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Poll: AZ women of color are discontent with policymakers

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Friday, May 17, 2024   

The majority of women in Arizona belong to communities of color and a new poll found they do not feel heard or seen by most policymakers.

The poll was commissioned by a cohort of civil rights groups called "Intersection of Our Lives." It showed despite feeling disenfranchised, women of color view voting as an important avenue to accomplish the changes they want to see.

Roshni Nedungadi, chief research officer and founding partner of HIT Strategies, helped conduct the poll. She said rising costs of health care, fair housing and the need to close the pay gap are all important issues to women of color. Another big issue is abortion care.

"We also found, very clearly, that AAPI, Black, and Latina women strongly support abortion care and they really do care about communities being able to find and afford abortion care," Nedungadi reported.

Nedungadi noted more than three in four women in the poll want more to be done to ensure people have adequate access to abortion care. And the poll found a solid majority of women of color, especially Black women, believe it is also important for the government to take action to address high rates of maternal death.

Celinda Lake, president of Lake Research Partners, calls the poll data "game changing," and said it is inexcusable many elected officials around the country do not know what matters to women of color. She is convinced the poll results will help them. Lake pointed out women in the survey consistently noted a high level of pessimism.

"One of the things that's so different from 20 years ago is so many things are not different from 20 years ago," Lake observed. "We need to hurry history here. We should've made more progress. We should not be looking at taking away rights."

Lake added while cost of living, reproductive rights, and race and gender-based discrimination are all issues that will heavily influence the way women vote in November, another huge voting priority is addressing gun violence. She contended politicians cannot ignore women of color as voters if they want to win the election.

Support for this reporting was provided by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.


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