Dallas Black Blog


“Report Card on American Prejudice”

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Thursday, July 26, 2007

Most Americans believe their fellow citizens hold strong biases against minorities, according to a landmark poll by Zogby International commissioned by GSN. The survey of 10,387 American adults, one of the most comprehensive ever conducted on prejudice, according to Zogby, explores attitudes about race, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender, physical appearance, and politics. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 1 percentage point.

The “Report Card on American Prejudice” is part of a wide-ranging effort by GSN to spur a national dialogue on intolerance and bigotry. The survey’s release provides a powerful follow-up to the July 17th premiere of the groundbreaking new television series, “Without Prejudice?” – which airs Tuesdays at 9 pm (EST) on GSN.

  • On Race: While 67% of respondents claimed to have no preference themselves between a white, black or Arab clerk in a convenience store, 71% said, “most Americans” would seek out the white clerk. Just 1% said Americans’ first choice would be to approach a black clerk, while less than 0.5% said the same for an Arab clerk. And yet, ironically, 55% of respondents said race relations have improved over the past 10 years. Other results on race (where respondents picked from among several races):
  • 73% said in the event of a shooting, most Americans would expect African Americans to be involved
  • 55% said in the event of a drug bust, most Americans would expect African Americans to be involved
  • 53% said in the event of identity theft; most Americans would expect whites to be involved
  • 70% said in the event of insurance fraud, most Americans would expect whites to be involved
  • On Political Affiliation: When asked which political party most Americans believe to be responsible for many of the gravest problems facing the world:
  • War: 62% blamed Republicans vs. 14% Democrats
  • Global Warming: 56% blamed Republicans vs. 10% Democrats
  • Prejudice: 52% blamed Republicans vs. 22% for Democrats
  • Poverty: 49% held Republicans accountable; 29% Democrats
  • Corruption: 47% blamed Republicans vs. 31% Democrats
  • Crime: On this issue, respondents reversed the trend, with 42% blaming Democrats vs. 23% Republicans

Click here to view the entire Zogby/GSN poll.

Pollster John Zogby said, “Over my years of polling, I’ve learned that Americans tend to offer socially acceptable responses when questioned on their own views about race and prejudice. That’s why in this poll we predominantly asked people about “most Americans’” views on race and prejudice. We believe this provides a far more accurate window into how people really think about these issues. Americans are more forthcoming when discussing the problem in the context of their neighbors’ lives than in the context of their own lives.”

(DBB Note: One of the most important results listed is the finding that 52% of “most Americans” believe Republican ideology is most responsible for the existence of racial prejudice.)


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