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. Rick McDaniel

    You can add me to the list of whites who have been subjected to racial discrimination.....by blacks.

    July 29, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  2. her3me24

    Just a thought, but maybe the problem isnt whites? I have been on this planet for more than 40 years. I have seen people be mean to each other for a multitude of reasons and race has never been a factor. Maybe, just maybe it is your perception or the fact that you expect to be discriminated against that drives these feelings. Maybe, just maybe, when you dont get that job it is because you are not qualified, or when you dont get that promotion it is because you are not the most qualified, maybe, just maybe it has nothing to do with your heritage.

    July 29, 2010 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  3. vic

    Thanks to SB 1070 when minorities start to feel they are discriminate that is not good for the country

    July 29, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  4. gt

    oh really.. let a white person go to east st louis , gary indiana or detroit and see how there treated... how about a white east los angles or miami,,,

    July 29, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  5. Hammerer

    How can mexicans claim they are victims when the US government gives them all protections of the country's laws and exempts them from obeying any law?

    July 29, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  6. jay1975

    What race is "hispanic"? Mexicans are a mix of Native American, Caucazoids and African. Most of the island "hispanics" are the same. They are not a race but an ethnicity. If they are discriminated against (and I love how this article makes it sound that only whites can be the perpetrators of discrimination), then it is ethnical discrimination, not racial.

    July 29, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. watching

    "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,"

    bless their hearts,
    Maybe that's because they did not go through over 200 years of slavery & 100 of jim crow. we are all still trying to heal from it.
    continual denial & attacks from whites (evidenced within my wifes family) hurts more than helps

    July 29, 2010 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  8. Shirley in California

    Deny it all you want. RACISM DOES EXIST mostly for black people. Here is a prime example: when Obama was running for president why is it he and Michelle had to be married, hold degrees, have no criminal past, children conceived within marriage and the list goes on and on. Meanwhile, McCain and Cindy had ALL of these things AGAINST them and nothing mattered. Anyone who says otherwise is only lying to themselves.

    Watch how fast this board lights up with comments on race. There is your answer.

    July 29, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. precious

    you can add me to a list of blacks who have been subjected to racial discrimination.....by blacks also.

    July 29, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  10. Mark

    OK, lets stop playing stupid!! We all know the real way to stop all these illegal immigrants from coming over the border is to stop these people here form hiring them. So what we need is laws that go after the people who hire them and pose hefty fine on them when they are caught doing so. We make money off the fines and we have money for the jurisdiction that catches them and other parts of the government. We can not make money off undocumented workers but we can off the people who hire them and cause the problem.

    July 29, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  11. Donkey Party

    Wow CNN, giving the podium almost exclusively to the America-hating right-wing racists today?

    July 29, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  12. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert, but...

    Sure, racial discrimination still exists. But it's quickly taking a back seat to discrimination based on social class. It's become very fashionable and completely acceptable of late to hate on the poor. After all, they're lazy and mooch off of those who "work for a living", right? If they just got up off of the couch, there are plenty of great jobs out there waiting for them. right? Why do you think public housing is disappearing? Why do you suppose that the social safety net is under the axe but "defense" spending is untouchable? Wait until after the fall elections. You'll start hearing the phrase "austerity measures" being thrown around a lot. Wanna guess what types of programs will be cut first? Have a nice day!

    July 29, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Whatever. If you're a minority in this country and your skin is not the color of Glen Beck's, you've experienced some form of discrimination in this country. To be frank, I think African Americans and American Indians are the only two ethnic groups that have a legitimate excuse to bigotted and hateful towards whites. The greatest crime against humanity was committed by the white man. Congress finally apologized for slavery a not too long ago. Too little, too late. It really irks me when matters of race are made into political talking points. I think some whites, not all, think that African Americans will one day turn a blind aye and forget all about slavery and the Jim Crow days. Think again!! As part of American history, it is imperative that all African Americans make their children knowledgeable of the injustices done by the this country.

    July 29, 2010 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Would Tim Mcveigh be a Tea Party hero today?

    Americans let this sore fester for years,Reagan didnt do squat about it either,his bosses loved slave labor.

    July 29, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  15. Deborah/Kansas City

    Yes, poor suffering white people. Especially white males. They have been suffering so much in America-do you not even see how stuipd that is?

    July 29, 2010 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  16. Angus McDugan

    Of course Hispanics do as Obama is on their side concerning voter registration.

    July 29, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  17. jay1975

    watching, how many people today were alive during slavery or Jim Crow. It is time to move beyond the past. Look at the black communities in the cities and see what destruction constant blaming of past ills has caused. When does personal responsibility take place?

    July 29, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  18. Rig

    I and a partner who mexican and I am white. We own a small oil service company and have 74 employees. We have 44 hispanics employees and 11 have worked for us for over 10 years. We do not have one black employee and this is not unusual for our business. Work ethic is the main reason they never last.

    July 29, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. mw

    Race, another case of the have and have nots. The only color that really matters is green. So what, race is there and always will be. CNN stirs the race pot and we all feed into it, not accomplishing a darn thing. When CNN gets serious, and drops all the talking heads, that really don't tell us anything, then and only then will people listen. Race is out there, just be honest about it. Don't be afraid to say what is on your mind. Speak from your heart. CNN, do your job, you be honest, too. Afterall, we get the facts from you. I'm just say'n....

    July 29, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Take America Back

    Of course most blacks will claim discrimination......they are taught it from birth and hear that's the way they're supposed to think. Me thinks (sadly to say) that most have grown to believe they are "entiltled" to things......matter-of-a-fact, that is what it is called today "entitlements".....right?

    July 29, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  21. Baby Boomer

    Hispanics don't have a history of being enslaved in the country. There for I completely understand their ability to be more optimistic about race relations in the United States. They don't have the same frame of reference as African Americans or White Americans.

    By the way, can anybody tell me why so many White Americans are angry and African Americans? Did they ever enslave anyone? Create "Jim Crow" separate but equal laws? Deny anyone the right to vote? Doon hoods and sheets and burn crosses in anyone's yard?

    What did they do to make so many so angry? Survive, Thrive, Overcome Obstacles? Wow... How dare they do that....

    July 29, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  22. Bill; Dayton

    Yes racism still does exist and yes it can be against whites too. Unfortunately, the preponderance of this problems involves those of color (Blacks, Native American, Hispanic/Mexican, Asian, etc.).

    How many of you, because of you skin color, have ever been told to ride the back of the bus, you can't live here, we don't serve your kind, or as I recently over heard some older white men say "that boy (man) better remember his place? How many signs/billboards do you see having hate information about whites? How many minority Senators, Represenatives, Governors, Generals, Fortune 500 leaders are there and do those numbers fairly represent them based on population in America? Minorities are disproportinately under-represented across the board in every area in America and it is not because they do not have enough who meet the qualifications.

    FYI, just a couple of years ago, myself and a friend/worker went to another city to meet with a newly hired employee. I was the VP but because the other person was with me was white, the employee assumed he was the VP and that I was working for him. Things like this happen everyday. How about how missine white kids are constantly shown on national TV but minorities hardly ever get that type of coverage.

    You can deny its existence but that does not and will not take away from the fact of racism's existence. It just happens not to be a visible as it used to be back in the 60's and has become institutionalized where the majority no longers sees it ugliness.

    July 29, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. jay1975

    her3me24, that would require everyone taking responsibility for their own actions. In Colorado, minorities have a drop out rate 50-100% greater than whites. How can anyone expect to be successful if they do not even attempt to finish their free education let alone strive for more?

    July 29, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |

    John, you are missing this important fact: How is the Governor of Arizona and the Second Amendment to the Constitution related? When the Second Amendment was proposed in 1789, there
    was a good reason. The states did not believe the new Federal Government would be powerful enough to defend the states from invasion from other countries. They wanted their own militia for self defence. If Governor Jan Brewer's National Guard is not powerful enough to stop people from crossing the border of Arizona, the Federal Government should send the Army. But the Constitution gives immigration policy making to the Congress. The Congress
    should get off of its devil damn ass and get the job done now!
    Read more internetfreepress.

    July 29, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  25. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Wow here we again with race-baiting and the Puritan-propeller heads getting all excited about their Nutzi agenda.

    July 29, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
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