July 29th, 2010
12:08 PM ET
12 years ago

CNN Poll: Hispanics more optimistic than blacks over race

Washington (CNN) - Two-thirds of Hispanics indicate they've been victims of racial discrimination, but a majority say that a solution to their problems with whites will eventually be found, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Thursday indicates that 66 percent of Hispanics say they've been a victim of discrimination because of their race or ethnic background. Almost as many African-Americans said the same thing, but only 31 percent of white respondents who said they've been the victim of racial discrimination.

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Overall, 57 percent of people questioned in the poll say that racial discrimination against blacks is a serious problem, with that figure rising to eight in ten among black respondents. The poll indicates that 62 percent of the public says that racial discrimination against Hispanics is a serious problem, and among Hispanics, that rises to 78 percent.

Looking to the future, the poll suggests that Hispanics are more optimistic than African-Americans when it come to ending racial tensions.

"While most black respondents say that there will never be a solution to racial problems between blacks and whites, a majority of Hispanics say that a solution to their problems with whites will eventually be found," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The poll's release comes as parts of an Arizona immigration law take effect Thursday, after a federal judge blocked several of its most controversial aspects. The preliminary injunction, issued Wednesday, means that, at least for now, police are prevented from questioning people's immigration status if there is reason to believe they are in the country illegally.

The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll was conducted July 16-21, with 1,018 adult Americans questioned by telephone, including a special sample of 308 black and 303 Hispanic respondents. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'm a dark-skinned Dominican, I'll say it:

    We Hispanics, Latinos et al come in all different shades and hues. I have friends and family that bear no accent when they speak, and are light enough to 'blend'. Their experience, therefore, of racism in America is a bit altered. They can walk into certain restaurants and be seated right away; they are generally speaking not followed around at high-end department stores (yes, this stuff STILL happens on more occassions than you'd care to hear about) They 'blend' better.

    Not so if you're the 'typical' African-American. Very little 'blending' going on. In addition there are 'leftover' attitudes from a not too proud period (that some seem intent on resurrecting) in our history vis-a-vis whites and blacks,baggage that's hard to lose.

    My personal experience as a naturalized citizen of the greatest country in the world (USA) has been truly exceptional. I am proud of having been born Dominican, but my willingness to achieve, excel, and realize my dreams found a very willing, and nurturing home in these United States of America. I cherish and love this country, my country. d I only wish that those who were fortunate enough to be born here would appreciate and respect it. The opportunities this country offers to all who are willing to put in the work are unmatched anywhere else in the world.


    July 29, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  2. Debby

    Its sad that this topic even has to be discussed week after week.

    July 29, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. JC

    Whats the problem between blacks and whites? I have no idea unless it's self pity.

    July 29, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  4. valwayne

    Discrimination is a serious issue. Discrimination against African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Jews, Catholic, Hindus, Moslems, Women, Overweight people, the handicapped, ugly people, short people, orientals, gays, etc etc etc. Which of us doesn't fit into one of those categories?

    July 29, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. Dean

    I wonder if the Black community realizes how much they bring racism on themselves.
    They have NABJ, NAACP,BIG, Black Oraganization of Airline Pilots, Black Career Women, BET, Black Miss America, Black Pages, A Mighty River,National Urban League, Rainbow Push Coalition.........and the list goes on forever.
    You are the ones segregating yourselves from the rest of society, not us.
    And the 200 years of slavery were long before your time and my time and there is nothing that we can do to change history. But we will never get past Jim Crow times as long as you don't let us.

    July 29, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. once upon a horse

    one thing I have found out is that a lot of conservatives and others on the right only want to discuss racism when they feel it is one of THEM that has been wronged. They have no problem opening discussions on things like the firefighters in MA they felt were victims of unjustice, or that perhaps affirmative action may be unfair to whites, BUT let it be anyone else a possible victim and you get a deaf ear. Rush Limbaugh admitted he became "bored" with the Sherrod case ONLY after it was found that she was the victim of a hoax..had it been the way it was reported at first he and the far right would have been all over it. We as Amercian people need to STOP this foolishness all together but I know it will never happen, at least not in my lifetime.

    July 29, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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