Prejudice Against Blacks on Rise Since '08: AP Poll
More than half of Americans express anti-black attitudes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 27, 2012 9:35 AM CDT
Racial prejudice is still a big part of modern America, according to a new AP poll.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

(Newser) – Racial attitudes have not improved in the four years since the US elected its first black president, an Associated Press poll finds, as a slight majority of Americans now express prejudice toward blacks whether they recognize those feelings or not.

  • In all, 51% of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48% in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56%, up from 49% during the last presidential election. (The full link has examples of questions.)
  • The poll finds that racial prejudice is not limited to one group of partisans. Although Republicans were more likely than Democrats to express racial prejudice in the questions measuring explicit racism (79% among Republicans compared with 32% among Democrats), the implicit test found little difference between the two parties.
  • Overall, the survey found that by virtue of racial prejudice, Obama could lose 5 percentage points off his share of the popular vote. However, Obama also stands to make up some of that (3 points) because of pro-black sentiment, researchers said.

"We have this false idea that there is uniformity in progress and that things change in one big step," says Jelani Cobb of the Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Connecticut. "When we've seen progress, we've also seen backlash."

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Oct 31, 2012 9:52 PM CDT
Your report is based on the AP summary. The actual research report and survey results were somewhat different. First, they found that racism only rose among Republicans in the last two years (not four). Second, there were problems with the implicit measure of racism you're reporting on. The explicit measure of racism found lower levels of overall racism and it was only over 50% among Republicans.
Oct 29, 2012 2:49 PM CDT
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Oct 29, 2012 9:11 AM CDT
At 400 comments, no one will ever read this, but here goes. The survey may or may not measure actual increases in racism, but the results they get can be attributed to two factors. 1) Many white people who really have nothing against blacks find them to be very foolish, even silly. Whites don't feel responsible for the poor choices blacks make and are tired as being blamed for them. Whites are tired of black "leaders" and the way blacks allow themselves to be manipulated by these people. Whites are tired of blacks constantly whining. These attitudes could be called "racism" by an organization such as the AP. 2) The 90% support of Obama by the black community rubs a lot of people the wrong way. They see it as racism and they are right. There are a lot of issues in this election but it is pretty clear the blacks aren't voting them. They're voting race, and the more honest ones will admit it. If we whites even hint at doing this, we are crucified. The Colin Powell endorsement was especially odious. He was fearful of being called an Uncle Tom. so he got right in line. A survey wanting to find racism could very easily construe these factors as that, but they're not. They are the reaction of people to the actions of others.