August 4-6 [ 2000 ]
Colin Powell's Favorable Rating
Sampling error: +/-6% pts
A recent Gallup Poll (conducted June 12-18) asked Americans to name "the most important national leader in the black community today." Gallup has twice before asked this question, in 1993 and in 1995.
The results among the sample of 241 blacks included in that survey show a virtual tie for the top position: 18% named Powell and 17% named Jackson. All other names were mentioned by far fewer black respondents: 5% named NAACP President and CEO Kweisi Mfume, 4% named presidential candidate the Rev. Al Sharpton, 2% named National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, and 1% named California Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
Another 18% named a wide variety of leaders, although out of this group, no individual leader was named by 1% or more of black respondents. A third of blacks would not or could not give a name in response to the question.