Few Americans are in favor of giving reparations to descendants of enslaved black people in the United States, a poll shows, even as the idea has gained momentum among Democratic presidential contenders.

Only 29 percent of Americans say the government should pay cash reparations, according to the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll.

But the poll reveals a large divide between Americans of different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

Most black Americans, 74 percent, favor reparations, compared with 15 percent of white Americans. Among Hispanics, 44 percent favor reparations.

FILE – In this April 10, 2019 file photo, Reparations Labor Union founder Anita Belle talks about slave reparations during an interview in Detroit. Few Americans are in favor of giving reparations to descendants of enslaved black people in the United States, a new poll shows. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll also finds that most Americans think the legacy of slavery has at least some impact on black Americans today. Anita Belle, founder of the Reparations Labor Union in Detroit, says “doing the right thing means making amends for what a nation did wrong.” (AP Photo / Corey Williams, File)

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