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How do Americans view race in 2019? A new report provides insight




The U.S. Capitol is pictured at dusk in Washington, D.C., in July 2011.
The U.S. Capitol is pictured at dusk in Washington, D.C., in July 2011.
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More than half of Americans, 58%, say race relations in the United States are bad and 53% say they are getting worse, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

The national online survey asked 6,637 adults to answer questions regarding the state of race relations and inequality in the U.S. The poll found that 56% of Americans believe President Trump made race relations worse in the country, while 15% said he has made progress toward improving the relations. About six-in-ten Americans believe the legacy of slavery continues to impact the position of black people in American society and 59% said being white helps individuals get ahead in society. Of those surveyed, 52% of black adults said their race had a negative impact on their ability to get ahead. About 24% of Hispanics and Asians and just 5% of whites said their racial background hindered their ability to get ahead.

Other key findings involve Americans’ views on the treatment of white and black adults by police and the criminal justice system, the role of race on sense of identity and more.  

We speak with research analyst Juliana Horowitz about the survey and its findings. If you have any questions or comments about the report, give us a call at 866-893-5722.

Guest:

Juliana Horowitz, associate director of research at the Pew Research Center; she tweets @jmhorowitz78