From the Washington Post:
The poll finds that racial prejudice is not limited to one group of partisans. Although Republicans were more likely than Democrats to express racial prejudice in the questions measuring explicit racism (79 percent among Republicans compared with 32 percent among Democrats), the implicit test found little difference between the two parties. That test showed a majority of both Democrats and Republicans held anti-black feelings (55 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans), as did about half of political independents (49 percent).
Poll finds majority in US hold racist views
Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the nation elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward black people whether they recognize those feelings or not.
Racial prejudice has risen slightly since 2008 whether those feelings were measured using questions that explicitly asked respondents about racist attitudes, or through an experimental test that measured implicit views toward race without asking questions about that topic directly.
In all, 51 percent of those surveyed expressed explicit racist attitudes toward black people, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the share with racist sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing positive attitudes toward black people fell.
It’s not just blacks either. Americans have more than enough hate to go around.
Most Americans also expressed racist attitudes toward Hispanics. In an AP survey in 2011, 52 percent of non-Hispanic whites expressed racist attitudes toward Latinos. That figure rose to 57 percent in the implicit test.
While I am sure the people who keep insisting to me that racism is no longer a problem in the United States are shocked over these findings, not everyone was surprised by the results.
Experts on race said they were not surprised by the findings.
‘‘We have this false idea that there is uniformity in progress and that things change in one big step. That is not the way history has worked,’’ said Jelani Cobb, director of the Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Connecticut. ‘‘When we’ve seen progress, we’ve also seen backlash.’’
Of course, some will continue to deny the problem still exists. For example, here is Fox News’ headline for this story:
AP Uses Online Poll To Claim Increased Racism In U.S.
Finally, some fair and balanced coverage. I mean, online polls are unscientific! Everyone knows that. The dishonesty in that headline would be shocking if it wasn’t from Fox. Of course this wasn’t your average unscientific web poll. From the Washington Post’s coverage:
All the surveys were conducted online. Other research has shown that poll takers are more likely to share unpopular attitudes when they are filling out a survey using a computer rather than speaking with an interviewer. Respondents were randomly selected from a nationally representative panel maintained by GfK Custom Research.
Wonder why Fox would try to spin this poll as some meaningless online survey with questionable results? Could it have something to do with the percentage of Republicans the poll found with explicitly racist views? Go back to the start and reread that number. I report, you decide.
Oh, and if you really want to lose faith in humanity, spend about an hour reading right wing blogs talking about this poll. I do not suggest that you actually do this, but if you really want to watch people disassemble, shift blame, grasp at straws, and outright deny reality, here is an opportunity.