Just 36 Percent of Black Men Think Biden's Nominating a Black Woman for VP Was a Good Decision

About one-third of Black men in America say it was a good decision for former Vice President Joe Biden to nominate a Black woman as his running mate, a new survey reveals.

Despite a majority of Americans saying they approved of California Senator Kamala Harris as Biden's VP pick back in August, a new survey released Monday revealed a far more negative view. Only 36 percent of Black men said that Biden's selection of a Black woman was a good idea, compared to nearly twice that number of Black men who said nominating a woman generally was a good idea. A majority of Black Americans overall were significantly in support of Harris as the pick, but that backing was driven overwhelmingly by Black women and not Black men.

Black men are 10 percent less likely than both white women and Americans of all racial backgrounds to say they support a Black woman as Biden's VP pick.

White American men and women showed little difference in their view of Biden selecting a woman versus a Black woman—although only 37 percent said they thought it was a good decision. White men were just as unsupportive of either a woman or Black woman being the running mate, with neither option receiving more than 35 percent of support, according to the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) survey.

Fourteen percent of white Americans said nominating a woman is a bad decision, compared to 8 percent who said the same of selecting a Black woman as vice president.

White women with four-year college degrees were on par with all Black women surveyed in terms of supporting either a woman or Black woman, averaging about 65 percent of support.

Harris is the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants and served as California attorney general prior to her election to the senate in 2017. Friends of Harris, 56, told the Washington Post in February 2019 that most of her coworkers and government colleagues assumed she was simply African-American for many years. If elected, she would represent many firsts in the White House as the first Indian-American, the first African-American woman and the first Asian-American to serve on an elected party ticket.

Regardless, Harris told the Post she has not spent much time trying to categorize or classify her ethnicity to others. "I am who I am. I'm good with it. You might need to figure it out, but I'm fine with it," she said in 2019.

During the vice-presidential debate between Harris and Pence earlier this month, surveys showed she received higher marks than President Donald Trump's conservative running mate. About 69 percent of FiveThirtyEight poll respondents said Harris' performance was "very good," compared to 60 percent who said the same of Pence.

An ABC News/Washington Post poll released in August found Harris was one of the most popular federal-level politicians in the country. A majority, 54 percent, said they approved of her selection as Biden's running mate, while 29 percent disapproved.

Newsweek reached out to the Biden-Harris campaign for reaction Tuesday afternoon, but did not receive a reply before publication.

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Democratic U.S. Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks during an early voting mobilization event at the Central Florida Fairgrounds on October 19, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. President Donald Trump won Florida in the 2016 presidential election. OCTAVIO JONES / Stringer/Getty Images