Blacks Are More Likely to Be Racist, Poll Says

A survey by Rasmussen Reports on racial attitudes paints African-Americans as holding strongly racist views.

Posted: 07/12/2013 01:10 PM EDT

A new poll that looks at racial attitudes in the United States indicates that Americans believe African-Americans to be more inclined to hold racist views than white and Latino Americans.

The Rasmussen Reports poll said that 37 percent of all American adults think that most African-Americans are racist. The poll states that 15 percent consider white Americans to be racist and 18 percent believe Latino Americans to be racist.

The poll also suggests that nearly two-thirds of adults in the country believe it is possible of people of different races to have an honest an open discussion about issues involving race. Twenty percent of respondents said they did not think it was possible to have such an open conversation, with 16 percent being undecided.

The results of the survey come at a time where there have been significant national conversations and coverage of news stories where race has played a major role. This includes the trial of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin as well as the Supreme Court decision that ended some key provisions in the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The survey represented the views of 1,000 adults and was conducted between July 1 and 2.

The results are more dramatic in relation to the ideological views of the respondents. The poll indicates that 49 percent of respondents who identify themselves as conservative consider Black Americans to be racist, with just 12 percent viewing white Americans in the same way. 

Among those who see themselves as liberal, 27 percent see white Americans as racist. The poll also states that 21 percent of respondents say the same of African-Americans.

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