ANXIETY NOSTALGIA AND MISTRUST

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Perceptions of “Reverse Discrimination”

Although only one-quarter (25%) of the public believe that whites face a lot of discrimination in America

today, a significantly larger number express concern about the existence of so-called “reverse

discrimination” against whites. Over four in ten (43%) Americans say that discrimination against

whites has become as big a problem as discrimination against blacks and other minorities; 55% disagree.

Opinions about reverse discrimination have remained fairly constant over the past few years.

Substantial racial and ethnic divisions exist in opinions about reverse discrimination. Half (50%)

of white Americans agree that discrimination against whites has become as big a problem today

as discrimination against blacks and other minorities, while fewer than three in ten Hispanic

(29%) and black Americans (25%) agree. Approximately seven in ten black (74%) and Hispanic

Americans (70%) do not believe discrimination against whites is now as big of a problem as

discrimination against other groups.

There are striking divisions among white Americans by social class. Six in ten (60%) white

working-class Americans agree that discrimination against whites has become as big a problem

today as discrimination against blacks and other minorities, while roughly four in ten (39%) disagree.

The views of white college-educated Americans are almost exactly reversed—fewer than

four in ten (36%) say discrimination against whites is now as big a problem as discrimination

against non-whites, while 63% disagree.

FIGURE 16. Today discrimination against whites has become as big a problem as

discrimination against blacks and other minorities

By party affiliation

Disagree

Agree

80

68

64

71

60

55

53

43

45

40

36

28

28

20

0

All Americans Tea Party

Republican Independent Democrat

Source: PRRI 2015 American Values Survey.

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