SURVEY SAYS BIAS STILL DIVIDES NATION
In a recent
Center survey, a startling majority of respondents reported witnessing some form of bias or bigotry within the last 12 months.
Hundreds of individuals responded to the survey, which asked respondents
to share their opinions about tolerance and justice in America. The results provide a reminder
that there is much work to be done to combat prejudice and intolerance in the United
While many, 39 percent, who answered the poll said they believed the United States is a more tolerant place than it was 10 years
ago, the majority, 43 percent, believe it is less tolerant. Respondents were more optimistic about their own communities,
however, with 45 percent saying that their home state is more tolerant than 10 years ago and 30 percent saying less.
One of the survey's most dramatic results came when respondents were questioned
about their personal experience with prejudice. An overwhelming majority, 70 percent, reported having personally witnessed
an incident of everyday bigotry such as racial stereotyping or the use of derisive names for people of a given race, gender
or sexual identity over the last year.
Finally, nearly all who responded to the survey believe that race continues
to divide the country. Of the more than 800 people who answered, 90 percent believe that racial prejudice continues to be
a divisive issue in the United States.