Bigotry by the Numbers Breaking down hatred in America by the numbers. A close look at national polls.

Posted: July 31, 2014 in News

James Victore

67% of black Americans say blacks are “almost always” or “frequently” discriminated against when applying for a job. 36% of Hispanics and 20% of whites agree. Source: Pew Research Center

59% of white registered voters say they were disturbed a “great deal” or “somewhat” by Jeremiah Wright’s statements. 34% of black voters agree. Source: NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey

37%of black Americans believe that because of increased diversity within the black community, blacks can no longer be thought of as a single race. Source: Pew Research Center

52% of black Americans think about their race at least once a day, compared with just 25% of Asian Americans, 24% of Hispanics, and 8% of whites. Source: Zogby

38% of Asian Americans believe it’s okay for races to live separately so long as everyone has equal opportunities. 35% of whites and 33% of blacks agree. Source: Zogby

53% of Muslim Americans say it has become more difficult to be a Muslim in the United States since September 11, 2001. Source: Pew Research Center, “Muslim Americans . . .”

888 hate groups are currently operating in the United States, an increase of 48% since 2000. Among them: 20 Ku Klux Klan chapters in Texas, 9 black separatist organizations in Georgia, 10 neo-Nazi groups in New Jersey, and 21 skinhead groups in California. Source: Southern Poverty Law Center

41% of Hispanics say that they, a family member, or a close friend has experienced discrimination within the past five years. In 2002, just 31% said the same thing. Source: Pew Hispanic Center

Voters as Bigots

Americans say they would be less likely to support a candidate if he or she were:
Atheist: 61%
Muslim: 45%
Mormon: 25%
Evangelical Christian: 16%
Hispanic: 15%
A woman: 12%
Jewish: 11%
Catholic: 7%
Black: 6%

Source: Pew Research Center

Parents as Bigots

If their son or daughter started dating someone from a religious group different from their own, members of which of the following religions would cause Americans the most concern?

Muslim: 42%
Atheist/Realist/Humanist: 17%
Mormon: 14%
Protestant/other Christian group: 3%
Roman Catholic: 2%
Jewish: 1%

Source: Zogby

About the Surveys: Gallup’s “Minority Rights and Relations” survey of 2,388 adults conducted June 4 to 24, 2007. • The Harris Poll, “Which Words Are Offensive?” conducted online between May 8 and 14, 2007, among 2,383 adults. • NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey of 700 registered voters on March 24 to 25, 2008. • Pew Hispanic Center, “2007 National Survey of Latinos: As Illegal Immigration Issue Heats Up, Hispanics Feel a Chill (Revised),” conducted by telephone from October 3 to November 9, 2007, among 2,003 Hispanic adults. • Pew Research Center, “Clinton and Giuliani Seen as Not Highly Religious; Romney’s Religion Raises Concerns,” based on telephone interviews conducted among 3,002 adults from August 1 to 18, 2007. • Pew Research Center, “Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream,” telephone survey of 1,050 adults conducted January 24 to April 30, 2007. • Pew Research Center, “Optimism About Black Progress Declines,” telephone survey conducted from September 5 to October 6, 2007, among 3,086 adults. • Zogby International, “American Prejudice,” based on a survey of 10,387 adults from June 22 to June 25, 2007.

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