What the AP Poll on Racial Attitudes Really Tells Us, Part 1

The story also fails to mention the surprising amount of anti-white prejudice that exists – 30% among whites themselves, with almost a half of blacks (47%) also expressing anti-white attitudes.

Editors’ Note: This is Part 1 of a 2-part analysis by David Moore of the Associated Press poll on racial attitudes, conducted by researchers from Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and NORC at the University of Chicago.

Here are some startling findings of the recent Associated Press poll of racial attitudes in America:

43% of blacks are anti-black
30% of whites are anti-white
Almost 9 in 10 (88%) Americans harbor racial prejudice

Those are certainly not the figures you’ve read in recent news reports. Instead, you’re more likely to have read the Associated Press news story paragraph shown below, or some summary of it:

“In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.”


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