A SurveyUSA poll on the upcoming gubernatorial election in Georgia asked respondents about who they planned on voting for and also about their opinions on eight policy questions.
What jumps out immediately from the results is how much wider the racial disparity is on the question of who to vote for than it is on any of the specific policy questions, even the one on guns–one of the most racially polarizing ‘hot button’ issues in the country.
While Georgia is a state in which non-Hispanic whites will be a minority by the 2020 presidential election and is currently 15% Hispanic and Asian, the survey only broke respondents down into two racial categories, non-Hispanic white and black. The 9% of registered respondents who are other than white or black are excluded here.
The following graph shows the net absolute differences between whites and blacks on the candidate they intend to vote for and on each of the eight policy questions. That is, the higher the value, the greater the racial disparity (N = 971):
We see the same thing when we look at how non-white “conservatives”–who opposed abortion, opposed welfare, supported gun rights, etc–voted in the 2012 presidential election. While they described themselves as politically more closely aligned with Romney, they voted overwhelmingly for Obama anyway.