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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter analyzes black public opinion, starting with a review of the genealogy of its study, which, it shows, developed from scholarly and popular studies during the 1960s and 1970s. It then studies the trends in black and white partisanship and political ideology, before focusing on the nature of black political beliefs in black public opinion. The chapter also takes a look at the debates on the interpretation of the role of black nationalism in black opinion. It ends with a discussion on the emerging variability of black identity after Barack Obama's election as president of the United States and explains how this may change one's understanding of the role of linked fate in black political behaviour.

Keywords: black public opinion, partisanship, political ideology, black political beliefs, black nationalism, black identity, linked fate, black political behaviour

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