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Topics At A Glance: Race Relations

Sample iPOLL here, but there are more than 12,200 questions on Race Relations since 1938!

Race Relations and Discrimination in the US

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In general, do you think race relations in the United States are very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?
NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll, [Jul, 2013]




(Next, we'd like to know how you feel about the state of the nation in each of the following areas. For each one, please say whether you are--very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied. If you don't have enough information about a particular subject to rate it, just say so.) How about...the state of race relations?
Gallup Poll, [Jan, 2013]




Do you think race relations in this country are getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
University of Phoenix/National Journal Next America Poll, [Apr, 2012]



Affirmative Action/Equality in the Workplace

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Do you favor or oppose affirmative action programs for minorities in hiring, promoting, and college admissions?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [May, 2013]




What's the main reason you favor these (affirmative action) programs (for minorities in hiring, promotions, and college admissions)? Is it more to make up for the discrimination or more to increase diversity?
Note: Asked of those who favor affirmative action programs
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [May, 2013]




Who do you think American society should view more favorably... a parent who chooses to scale back his or her career to spend more time raising their children or a parent who chooses to fully pursue his or her career while raising their children, or should Americans view both equally?
%
17     Parent who scales back career
6     Parent who chooses to fully pursue career
74     Americans should view both equally
3     Don't know/Refused
Reason-Rupe Poll, [May, 2013]



Educational Opportunity

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(Just your impression, are blacks in your community treated less fairly than whites in the following situations?)...In local public schools
Pew Social Trends Poll, [Aug, 2013]




Do you think public universities should be allowed to use race as one of the factors in admissions to increase diversity in the student body or not?
Sample: National registered voters
Quinnipiac University Poll, [Jun, 2013]




Thinking about some cases the Supreme Court will decide on next week (June 2013)...How interested are you in the court's decision on...affirmative action in college admissions--very interested, fairly interested, not too interested, or not at all interested?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Poll, [Jun, 2013]



Minorities and the Criminal Justice System

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(Now, read each statement and please say if you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with each one.)...Blacks and other minorities receive equal treatment as whites in the criminal justice system
Public Religion Research Institute Hispanic Values Survey, [Aug, 2013]




Please tell me whether you completely agree, mostly agree, mostly disagree or completely disagree with the following statement....Blacks and other minorities receive equal treatment as whites in the criminal justice system.
Public Religion Research Institute Religion & Politics Tracking Survey, [Aug, 2013]




(Now I'm going to read you a list of specific policy measures about things happening in public places that some people have suggested the government should take on in response to terrorist threats against the United States. For each one, please tell me if you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose that particular policy.)...Using racial and ethnic profiling to decide who should get tougher screening at airports...Do you favor, oppose or neither favor nor oppose this policy as a way of responding to terrorist threats? Is that strongly favor/oppose or just moderately favor/oppose?
%
14     Strongly favor
11     Moderately favor
9     Neither favor nor oppose
15     Moderately oppose
49     Strongly oppose
*     Don't know
1     Refused
Associated Press/NORC Poll, [Aug, 2013]



Interracial Couples

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Do you approve or disapprove of marriage between blacks and whites?
CBS News Poll, [Aug, 2013]




Do you approve or disapprove of marriage between blacks and whites?
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2013]




Now I'm going to read you four things that bother or worry some people. After I read all four items, please just tell me how many of them would bother you. Do not tell me which ones, just how many....An America where gay and lesbian marriages are accepted. An America where there are more foreign cars than American made cars on the road. An America where religious groups have a lot of influence on public policy. An America where most people are not white....How many, if any, of these things bother you?
%
    Mean number of selected statements = 1.62
Note: Asked of Form 2 half sample
Public Religion Research Institute Religion & Politics Tracking Survey, [Mar, 2013]



Muslims and Arab-Americans

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(As you read a list of different groups, please rate that group using a feeling thermometer, a scale that goes between 1 and 100. Ratings between 51 degrees and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warmer toward the group. Ratings between 1 degree and 49 degrees mean that you feel unfavorable and colder toward the group. If you don't feel particularly warm or cold toward the group, you would rate the group at the 50-degree mark.)...Muslims
Public Religion Research Institute American Values Survey, [Sep, 2013]




(Please tell me how much discrimination there is against each of these groups in our society today.) How about...Muslim Americans? Would you say there is a lot of discrimination, some, only a little, or none at all?
Pew Research Center for the People & the Press Political Survey, [May, 2013]




Do you personally know anyone who is Muslim? (If Yes, ask:) Would you say they are a close friend or not?
CBS News/New York Times Poll, [Apr, 2013]



Vote for a Black for President

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(Between now and the 2012 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates--their education, age, religion, race, and so on.) If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be...black, would you vote for that person?
Gallup Poll, [Jun, 2012]




(Would each of the following traits in a candidate for president of the United States make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely to vote for that candidate, or would it have no effect on whether you'd vote for that candidate?)...The candidate is black. Would that make you more likely to vote for that candidate, less likely, or have no effect on whether you'd vote for that candidate? (If More likely, ask:) Is that much more likely or somewhat more likely? (If Less likely, ask:) Is that much less likely or somewhat less likely?
%
2     Much more likely to vote for that candidate
2     Somewhat more likely to vote for that candidate
92     Have no effect on whether you'd vote for that candidate
2     Somewhat less likely to vote for that candidate
2     Much less likely to vote for that candidate
1     Don't know
Associated Press/Gfk Poll, [Oct, 2011]




(Between now and the 2012 political conventions, there will be discussion about the qualifications of presidential candidates--their education, age, religion, race, and so on.) If your party nominated a generally well-qualified person for president who happened to be...black, would you vote for that person?
Gallup/USA Today Poll, [Aug, 2011]



From the Archives


(I'd like to read you a list of some black leaders and organizations. For each, tell me if you respect them a great deal, some but not a great deal, or hardly at all.)...Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Sample: Blacks
Harris Survey, [Dec, 1971]




Black people are not achieving equality as fast as they could because many whites don't want them to get ahead.
Note: Blacks
ABC News/Washington Post Poll, [Sep, 1989]




Do you think affirmative action programs designed to help Hispanics get better jobs and education go too far these days, or don't they go far enough or are they just about adequate now?
Los Angeles Times Poll, [Mar, 1995]




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answered Strongly disagree when asked "(Please indicate how much you agree or disagree with the following statements....Strongly disagree, somewhat disagree, neither agree nor disagree, somewhat agree, strongly agree)...Generations of slavery have created conditions that make it difficult for blacks to work their way out of the lower class."
Associated Press/Gfk Knowledge Networks Poll, [Aug, 2012]


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