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Last week a special task force appointed by left-wing California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended that black residents of his state be paid $223,000 each as reparations for the legacy of slavery.

Last week a special task force appointed by left-wing California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom recommended that black residents of his state be paid $223,000 each as reparations for the legacy of slavery.

The proposal allegedly limits possible reparations to state residents who are descendants of free or enslaved blacks who were in the country at the end of the 19th century, according to Fox News.

Yet Democrats are not satisfied with just that.

Right-leaning pollster Rasmussen Reports released a survey this week that found 60% of Democrats strongly or somewhat support to idea of reparations for all black Americans — nearly 160 years after the end of slavery.

In contrast, 35% of independents and only 18% of Republicans support the idea, Rasmussen noted.

Overall, 38% of Americans back such a plan.

Perhaps not surprisingly, 66% of blacks like the idea, compared to just 31% of whites. The poll indicated 25% of blacks actually opposed the proposal.

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Rasmussen’s head pollster, Mark Mitchell, noted in a video posted on Thursday that the outcome, especially among Democrats, shows the “inexorable march to the left” on this issue.

The pollster previously asked a yes-no question on whether blacks were owed reparations. In 2017, just 17% of all voters agreed on paying reparations. That rose to 21% in January 2021 and up to 38% today.

Support for such a plan has doubled among both Democrats and Republicans. 

Ironically, in California, the people who would have to pay for this, oppose Newsom’s idea.

In all, 56% of Californians reject reparations, including 45% strongly oppose the plan.

The opposition grew to 63% when Californians were told the cost, more than $500 billion, and that tax increases would fund it. Only 29% still supported the idea.

Even Democratic support receded once the cost was known. Just 48% of Democrats still back the plan after learning about the price tag and the need for higher taxes.

Mitchell suggested that the relentless drumbeat of Critical Race Theory may have played a role in the boost for reparations.

Breaking down the issue by age, only 13% of people over 65 and just 26% of those between 40 and 64 accept the plan.

On the other hand, 46% of those ages 18 to 39 advocate reparations.

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