Race in America 2019

Race in America 2019

A survey of more than sixty-six hundred Americans by the Pew Research Center finds that 58 percent — including 56 percent of white respondents and 71 percent of black respondents — think race relations in the United States are "generally bad." According to the report, Race in America 2019 (HTML or PDF, 50 pages), 56 percent of respondents — including 49 percent of whites and 73 percent of African Americans — say President Donald Trump has made race relations worse, with 65 percent saying it has become "more common" for people to express racist or racially sensitive views and 45 percent saying it has become "more acceptable" to do so. The survey also found that regardless of whether they see their race as an obstacle, a significant majority (68 percent) of African Americans said being black generally hurts their ability to get ahead in the U.S., compared with 55 percent of whites; black respondents also were far more likely than white respondents to cite racial discrimination (84 percent vs. 54 percent), lack of access to well-paying jobs (76 percent vs. 51 percent), and lack of access to good schools (72 percent vs. 60 percent) as major factors in their ability to get ahead.