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A personal opinion on the effects of racism on the americas

Race, immigration and discrimination The public has long been divided over issues of race: The extent to which discrimination exists and what — if any — approaches should be undertaken to address it.

In recent years, growing shares of the public say more needs to be done to address racial equality and see discrimination against blacks as an impediment to this.

Views of immigration have also shifted in recent years, as Americans increasingly view immigrants as a source of strength, rather than as a burden, for the nation. Partisan divides in both of these areas have only grown over the last several decades, as the public shift in these views is largely driven by Democrats who are increasingly likely to take racially liberal and pro-immigrant positions, while Republican views have remained relatively stable.

  • As a result, the already wide partisan gap on this question has grown considerably larger over the course of recent years;
  • Democrats have long expressed positive views of affirmative action programs;
  • Views of immigration have also shifted in recent years, as Americans increasingly view immigrants as a source of strength, rather than as a burden, for the nation.

The current balance of opinion has changed little over the past few years but marks a shift from 2014 and earlier when the public was more evenly divided on this question.

While it continues to be the minority view, the share of Republicans saying the country needs to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites has increased since 2014. Note that this question was fielded before the events in Charlottesville, Virginia in August. In a survey conducted shortly after those events, a growing share of the public saw racism as a big problem for the country. Significant differences in views on this question remain across racial and ethnic groups.

However, in recent years the share of Hispanics and whites saying the country needs to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites have grown significantly, narrowing the opinion gap with blacks. The share saying the country needs to do more to address racial inequality is up 15 points since 2014 and up 22 points from 2009, when the question was first asked.

The trajectory of views among whites is similar to that of Hispanics. Within Democrats and Democratic leaners, there is now a relatively modest gap between the views of blacks, whites and Hispanics on the question of whether the country needs to do more on black equality.

4. Race, immigration and discrimination

This is a substantial change from 2009, when whites and Hispanics were about 30 percentage points less likely than blacks to say the country needed to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites. Public opinion also has shifted on perceptions of racial discrimination.

  1. Is discrimination overstated or understated? The trajectory of views among whites is similar to that of Hispanics.
  2. Among whites, opinion is more divided.
  3. As in the past, there remain wide racial and ethnic, age, and educational differences in views of whether discrimination affects the progress of blacks.
  4. However, in recent years the share of Hispanics and whites saying the country needs to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites have grown significantly, narrowing the opinion gap with blacks.
  5. Public opinion also has shifted on perceptions of racial discrimination.

This shift in overall attitudes about whether discrimination inhibits the progress of blacks in the country is almost entirely the result of changing views among Democrats. Republican views have moved only modestly. As a result, the already wide partisan gap on this question has grown considerably larger over the course of recent years.

As in the past, there remain wide racial and ethnic, age, and educational differences in views of whether discrimination affects the progress of blacks.

  • This is a substantial change from 2009, when whites and Hispanics were about 30 percentage points less likely than blacks to say the country needed to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites;
  • Views among Democrats and Democratic leaners are the reverse;
  • This is a substantial change from 2009, when whites and Hispanics were about 30 percentage points less likely than blacks to say the country needed to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites;
  • The rise in positive views of affirmative action programs in college admissions is evident across the political spectrum, though substantial partisan differences remain;
  • The extent to which discrimination exists and what — if any — approaches should be undertaken to address it.

Hispanics are divided in their views: Views on this question among those ages 30-49 are divided. The rise in positive views of affirmative action programs in college admissions is evident across the political spectrum, though substantial partisan differences remain.

The Partisan Divide on Political Values Grows Even Wider

Democrats have long expressed positive views of affirmative action programs. Is discrimination overstated or understated? Among whites, opinion is more divided: Views among Democrats and Democratic leaners are the reverse: Most say immigrants strengthen the country Most Americans have a positive view of the contributions of immigrants to the country.

  1. Views among Democrats and Democratic leaners are the reverse. Is discrimination overstated or understated?
  2. Note that this question was fielded before the events in Charlottesville, Virginia in August.
  3. However, in recent years the share of Hispanics and whites saying the country needs to continue making changes to give blacks equal rights with whites have grown significantly, narrowing the opinion gap with blacks. Is discrimination overstated or understated?
  4. Positive views of immigrants have continued to increase in recent years.
  5. Significant differences in views on this question remain across racial and ethnic groups.

Positive views of immigrants have continued to increase in recent years. Attitudes today are the reverse of what they were in 1994. Republicans are split in their views of the contributions of immigrants: Republican attitudes toward immigrants have fluctuated over the past few decades, though the share viewing immigrants as strengthening the nation has never surpassed the share saying immigrants are a burden.

But Republican views today are slightly less positive than they were in the early 2000s. As a result of differing opinion trends among Republicans and Democrats, the once modest partisan difference in views of immigrants has ballooned to 42 points in the current survey — the widest gap since the question was first asked in 1994.

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However, views are the most positive among those with the highest levels of education. Within both parties, young adults are the most positive towards immigrants. Views about immigrants and the nation largely parallel attitudes about whether openness to people from all over the world is an essential aspect of the national character: