Over two-thirds of Americans think prejudice against minorities is a “serious problem”
Half disagree with the mission of Black Lives Matter; 83% oppose affirmative action
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 22, 2017) – President Trump’s administration faces a difficult challenge in addressing race in the U.S., as the latest icitizen survey of 1,011 Americans shows Trump starting his first month in office with high unfavorability.
According to the poll, 55% of Americans have an unfavorable view of Trump and 44% have a favorable view (1% unsure). These poor ratings are strongest among racial minorities (69%) and millennials ages 18-34 (73%).
Evaluating race and opportunity overall, fully 87% of Americans agree that “our country should do whatever is necessary to make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed” (12% disagree and 1% are unsure). More than two-thirds (66%) also believe that prejudice against minority groups is a “serious problem.”
When diving into the issue of race and how to address it, most respondents were left divided: 48% said they agree with the mission of Black Lives Matter; 49% said they disagree (3% unsure).
“Though most Americans agree with values of equal opportunity, they are split in their support for groups and policies that address racial inequality,” said Cynthia Villacis, icitizen polling analyst. “This discrepancy can be seen especially down party lines.”
Republicans demonstrated slightly greater cohesion, with 92% who disagree with Black Lives Matter, compared to 87% of Democrats who agree with the group’s mission.
Additionally, 83% oppose businesses considering race as a factor in hiring decisions, known as affirmative action. Intensity in opposition is strongest among males 50 years and older (87%), those without a college education (85%) and 91% of those with favorable views of Trump.
Methodology: The survey was conducted online from February 13-17, 2017 among 1,011 Americans nationwide. In order to achieve an accurate demographic representation of the public, the data were weighted to U.S. Census benchmarks for gender, age, race, education and national benchmarks for party identification. The margin of error for the full sample is 3.08 percentage points, and is higher for subgroups.
For more information, contact icitizen’s Lead Polling Analyst Cynthia Villacis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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icitizen is based in Nashville, Tenn., and was featured as a 2016 IDC Innovator for Political Engagement Technology. For more information, visit icitizen.com.