*(Via LA Daily News) – As the FBI reviews thousands of newly discovered emails on former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop, leading to a renewed probe of Hillary Clinton’s private server, a new poll shows this latest Clinton controversy is doing little to sway African-American voters.
The national survey, called the Black Voter Poll, was conducted by Howard University and the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a nonpartisan trade association of African-American owned newspapers in the United States.
The survey included more than 21,000 telephone calls across the country to registered black voters between Oct. 23-30, ending just hours after the FBI revealed it was renewing its inquiry into Clinton’s emails.
According to Benjamin Chavis, CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, most respondents said the email saga was “not a factor” in their choice for president.
“Let me put it this way, African-Americans who were polled said that these latest revelations did not sway their vote one way or another,” Chavis said by telephone in an exclusive preview of the poll.
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Of those contacted, 94 percent said they plan to participate in the Nov. 8 election, and most said they plan to vote for the Democratic presidential nominee.
“Those who responded to the poll overwhelmingly favor Hillary Clinton,” Chavis said. “There were only minimal responses for Donald Trump. From the responses, it’s pretty solidly Democratic. It’s interesting, not just for the top of the ticket, but down ticket also.”
Chavis, former head of the NAACP, said the respondents expressed concerns about issues that directly affect their lives, such as the economy, education and police shootings.
“There’s a wide range of issues from concern about police brutality, mass incarceration, to the feeling that the educational system needs to strive for more excellence for African-American children,” Chavis explained.
The survey was conducted from a polling center on the campus of Howard University — a historically black college in Washington, D.C. — and included more than two dozen questions, such as age, income level and religious affiliation.
Full results of the survey will be released Tuesday morning during a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
This story was originally published in the LA Daily News.