A recent poll finds that as America’s racial makeup shifts, so does its overall perception of racists.
According to Rasmussen, Americans consider blacks more likely to have racist attitudes than whites or Hispanics.
From the poll:
Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults think most black Americans are racist, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 15% consider most white Americans racist, while 18% say the same of most Hispanic Americans. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
There is a huge ideological difference on this topic. Among conservative Americans, 49% consider most blacks racist, and only 12% see most whites that way. Among liberal voters, 27% see most white Americans as racist, and 21% say the same about black Americans.
From a partisan perspective, 49% of Republicans see most black Americans as racist, along with 36% of unaffiliated adults and 29% of Democrats.
Among black Americans, 31% think most blacks are racist, while 24% consider most whites racist and 15% view most Hispanics that way.
Among white adults, 10% think most white Americans are racist; 38% believe most blacks are racist, and 17% say most Hispanics are racist.
Overall, just 30% of all Americans now rate race relations in the United States as good or excellent.
The survey results raise questions about the Nation’s mainstream media outlets’ demonstrated dedication to perpetuating the idea that white on minority racism is more prevalent than other incarnations of racism in the United States. Recent examples include coverage of the trial of Hispanic George Zimmerman, who is charged with the murder in the killing a black teenager, and a public rebuke of television cooking personality Paula Deen, a 66-year-old Southern white woman who admitted to saying “nigger” at some point in her life.