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Americans have thoroughly mixed attitudes on racial discrimination

Americans have thoroughly mixed attitudes on racial discrimination

Here’s another interesting, and disturbing finding based in the Pew Research Center’s recently released “typology report.” Kevin Drum writes:

[O]ne result [of the survey] in particular has gotten a lot of play: the finding that more than 80 percent of conservatives believe that blacks who can’t get ahead are responsible for their own condition.

But I think that misstates the real finding of Pew’s survey: everyone thinks blacks who can’t get ahead are mostly responsible for their own condition. With the single exception of solid liberals, majorities in every other group believe this by a 2:1 margin or more. That’s the takeaway here.

Curiously, most Americans still support affirmative action on American campuses. Drum writes: “A sizeable majority of Americans may not believe that discrimination is the main reason blacks can’t get ahead, but apparently they still believe it’s enough of a problem to justify continuing efforts to help out.”

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