New poll shows majority of California voters OPPOSE cash reparations to descendants of slaves

Democrat lawmakers in deep blue California appeared to be running afoul of the will of the people as a new poll queued up serious gaslighting on reparations.

Initiated by Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2020, the final report from the California Reparations Task Force was submitted earlier this year with some hefty payouts proposed for black residents in the Golden State. However, suggestions that descendants receive six- to seven-figure checks were hardly supported by voters according to a poll conducted by the UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies in coordination with the Los Angeles Times.

“It has been a steep uphill climb, at least from the public’s point of view,” said poll director Mark DiCamillo.

According to the survey results, 59 percent of California voters have remained opposed to reparations and, of those, two-thirds were “strongly” against it. By comparison, only 29 percent voiced their favor for the costly measures.

Out of more than 6,000 polled, Republicans were mostly one-sided on the matter with 90 percent against and only five percent in favor. Even a majority of independents at 65 percent stood in opposition while a mere 22 percent supported the prospect.

Meanwhile, Democrats remained split without a majority to either side of the debate with 43 percent in favor and 41 percent opposed.

While respondents had provided their reasoning, there appeared to be a concerted effort to spin the results as being mostly about money or a result of ignorance on the part of the voters.

The pollster said, “The idea of cash reparations is really what’s being strongly opposed. There could be other solutions that could be much more warmly received.”

Yet, a majority of those polled selected between the options, “It’s unfair to ask today’s taxpayers to pay for wrong committed in the past,” and, “It’s not fair to single out one group for reparations when other racial and religious groups have been wronged in the past.”

Only 19 percent had conveyed opposition because of the high cost to the state.

Still, Democratic state Sen. Steven Bradford, who himself had said in May after estimates had suggested the tab for reparations could run as high as $800 billion, “I don’t want to set folks’ expectations and hopes up that they’re going to be getting, you know, seven-figure checks. That’s just not happening,” found a scapegoat for the disfavor.

“It speaks to the miseducation of most Americans when it comes to slavery and the impact that it had on the country and the impact that it still has on African Americans today,” the member of the task force told the Times.

Likewise, California assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D), another task force member who had also proposed revisions to the penal code “to rectify the racial bias that has historically permeated our criminal justice system,” promoted ignorance as the source of opposition.

“I encourage all Californians to read the online report and learn about the history and conclusions made and view the historic and empirical data behind the final report,” Jones-Sawyer said in a statement. “I believe attitudes will shift when the public is fully aware of what the report has to say.”

For his part, Newsom had appeared to temper expectations should the exorbitant sums not be approved by the legislature and had told Fox News host Sean Hannity in a June interview, “It doesn’t have to be in the frame of writing a check; reparations comes in many different forms. But one cannot deny these historical facts, and I really believe very strongly we have to come to grips with what’s happened.”

Reactions to the poll indicated a widely held belief that elected officials were bound to continue doing whatever they saw fit despite the opinions of the public.


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