23% Believe Most White Americans Are Racist

Twenty-three percent (23%) of voters nationwide believe that most white Americans are racist. A ScottRasmussen.com nation survey found that view is held by 14% of white voters, 40% of black voters, and 41% of Hispanic voters.

There is also a substantial generational divide on the issue. Among voters under 35, 37% believe most white Americans are racist. Among senior citizens, just 11% agree.

The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 28-29, 2018 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

Other data from the survey showed that 28% of white voters believe most persons of color are racist. That view is shared by 17% of black voters and 35% of Hispanic voters.

Interestingly, on this question, there was little generational difference. 28% of the youngest voters believe most persons of color are racist along with 35% of seniors (see question wording and crosstab results).

Data released earlier showed that 58% believe racism towards persons of color remains a large problem in the United States.  Additionally, 67% recognize that black men are likely to receive stricter prison sentences than white men for comparable crimes.

However, 33% believe that racism against whites is also a big problem. That total includes 32% of Republicans, 10% of Democrats, and 13% of Independent voters (see question wording and crosstab results). Seventeen percent (17%) believe that white Americans are discriminated against more than any other group in society.

Just 24% of voters believe a healthy democracy is possible when disagreements fall along racial lines.

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