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FINDINGS FROM THE 2015 AMERICAN VALUES SURVEY 37

who identify with the Tea Party say whites

confront a lot of discrimination. 7 Conversely,

80% of Democrats say that blacks face a lot

of discrimination, compared to fewer than

half of Republicans (46%) and Tea Party

members (44%). Democrats (60%) are also

much more likely than Republicans (34%)

and Tea Party members (30%) to say that

women face a lot of discrimination.

Attitudes about the fairness of the economic

system, measured by the Economic

Inequity Index (EII), also impact perceptions

of which groups are facing discrimination

in the country today. Overall, Americans

who believe the economic playing field is

level (low scores on the EII) are less likely

to perceive existing discrimination against

minority groups. Americans who perceive

the economic playing field to be level (low

scores on the EII) are about equally as likely

to say that evangelical Christians (40%) face

a lot of discrimination as they are to say Hispanic

(38%) and black Americans (40%) face

a lot of discrimination. Americans who score

low on the EII are also significantly less likely

than those who score very high to say that

the following groups face a lot of discrimination:

gay and lesbian people (47% vs. 77%,

respectively), women (23% vs. 57%, respectively),

and Muslims (50% vs. 78%, respectively).

By contrast, Americans who perceive

a lot of unfairness in the economic system

(very high scores on the EII) are more likely

FIGURE 15. Just your impression, in the United

States today, is there a lot of discrimination

against any of the following groups or not?

Percent saying there is “a lot” of discrimination

Gay and

lesbian people

Blacks

Evangelical

Christians

Whites

Women

to say Hispanic (64%) and black Americans (73%) experience a lot of discrimination than they are

to say evangelical Christians (28%) and white Americans (24%) face a lot of discrimination.

Jews

Atheists

Tea Party

16

24

27

Republican

24

36

40

33

49

18 32

35

45

45

0 90

Source: PRRI 2015 American Values Survey.

55

30 34 60

Democrat

Muslims 51% 59% 79%

Hispanics 41 42 68

82

44 46 80

7

Results for members of the Tea Party on this question are based on fewer than 100 respondents and should be

interpreted with caution.

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