46% Believe America Is A Racist Nation

Forty-six percent (46%) of voters nationwide believe that America is a racist nation. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 40% disagree and 14% are not sure.

  • Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Democrats believe our nation is racist while 62% of Republicans say it is not.
  • Independent voters are evenly divided.
  • Most voters under 45 believe America is a racist nation while most over 55 say it is not.

The survey also found that 8% of voters nationwide say most of their friends are racist. Five percent (5%) of White voters say most of their friends are racist. Six percent (6%) of Black voters say the same. Among Hispanic voters, 22% say most of their friends are racist.

At the other end of the spectrum, a plurality (46%) of voters say none of their friends are racist. That total includes 59% of Republicans, 44% of Independents, and 35% of Democrats.

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Note: Neither Scott Rasmussen, ScottRasmussen.com, nor RMG Research, Inc. have any affiliation with Rasmussen Reports. While Scott Rasmussen founded that firm, he left more than seven years ago and has had no involvement since that time.


The online survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen from May 6-8, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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