Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters nationwide believe racism towards people of color is a somewhat large or significant problem in America today. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that a smaller number (39%) believe such discrimination is a problem in their own area.
Forty-seven percent of respondents (47%) list African-Americans as the most likely group to be discriminated against in America, with Latinos (19%) a distant second. Data released earlier showed that 67% recognize that black men are likely to receive stricter prison sentences than white men for comparable crimes.
The survey shows there is also broad agreement about the definition of racism. Eighty-five percent (85%) of voters agree that pre-judging a person by the color of his skin is racist. Seventy-seven percent (77%) also agree it’s racist to make broad generalizations about a group of people based on skin color.
Race and ethnicity remain issues atop the headlines in America with regularity. Most recently, the controversy over Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test of her claim of Cherokee heritage dominated the news cycle. Rapper Kanye West’s visit with President Trump at the White House a few days earlier sparked several public comments about race and cross accusations of racism or racist intentions.
The national survey of 1,000 Registered Voters was conducted August 23-24, 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.
Perhaps not surprisingly, there is a massive racial divide on perceptions of racism. Ninety-one percent (91%) of black voters believe racism towards persons of color is a large or significant issue in the nation today. That view is shared by 76% of Hispanic voters and 51% of White voters. (see question wording and crosstab results).
Seventy-three percent (73%) of black voters believe the historic policies of slavery or Jim Crow laws against play a large role in perpetuating racism against African-Americans today. Just 39% of white voters agree.
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