54% Believe Race Relations In U.S. Getting Worse; Just 24% Say Better

Fifty-four percent (54%) of voters believe race relations are getting worse these days. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that just 24% believe they are getting better. Another 22% are not sure.

Sixty-eight percent (68%) of Hispanic voters believe things are getting worse. So do 60% of black voters and 51% of white voters.

Among those who Strongly Approve of President Trump, 55% believe race relations are getting better while 29% say worse. Among those who Strongly Disapprove of the president, 78% say things are getting worse while just 6% believe race relations are improving. Those with softer opinions of the president tend to believe race relations are getting worse (44% worse, 23% better).

The survey also found that 23% believe most white Americans are racist. Twenty-seven percent (27%) say the same about most persons of color.

There is an interesting generational dynamic on this point. When it comes to persons of color, there is little generational difference of opinion. Twenty-five percent (25%) of voters under 35 believe most persons of color are racist. Among those 35-50, 30% share that view. So do 27% of voters over 50.

However, there is a wide difference of opinion when it comes to white racism. Among those voters under 35, 43% believe that most white Americans are racist. So do 27% of those aged 35-50. Among Americans over 50, just 10% agree (see crosstab results).

As a result, the youngest voters are more likely to see white Americans as racist while older voters are more likely to see persons of color as racist.

Overall, 32% of voters believe racism towards persons of color is a significant problem in America today. Sixteen percent (16%) believe racism towards white Americans is a significant problem.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted August 30-31, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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