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FINDINGS FROM THE 2015 AMERICAN VALUES SURVEY 43

The RII is strongly correlated with views of the Confederate flag. Among Americans who perceive

few effects of racism to be operative today (low scores on the RII), about three-quarters (74%)

say they see the Confederate flag as a symbol of Southern pride rather than racism, compared to

only 21% of Americans with high RII scores.

FIGURE 18. Perceptions of Minimal Racial Discrimination

Percent with low or very low scores on the Racial Inequity Index

By race/ethnicity, class, party affiliation, religious affiliation, and age

All Americans

46

White, non-Hispanic

54

Hispanic

34

Black, non-Hispanic

17

White working class

61

White college educated

45

Tea Party

Republican

75

74

Independent

50

Democrat

22

White evangelical

Protestant

White mainline Protestant

61

63

Catholic

52

Unaffiliated

32

Black Protestant

17

Ages 65+

Ages 18-29

33

47

0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80

Source: PRRI 2015 American Values Survey.

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