July 23rd, 2008
09:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Blacks, whites don't see eye-to-eye on race relations

(CNN) - A new national poll suggests that black and white Americans don’t see eye-to eye-on race relations and racial discrimination.

In a CNN/Essence Magazine/Opinion Research Corporation poll released Tuesday morning, 43 percent of African-Americans questioned say that racial discrimination against blacks is a very serious problem, with only 11 percent of whites agreeing. On the flip side, 42 percent of whites surveyed say that racial discrimination against blacks is not a serious problem, with only 12 percent of blacks agreeing.

More than half of blacks questioned say they’ve been the victim of racial discrimination. But only 32 percent of white respondents said they’ve been a victim of discrimination because of their race, a difference of 24 points.

There’s also a difference of opinion when it comes to the future. Fifty-one percent of blacks polled say that race relations will always be a problem in the U.S. Only 41 percent of white respondents agreed.
When it comes to their children, a slight majority, 55 percent, of black respondents with kids under the age of 18 say they feel financially secure to provide for their children. That number rises to 72 percent for whites questioned in the survey.

The survey was conducted from March 26 to April 2, with 2,184 adult Americans, equally split between black and white respondents, questioned by telephone.

The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus two percentage points.

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  1. Mike in NYC

    From the above:

    “43 percent of African-Americans questioned say that racial discrimination against blacks is a very serious problem…”

    OK, so 57 percent of AA’s don’t think it’s a very serious problem. Then:

    “…42 percent of whites surveyed say that racial discrimination against blacks is not a serious problem, with only 12 percent of blacks agreeing.”

    Now only 12 percent of AA’s don’t think it’s a very serious problem..

    Polls like this never fail to amuse.

    July 23, 2008 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. erica

    wow, that's shocking. it is usually the people that aren't being oppressed who don't see the oppression

    July 23, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. shadowgovernment

    Who comes up with these brilliant polls? Howdy Doody? OF COURSE Caucasians aren't going to feel discrimination is a problem, or that they've felt discriminated against. And why are we making race such an issue all over again? It seems every 20 years or so, the race issue resurfaces - witness the 50's, the 70's, et al. When is this country going to EVOLVE? I'm a white male, and have had quite enough of the division between black/white/yellow/fill-in-the-blank - for those of you still harboring prejudice, get over it. It's the 21st century, for God's sake. This planet we call home is home to a diverse population, of which Caucasians are the minority. I think we have more vital issues to focus on.

    July 23, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Dave, Illinois

    Since a majority of the black population votes one way, they themselves are part of the problem. The Democrats have a vested interest in keeping large parts of the black population irate so that they are a reliable voting block. Most of the inner-city governments that these large black populations elect are Democrats. They elect the same group over and over even though they are disatisfied. Around election time, the Democrats come up with the Republican boogy-man to keep their voting block in line.

    July 23, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Sharbob

    This report is not surprising. Blacks and whites have different experiences in the U.S. That's just a fact . Until we can come together and really talk about the issues that divide us namely culture, economics, education, etc., we will never be able to be one as a people. In Jamaica where I am from, regardless of whether we are white, black, Asian, or Indian, we all have the same culture - Jamaican. We eat the same foods, listen to the same music and attend the same churches! That's where the difference is in the U.S.

    July 23, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. KC

    Black in America ???

    What about Americans in America?
    or illegals
    or whites, mexicans, irish, australian
    or lazy, fat, ignorant, superficial
    or talented, bored, under-educated, over-stimulated

    GET TO THE REAL NEWS

    CNN === sizzle, no substance

    July 23, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. David Goldman for OBAMA

    HOW CAN WE KNOW EACH OTHER'S EXPERIENCES,

    WITHOUT BEING IN EACH OTHER'S SKIN ? THE BEST

    WAY TO DEAL WITH RACE ( I THINK ) IS FOR ALL

    AMERICANS TO TRULY MAKE THIS THE LAND OF

    EQUAL OPPORTUNITY.

    July 23, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. ali

    everyone gets discriminated against for one reason or another at some point,in their lives.blacks have it easy compared to muslims of middle east descent,these days.i was accused of being a muslim ,the other day ,for wearing my obama hat.i'm about as white and hillbilly as they get.people are just hateful until they get their butts kicked for it.i'm sorry for getting angry ,but,i punched him in his big fat mouth,and sent him home crying like a baby.my race,[of whites],are so ignorant sometimes.so arrogant they make me ashamed.cant we all just be americans?why must we have an obvious description of our race ahead of our nationality?whiteamerican,mexican american,whatever!

    July 23, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. John Stevens

    No, really...they don't? How informative.

    July 23, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. big shocker

    White people don't think there are a problem with race relations in the US because most of them have never been on the receiving end of racism.

    Plain and simple.

    July 23, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
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