The poll was conducted mostly before and partly during multiple scandals last week as it was discovered that Virginia's Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's medical school yearbookbook featured a photo of a person on the blackface next to someone in a KKK outfit. Northam also admitted wearing a blackface at a party. Separately, the state attorney general, Mark Herring, a Democrat, also admitted to wearing a blackface at a college party.
The Republicans (and independent independent Republicans) are more likely to see blackface as acceptable than the Democrats. A quarter of Republicans said it was always acceptable and half the Republicans said it was always or sometimes OK. Only 21
Northam said he was not planning to stop.
The proof of race is also strong in the poll's question; 39% of white people thought blackface was acceptable as part of a Halloween costume compared to only 18% of black people, and 28% of the Latinos. More than half of black Americans (53%) said the blackface as a part of a Halloween costume was never acceptable.
White Democrats are slightly more blackface than black Democrats. Less than a quarter of the white Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents said it was always or sometimes acceptable compared to 15% of the Black Democrats.
White Americans between the ages of 18-29 are more likely than those over 30 who believe the blackface is unacceptable – 26% of the younger white Americans said it was OK always or sometimes compared in 39% whites between 30-49, 45% of 50-64 years old and 38% of more than 65.
Significantly more Americans are receiving this dress as a traditional man wearing clothing from a country or culture other than their own as a part of their Halloween costume – an act referred to as "cultural provision." Nearly 3-in-5 Americans say that this is always (26%) or sometimes (32%) is acceptable.