registered voters who had already voted or planned to vote in the November election, with interviews conducted November 1st through November 14th . Support for Democratic candidates and Republican candidates in elections for Governor, Senate, and the House of Representatives have been adjusted to reflect the actual expected results as of November 14th . The analysis aims to provide a new tool for Americans to understand what happened in the 2022 election, why it happened…and what’s next.
- Abortion, inflation, and Social Security and Medicare were top voting priorities for Black voters.
- Black voters overwhelmingly approved of the job Biden has done broadly and on specific issues; they viewed a wide range of issue areas as greater reasons to support Democrats than Republicans, including health care, January 6th, gun reform, and Social Security and Medicare.
- Black voters were somewhat more optimistic on the economy than 2022 voters overall, including a plurality of Black voters believing that more jobs were created than lost in the last year.
- Black voters were more likely than the country overall to support teaching the complete truth about slavery and the Civil Rights Movement, as well as passing common sense gun reforms.
Black Voters Overwhelmingly Favored Democratic Candidates; However, Support Was Weaker Among Black Voters Under 45
More than four in five Black voters (86%) supported Democratic House and Senate candidates; net support was slightly lower among younger Black voters (net +64 Democrats in the House) compared to Black voters ages 45-64 (net +85) and 65+ (net +78).
Black Voters’ Priorities: Abortion, Inflation, SS/Medicare
Black women were slightly more likely than Black men to cite abortion (38% vs. 33%, respectively) and inflation (35% vs. 29%), while more Black men cited police reform (12%). More than half of Black voters 65+ prioritized Social Security and Medicare (56%).
- Younger Black voters under age 45 prioritized wages and the cost of living (29%) after abortion (38%) and inflation (31%).
Black Voters Resoundingly Approved of Biden’s Job Performance, Overall and Across Key Issue Areas
The issues where Black voters were much more likely to approve of Biden’s performance than the country overall were the economy (net -26 overall/net +42 among Black voters) and health care (net -3 overall/net +61 among Black voters).
Black Voters Cited Health Care and January 6th Among Top Reasons to Choose Democrats Over Republicans
Three in four Black voters saw health care costs (78%), January 6th (76%), gun violence (76%), the future of Social Security and Medicare (76%), and threats to American democracy (75%) as reasons to support Democrats over Republicans.
Black Voters Staunchly Supported Abortion Rights, Particularly Black Women and College Graduates
Nearly three in four Black voters opposed a nationwide abortion ban (73%), including 75% of Black women and 87% of college-educated Black voters.
Black Voters Were Slightly Less Pessimistic About Economy Than Overall Electorate, Though Still More Negative Than Not
Black men were significantly more optimistic about the trajectory of the economy (45% positive) than Black women (30% positive).
Pluralities of Black Voters Said More Jobs Were Created Than Lost in the Last Year
Black men (61%) and Black college-educated voters (59%) were most likely to say more jobs were created than lost over the past year.
Black Voters Experienced Overwhelmingly More Outreach From Democratic Candidates Than Republican Candidates
Three in five Black voters (61%) said they were contacted by Democratic candidates compared to just 36% from Republican candidates.
- Older Black voters were most likely to say they had been contacted by Democratic candidates (72% of 65+ Black voters); only 54% of Black voters under 45 were contacted by the Democratic Party.
Black Voters More Likely to Consider Politics Important to Their Personal Identity Than Voters Overall
Black voters who attend church multiple times per month (90% important), Black men (89%), and Black voters under 45 (89%) were the most likely to say politics is “very” or “somewhat” important to their personal identity.
Black Voters Overwhelmingly Agreed Schools Should Teach Complete Truth About Slavery and Civil Rights Movement
Over eight in ten Black voters overall (84%) agreed that schools should teach the honest and complete truth about events in American history like slavery and the Civil Rights Movement.
Black Voters More Likely Than Voters Overall to Support Gun Reform; Black College Voters Especially So
Among Black voters, support for common sense gun laws was highest among those over the age of 65 (88%).
About The Study
Global Strategy Group conducted an online survey of 5,013 registered voters from November 1-November 14, 2022, with respondents recruited from opt-in online panel vendors. Respondents were verified against a voter file and special care was taken to ensure the demographic composition of the sample reflected that of the expected 2022 electorate in the House, Senate, and Governor’s races. The vote shares for Democrats and Republicans among self-reported 2022 voters were also adjusted to reflect a preliminary estimate of the actual results of the 2022 elections.