Blacks, Hispanics More Optimistic than Whites

Hope Yen and Jennifer Agiesta, My Way, August 1, 2013

Americans’ attitudes about their economic future are sharply divided by race, with whites significantly less likely than blacks or Hispanics to think they can improve their own standard of living. Indeed, optimism among minorities now outpaces that of whites by the widest margin since at least 1987, a new analysis shows.

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research analysis shows that after years of economic attitudes among whites, blacks and Hispanics following similar patterns, whites’ confidence in their economic future has plummeted in the last decade. Blacks and Hispanics, meanwhile, have sustained high levels of optimism despite being hit hard in the recent recession.

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The AP-NORC analysis of data from the General Social Survey, a long-running biannual survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, found just 46 percent of whites say their family has a good chance of improving their living standard given the way things are in America, the lowest level in surveys conducted since 1987. In contrast, 71 percent of blacks and 73 percent of Hispanics express optimism of an improved life–the biggest gap with whites since the survey began asking.

Blacks and Hispanics diverged sharply from whites on this question following Obama’s election as the nation’s first black president in 2008. Economic optimism among non-whites rose, while whites’ optimism declined.

Blacks’ hopefulness isn’t limited to the future; they also express a positive outlook on their current financial standing.

For the first time since 1972, the share of blacks who reported that their financial situation had improved in the last few years surpassed that of whites. The tip occurred in 2010, when the percentage of whites reporting an improvement to their financial situation fell to 24 percent vs. 30 percent for blacks.

“In the minority community, as perceptions of discrimination lessen a bit with the election of an African-American president, people see a greater ability to succeed,” said Mark Mellman, a veteran Democratic consultant who closely tracks voter sentiment. “Many working-class whites, on the other hand, see dwindling opportunities as manufacturing and other jobs that once enabled them to get ahead just aren’t available.”

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The AP-NORC analysis also finds that, based on a separate measure of optimism–one that tracked the percentage of people who believe the country is moving in the right direction – blacks’ optimism since Obama’s election was on average 39 percentage points higher than whites’ assessment of the country’s direction. That represents a reversal from earlier in the decade, when white optimism exceeded that of blacks by an average 18 percentage points.

Hispanic optimism about the country’s direction also surpassed that of whites after 2008.

The increases in minority optimism come despite any real improvement for blacks and Hispanics relative to whites based on economic measures of unemployment, median income and median net worth. For instance, since 2005, whites as a group lost 15 percent of their net worth, compared with 43 percent for blacks.

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  • Ignorance is bliss.

    • kjh64

      “instead of trying to prove me wrong, I get called…. WELL,”

      It wouldn’t be “RACIST” would it? LOL

    • Northerner

      With rapidly changing U.S. demographics, the only thing American rivals need to do is wait us out.

  • Creepy as crackers!

    They should be, everything is handed to them at the expense of Whites.

    • baldowl

      Yes, if I woke up every day to a nice payout based solely on my ethnicity, I’d probably feel pretty optimistic too.
      Actually, I do wake up every day with a nice payout based on my ethnicity, and I’m very optimistic–furious, but optimistic.

    • China_Rising

      Hispanics are especially happy. Their proportion of the population will double between now and 2040.

      • baldowl

        Making that happen will be a lot of mindless fun.

  • YourMOMA

    “The increases in minority optimism come despite any real improvement for blacks and Hispanics relative to whites based on economic measures of unemployment, median income and median net worth. For instance, since 2005, whites as a group lost 15 percent of their net worth, compared with 43 percent for blacks”

    Apparently section 8 housing has some buildings in Beverly Hills. Plus, they consider “Welfare Recipient” to be a full-time career.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    Whites work for a living within the bounds of laws. Asians and TWMNBN work but respect no laws. Blacks and Hispanics leech and steal. No wonder we’re depressed.

  • [Guest]

    >>>“In the minority community, as perceptions of discrimination lessen a bit with the election of an African-American president, people see a greater ability to succeed. Many working-class whites, on the other hand, see dwindling opportunities as manufacturing and other jobs that once enabled them to get ahead just aren’t available.”

    So, according to Mr. Mellman, so-called minorities base their economic views on their racial “perceptions,” whereas white people base their views on the hard facts of job availability.

    Did he intend to tell the truth, or did it just slip out?

  • David Ashton

    Something to look forward to until the goose that lays the golden eggs finally expires?

    • kjh64

      “Something to look forward to until the goose that lays the golden eggs finally expires?”

      Exactly. When the parasites outweigh the host, the host dies.

    • Sick of it

      If blacks have lost 43%(!) of their net worth since 2005, they should already be hopping mad about the strangled goose having died.

  • Germanacus

    Of course blacks and latinos are more optimistic than whites and why wouldn’t they be? Whites do all the sweating over making sure they are clothed, fed, and cared for in every way.

    • baldowl

      In other words, we’re slaves: working, so they don’t have to.

      • WhiteGuyInJapan

        I recommend “The Marching Morons” by Christian Kornbluth. It depicts a world in which 1% of the population works to support the other 99% (morons).

        • Boris_baiter

          I had just recommended the same novella on another forum… excellent story, not a terribly long read…….

  • Dave4088

    It seems incongruent that blacks and browns claim to be oppressed, marginalized and discriminated against by the white man, but at the same time express much more optimism than said evil whites about their future economic fortunes. They have reason to be as they are now the first to be hired and the last to be fired or laid off. And if they can’t land a job they can easily get on public aid.

    • ms_anthro

      What if instead of letting them drive us to extinction, we just shrug?

      We are Atlas, are we not? Isn’t it time to close our wallets, cross our arms, and say, “No more!”

  • libertarian1234

    “Blacks, Hispanics More Optimistic than Whites”

    They’re also more delusional, especially blacks.

    And THAT trend will continue.

    Unfortunately for them.

  • sbuffalonative

    That graph is shocking. The decline of white optimism is steep.

    • Sick of it

      Actually, I’m shocked it didn’t go steeper sooner. Rose colored glasses cover a lot of problems.

    • BarnyL

      Re: graph since 2000, unlike the other groups, there has been no increase in optimism for the whites what-so-ever.

      More patriots crossing the line, to stand alongside their brothers, every day.

  • bigone4u

    Read this Aesop’s fable and substitute whites for the frog and minorities for the scorpion and you’ll understand why when the ship that used to be America sinks, everyone will go down:

    _____________________________________

    The Scorpion and the Frog

    A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
    scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
    frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion
    says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

    The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
    the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
    paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
    but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

    Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature…”

    • Irishgirl

      Spot on, Bigone.

  • Romulus

    Is this a surprise!! The blacks are living off the flames of the white working class and the mexos are set to receive full citizenship in our country , also on the dole! Every tom, dick and foreigner thats of turd world origin is flockin in to get a piece of our pie.

  • John R

    It’s hard for me to comment here. So many other posters are stealing my thunder. But, at the risk of repeating others, yes, I have to say OF COURSE blacks and Hispanics are optimistic. The blacks know they have “Whitey on the run” and that this country is just kissing their ass. As for Hispanics, hey, it must be nice to invade another country, then get your relatives over here, and then know you will be treated as a privileged special interest group more than the native stock of your new land.
    Of course, notwithstanding all this, blacks can still get up in arms about “evil racist America.” Why is that? Because, and I want people here to dwell on this, they see-maybe correctly-White peoples’ concessions toward them as a sign of White fear and weakness, and not a sign of White tolerance.

    • Sick of it

      In other parts of the world, showing weakness can get one killed very quickly. It could be considered counterproductive to pander to the locals elsewhere. Even our relations with Europeans were better when America didn’t listen to their garbage.

    • baldowl

      Tolerance of the intolerable is always and only weakness.

  • Of course blacks and hispanics are more optimistic. There is a reason people have to disclose their race and gender when they make an employment apllication and it isn’t to make sure the best choice for the position gets the job.

    As for this: For instance, since 2005, whites as a group lost 15 percent of their net worth, compared with 43 percent for blacks. The average black woman has a net worth of $5.00, does this mean she had a net worth of $8.77 in 2005?

  • A Freespeechzone

    Face it, Whites will be saddled with paying for their ‘optimism’–higher taxes, redistribution of wealth as punishment for ‘White privilege’.

  • Luca

    Lesser intelligent groups tend to think in the “here and now” and have very little concept or concern about what tomorrow might bring. This is why those stuck with a hunter-gatherer. stone-age IQ, just look around for the low hanging fruit or follow the herd. It never occurred to them to plant and store crops or herd cattle, until they were exposed to it.

    This is why whites, on the other hand, are more concerned about the future, they can see the steamroller coming, they know the fuse is lit. They worry about the consequences and whether or not they are adequately prepared.

    Blacks and browns don’t see the big picture and don’t realize they are killing their golden goose.

  • Spartacus

    “Blacks and Hispanics diverged sharply from whites on this question
    following Obama’s election as the nation’s first black president in
    2008. Economic optimism among non-whites rose, while whites’ optimism
    declined.”

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    Muds steal from whites. Muds see fellow mud getting elected. Muds know fellow mud will allow them to steal more from whites. Whites know mud from white house will steal from them for the benefit of the other muds. Comprende ?

  • Bossman

    Whites who can think should be pessimistic. In the year 1900, Europe was the center of the world and most people thought that the majority of the world’s population would be white by now. In one hundred years, the opposite has happened. Predictions for the year 2100: There will be no difference between East and West. Computers will be almost human and Mexico City will be the capital of North America.

  • BarnyL

    Obama takes more and more taxes off the Whites and gives it to the immigrants.

    What immigrant wouldn’t be optimistic?

    On the other hand tell them that from tomorrow they will have to work to pay their own bills and contribute to the taxman, then measure how optimistic they are.

  • Reverend Bacon

    “In much wisdom there is much vexation, and he that increaseth knowledge, increaseth sorrow.” – Ecclesiastes 1:18

    “Where ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise.” – Thomas Gray

    It strikes me as the height of disingenuousness that the media would feign surprise at this. Haven’t they been gloating for several years at the demise of the white man and the ascension of Hispanics and Blacks? It’s one thing to harness us to the wheel, and yet another to expect us to like it.

    I suppose if you are someone like Chris Matthews or Piers Morgan, you can be a happy idiot, and struggle for the legal tender that you make at the expense of your brethren over whose demise you are gleefully presiding.

    My pessimism knows no bounds; I can’t see this country ever recovering from the brutal rape, both fiscal and physical, it continues to receive from the growing horde of invaders and non-native invasive species.

  • Bossman

    I doubt very much that this is true.

  • MBlanc46

    I don’t think that blacks understand how wealth is created. They think that whites acquire it by some magical means and that the only reason we don’t give it to them is that we’re mean and stingy. I guess it’s not a surprise they’re more optimistic, because for the last forty years we’ve thrown hundreds of billions at them and not expected anything return. Before 1960, we actually made them work for it. We need to return to that situation.

    • Reverend Bacon

      Trillions, but yeah.And hell yeah, we need to make them work for it.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Therein the phrase high hopes or false optimism. These minority groups just drank the Kool Aid that Obummah has been serving.

  • Fredrik_H

    That hispanics feel they have a bright future in the US is something I can understand. Blacks less so, they will just be bottom of the barrel in a spanish-speaking community without any semblance of white guilt instead.

    • Ella

      Hmmmmm….Hispanics wait for the day to replace us.

  • WR_the_realist

    You can be a realist or you can be an optimist but you can’t be both. I am unsurprised that more whites than blacks or Hispanics are realists.

  • Spartacus

    Secede. Either in the South or the North-west (or both, preferably), kick out all non-whites there, under penalty of death, then wait till the rest collapses. After that, when the rest of the territory has crumbled for long enough, invade it and cleanse it of the lesser ones .