Few Offended by What Some See as Cultural Appropriation

Twenty-one percent (21%) of voters would be offended by White people wearing Native American costumes for Halloween. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 70% would not be offended and 10% are not sure.

Other items considered by some to be cultural appropriation are considered offensive by fewer voters:

  • White actors playing characters that were originally another race would offend 17%
  • White people wearing traditional attire of other races would offend 16%
  • Straight actors playing roles representing members of the LBGTQ community would offend 14%
  • A professional sports team with a name like Redskins or Seminoles would offend 13%
  • Non-white actors playing characters that were originally white would offend 12%
  • White Americans Running a Mexican Restaurant would offend 11%
  • Men running a Women’s Fashion Store would offend 10%
  • Hispanic Americans Running a Chinese Restaurant would offend 10%
  • Black Americans Running an Italian Restaurant would offend 9%

In general, younger voters are more likely than their elders to be offended by such practices (see crosstab results).

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted August 9-10, 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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