53% Believe Race Relations Getting Worse; Big Divide on Who Faces the Most Discrimination

Fifty-three percent (53%) of voters believe race relations in America are getting worse these days. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 26% believe things are improving while 21% are not sure.

A narrow plurality of Republicans believe race relations are getting better while most Democrats and Independent voters believe they are getting worse. Younger voters are much more optimistic than their elders (see question wording and crosstab results).

Underlying this partisan divide are fundamentally different perceptions of the problem. Forty-four percent (44%) of Republicans believe whites are the racial/ethnic group that is most discriminated against in the United States today. Just 24% of GOP voters believe blacks are the most discriminated against while 15% name Hispanics.

Among Democrats, 67% believe blacks are the most discriminated against, 16% say Hispanics, and just 11% whites.

Among Independent voters, 37% believe black face the most discrimination, 24% say Hispanics, and 23% whites.

Looking at the divide along racial lines, white voters are evenly divided as to whether whites or blacks are most discriminated against. Ninety-five percent (95%) of black voters believe blacks are the most discriminated against and 5% said Hispanics. A plurality of Hispanic voters (47%) believe blacks face the most discrimination while 41% believe Hispanics do.

Considering the question from a different angle, 25% of Republican voters say discrimination against whites is a significant problem in America today. Just 19% of GOP voters say the same about discrimination against persons of color. Among Democrats, 49% believe discrimination against persons of color is a significant problem while just 16% believe that is true of discrimination against whites.

Data released earlier showed that Americans overwhelmingly believe pre-judging anyone by the color of their skin is racist.

Other data showed that 28% believe the U.S. is a white supremacist nation. Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe the president wants it to be.

Sixty-six percent (66%) of voters are proud of our nation’s history, but there are significant and understandable divides along racial lines.

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The new national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted January 31-February 1, 2019 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.

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