Really South Carolina? Exit Poll Asks If Blacks Are Too Demanding About Equality
When South Carolina voters exited the polls on Tuesday, many were greeted with a questionnaire that asked if black folk were getting too uppity about that equality thing.
The voters in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and Spartanburg were handed a poll asking them to agree or disagree with the following: “Blacks are getting too demanding in their push for equal rights.”
According to the author of the poll, David Woodard of Clemson University, the poll was not meant to be racist, just intended coincide with an African-American’s bid for a Senate seat.
“It was designed to take advantage of a political moment of Senator Tim Scott’s election as the first African-American from a southern state since reconstruction,” he told WSPA, adding the question came word-for-word from the Modern Racism Scale to help gauge latent biases and thus was a valid line of inquiry.
He also said he was surprised people got so offended.
“We do this every day. We didn’t think too much about it until we got it out in the field and saw that there was some reaction,” he said, adding that questions like that had been used by pollsters for years.
Paul J White, a doctoral student from the University of South Carolina also was nonplussed by critics of the polls.
“You had liberals getting offended. You had conservatives getting offended. It was all over the place,” said White, adding that the results of the controversial Election Day quiz were still being reviewed.
In the meantime, some people who were asked to take the poll were clearly not amused by the questions.
“I took this poll in Seneca,” Matt Alexander wrote on the WSPA Facebook page when their story about the poll aired. “I didn’t answer some of the questions. They were overtly racist.”
On Twitter, @troyauztin also pointed out the poll was inappropriate in 2014.
“An exit poll questionnaire in SC yesterday. This is shameful!”
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