A new poll shows that a majority of voters believe that American society is racist, with more and more people saying that racial relationships are bad and that black and Hispanic people face discrimination.
The Wall Street Journal / NBC News A poll of 900 registered voters, conducted July 9-12, found that 56 percent said they think American society is racist.
This is essentially unchanged from 1988, when an Associated Press poll found that 56 percent believed the U.S. is a racist society.
However, the number of people who believe that the racial relationships in the country are very or fairly poor has increased significantly.
The Wall Street Journal / NBC News survey of 900 registered voters, conducted July 9-12, found that 56 percent said American society was racist
People hold signs while listening to a speaker in front of Kansas City City Hall last month
Only 26 percent now say that race relations are good, compared to more than 7 in 10 who said the same in various studies during the first term of then-President Barack Obama.
Seven out of ten now say that race relations are bad, including the majority of Democrats (86 percent) and Republicans (58 percent).
It comes after weeks of protests over racial inequality following George Floyd’s imprisoned death in Minneapolis.
The poll shows that more and more voters support the Black Lives Mater movement, as well as the practice of kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
Fifty-seven percent of voters said they supported the nationwide protests caused by the Floyd murder, while 32 percent were against it, and 58 percent said they were more concerned about racial inequality as a result of the demonstrations.
Black Lives Matter protesters hold an American flag upside down during a counter-protest during a pro-police march and vigil at New York City Hall on July 15
A small majority of voters, 52 percent, now say it is appropriate for athletes to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial inequality, up from 43 percent in 2018.
In the new survey, 45 percent said kneeling during the national anthem was inappropriate.
“Americans are concerned about inequality, and the death of George Floyd contributed to it,” pollster Brenda Lee told the log.
“We’ve moved the needle a lot in terms of just clearly identifying that we, as Americans, have a problem with racism in this society.”
In 2008, only 28 percent of voters said black Americans are being discriminated against, while 51 percent are treated fairly and 16 percent receive too many special benefits.
In this latest poll, the proportion that says black people experience discrimination has risen to 59 percent, with just 27 percent saying they are treated fairly and 10 percent saying they receive special benefits.
The new poll also indicates that support for the removal of Southern statues is increasing, although most do not support the extreme step of destruction of the monuments.
The new poll also indicates that support for the removal of Southern images is increasing
The statue of Confederate General JEB Stuart is removed from its pedestal by a crane on July 7, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. Mayor Levar Stoney ordered the removal
Two years ago, voters supported allowing Southern statues to remain by a wide margin, 63 percent to 35 percent.
Now 51 percent say the images should be removed, while 47 percent disagree.
However, only 10 percent believe the images should be destroyed outright, and 41 percent support their removal to be placed in museums or private areas.
Thirty-one percent believe that the images should remain, but with a plaque to explain their historical context. Only 16 percent support that the statues remain unchanged.
“We don’t have many people to the extremes on this question,” Micah Roberts, a Republican pollster who also participated in the survey, told the Journal.
Three-quarters of voters said in the poll that they were encouraged that the country is addressing longstanding issues of racism in society.
However, half said they were concerned that protests over racial issues are causing social unrest and changing the country too much.