Stark Racial Differences in Views on U.S. Status

Justin McCarthy, Gallup, January 28, 2014

Overall, Americans are as likely to be positive (39%) about the current state of the country as they are to be negative (40%). However, the gap between whites’ and nonwhites’ views of where the country stands is wider than at any point in recent history, with nonwhites now almost twice as likely as whites to view the nation’s situation positively.

These findings are from Gallup’s annual Mood of the Nation poll, conducted Jan. 5-8, 2014, which asked Americans to rate the present standing of the U.S. using a zero-to-10 ladder scale, with 10 being the best possible situation for the country and zero being the worst. Scores from six to 10 are considered positive, and scores from zero to four are considered negative; five is neutral.

The question does not refer to the presidency, yet the elected official occupying the White House has dramatically affected the way particular demographic groups have viewed the country in recent years. From the tail end of President Bill Clinton’s presidency in January 2001 through the start of the last full year of George W. Bush’s presidency in January 2008, whites’ and nonwhites’ ratings of the nation’s standing were generally similar, although whites tended to be slightly more positive than nonwhites. The greatest gap between the two groups’ views was 12 points in 2005, just after Bush’s re-election.

This changed after the 2008 presidential election, when differences between the two racial groups started to get larger. Between 2008 and 2010, the views of whites and nonwhites soured, likely reflecting the major economic challenges that erupted in late 2008. However, whites’ views declined much more than nonwhites’, resulting in a six-point gap in 2010 with nonwhites more positive than whites.

More than half of whites (53%) were positive about the country’s current trajectory in January 2008–10 months before the presidential election. After President Barack Obama’s first year in office, that percentage fell to 35%. Four years later, that figure is roughly the same.

Conversely, nonwhites have been increasingly positive about the United States’ standing. While their assessments of current conditions dipped with the rest of the country’s in 2010, nonwhites’ views have increased 16 percentage points since then.




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  • MekongDelta69

    “57 percent of non-whites think the country is doing well.”

    Of COURSE they think that way. That’s because Whites are paying their freight.

    • Johnny Clay

      And the POTUS is avenging 400 years of “oppression” and grievances.

      • sbuffalonative

        Standard black-think. They could care less about how bad things are as long as a black man is in charge. ‘Better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven’.

        • Evette Coutier

          Milton was Scottish.

          • Iron Helm

            He was English. What a strange post that was by you.

          • Evette Coutier

            You are correct. He was English. I don’t agree with the characterization that it is a black trait to rule in hell and not serve in heaven. Blacks destroy, they don’t rule. Whites have a rich history of rule even in hellish conditions. It’s high time whites stop acting like powder puffs and get a little Spartan backbone. If we have become so weak then we deserve to lose to blacks. I’d far rather rule in hell than be a kowtow slave. There is no heaven for slaves.

      • Whitey Ryan

        That’s what it looks like from here.

    • William_JD

      Also, a lot of them are comparing things to how things were in their old countries, while Whites are comparing things to how they used to be in this country.

  • Daniel Schmuhl

    It sure is great to be living off of that white government cheese.

    • LACounty

      And getting better.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    But “we’re all the same” the Liberals assure us. If we’re all the same then why do whites and non-whites view America’s future so differently? The true answer is because whites see that the government is working against them and non-whites see that the government is working for them. Liberals, of course, will say that the rational white disillusionment reflected in the survey is actually white racism.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Hey man…it’s sinking in. The brainwashing is wearing off…

      I used to play a computer game years ago called “Alpha Centauri” – broad strategic “god game” like the Civilization series. After a while the “drones” (low skilled workers) would riot if one didn’t pay enough attention to them. One way to deal with it was to “nerve staple” them, some form of minor mind control atrocity.
      After enough nerve staplings, however, they would eventually build up a resistance and…uh oh…

      Reminds me of what’s happening to our folk right now. The propaganda nerve staplings are wearing off. The lie is not sustainable.

      • Jim Barlow

        What worries me though is the 30% of whites that are still brainwashed (and believe the US is moving in the right direction).

        This number hasn’t changed in 4 years which suggests that the trend has bottomed out, this 30% are never going to change.

        For a chemical reaction to occur you need a certain amount of energy – I don’t believe 70% is enough.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          I wonder who is considered “white” as well.
          Once the New Civil War starts up, or more accurately and to borrow one from ancient Roman history, the Social War…
          Well…I COULD envision a broad struggle of Merit vs. Crypto-Marxism, where some groups of non or arguably White folks make common cause with us. I know this is a touchy topic, but I might not mind a Reverend Manning regiment or a Castile Battalion or such fighting on our side for some reasonable consideration.
          I hold an especial hatred for treacherous Whites. They do more damage than the darkies by enabling and excusing them. Perhaps even some kind of “Darky Dirlewanger brigade” to deal with them. Hey traitor, you love ’em so much? Yer gonna love this…

        • sbuffalonative

          Many people still have good jobs and are relatively insulted from the ‘problems’ of the US so it’s not surprising that 30% don’t see how bad things really are and how far we have fallen. Unfortunately, some people who live in the suburbs are oblivious to the wider world.

      • Garrett Brown

        Shogun 2 total war bro.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          I’ve played all the Rome: Total War and Medieval: Total War versions – good stuff – but missed the Shogun ones.

          I also loved the old Campaign Series originally put out by Talonsoft. Based on the venerable Avalon Hill Panzer Blitz/Panzer Leader/Arab-Israeli Wars line. Now put out by a company known as Matrix Games, though last time I tried to install I had problems getting them to run on later versions of Windows. Wonder how they work on Windows “hate” as I refer to it.

          Good war simulation games are fun and good training in tactics/strategy.

          • Garrett Brown

            Rome 2 is garbage. I highly recommend you stay away from that game, it will break your heart.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Played any of the “Empires”? I think my current compy can run it.

          • Garrett Brown

            Yah, they’re alright. I personally like napolean but I think the total war franchise really shines and was designed for ancient and medieval combat. The gun thing never really appealed to me.

      • Brian

        Great game that was; a lot of depth and strategy.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          SMAC/AC is still my favorite of that series. Have a good buddy with red/green color blindness that it gives fits to, but I like it better than any of the Civ’s that followed.

          • Brian

            I still play Civilization I, and am always the English or Greeks focusing my wrath on the Zulus.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Ha ha! I’ll always remember another good buddy who, after being tortured and humiliated by Shaka much of the early game, finally turned the tide. A mild mannered guy, he’d gotten pretty steamed, lol…

            Eventually I heard him talking to the computer in sotto voice,
            “Shaka, my black brother…I’m sorry, but I’m gonna hurt you…”


          • Brian

            Shaka breaks every ‘treaty’ he makes, and is a constant, violent irritant. I usually end up having to nuke him, for his own instruction you understand. Who says you can’t learn life lessons from video games?

          • saxonsun

            My choices too.

          • Kenner

            Back in the late fifties, early sixties, Tarzan comics ran an occasional separate story with a Viking settlement in Africa fighting off attacks by black ‘Skraelings’.
            Now we’re living it.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Solomon Kane, a butt kicking Puritan – one of my favorite RE Howard characters had some politically incorrect adventures in deepest darkest as well…

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    This is because the non-whites in America are mostly low-IQ and don’t understand how the economy works. They don’t know how and why the economy is going to stay bad and only get worse with what Congress has in store for us (mass immigration).

    • Whitey Ryan

      Let’s include goofy bleeding heart whites too. They’re not exactly high on the IQ factor, either.

    • 1stworlder

      They are getting government handouts from white taxpayers

  • Dave4088

    I, too, would be much more optimistic if my race bestowed certain inalienable rights and privileges. We have a system of non-white skin privilege.

  • bigone4u

    For blacks to say the country is on the wrong path would be treason to their race since their guy is now the dictator-in-chief, riding roughshod over the Constitution (what’s left of it). The only thing they care about is he’s black and they approve because of it.

    Blacks think everything is OK so long as the EBT cards and welfare checks keep coming in. They have no notion of how they are a drag on economic prosperity for the rest of us.
    Blacks have no idea of how Constitutional government, with limits on government power, works and why government should be limited in power. Ever met a black libertarian? Neither have I.

    The propaganda that there is only one America is just that. There is a resource-rich land and a people-white-that put this place on top. The people’s mistake was allowing nonwhite immigration and not repatriating blacks after the War of Secession. We whites are in a constant, never-ending fight to create something better, while weighted down with the egalitarian mindset. Until our way of thinking changes, the ship of state is going to keep slowly sinking.

    The best that many of us will be able to do for us and our posterity is to create white enclaves of prosperity as far from diversity as possible. Either that or American Revolution II, which would necessarily be violent since our enemies need us as their slaves and would just as soon kill us as see us free.

    • Tarczan

      I agree, but- if the welfare state and all of the government giveaways were eliminated, if freedom of association was allowed, if affirmative action was overturned, things would change dramatically. If the federal government abided by the Constitution and honored the 9th and 10th amendments, the effects of multi-culturalism wouldn’t be as bad. If each group received no favored status and survived on their own efforts, who would complain ? At least complain less.

      At this point, we can’t ship them back, but if creeping socialism were eliminated, things would be a lot better. This where we should direct our efforts.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Most whites would prefer a second American Revolution. Our forefathers built this country. We’re not going anywhere. Most of us would rather die than cede a square inch of this land to some third world parasite who’s only here to rape and pillage what is left of white civilization. We don’t want to live in enclaves, while the diversity is free to colonize as it sees fit. If anyone has to go, it’s the non-whites. Either they go back to their third world countries peacefully or we send them home in body bags.

      America is our land, originally founded as a home for the Aryan race. And we want our country back.

      • saxonsun

        I have been waiting for decades for whites to awaken and re-claim their nation. I never thought things would get this insane.

    • Brian

      Ever met a black libertarian? Neither have I.
      I did, once. I wanted to pet him, same as I would a unicorn. You never know if you’ll ever see a legendary creature like that again. 😉

      • WR_the_realist

        Larry Elder is a black libertarian. You might be able to find a dozen other black libertarians in this country.

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  • Spartacus

    “…with nonwhites now almost twice as likely as whites to view the nation’s situation positively.”


    I’m sure it’s the same throughout the third world.

  • Fathercoughlin

    Imagine a white girl is the victim of a gang rape by a group of black thugs. If you polled the black thugs as well as the girls family,do you think they’d have any differences in how they viewed this incident? Would one group,possibly the black thugs,view it in a more positive way?

  • libertarian1234

    “57 percent of non-whites think the country is doing well.”

    And of that 57% one hundred per cent of them are low information voters who couldn’t name even one cabinet member.

    Their most popular choices were Emillio Zapata and Calypso Louie.

  • Luca

    This is why non-whites are the perfect “useful idiots”. They are so easily fooled, so easily pleased with creature comforts, and so obedient to their elite masters.

    Throw them some cheese and $1 bills, feed them propaganda and watch them dancing in the streets.

    • Whitetrashgang

      That goes for whites too, that’s why were in this mess.

    • Max

      -an’ a sale fome

  • Evette Coutier

    That 57 percent is being subsidised by whites. Of course they are positive. Flip that coin and make them pay their own way and they’d be up in arms ready to revolt.

  • Pelagian

    And our elected leaders and other elites won’t rest until it is 100% vs. 0%.

  • king and slave

    Of course the non-whites in America view the situation positively. They get all the preferential treatment, all the handouts, all the kowtowing!

  • RisingReich

    It escapes my mind how the string pullers expect this to end well.
    They are either incredibly evil (I mean literally the personification of evil as a group) or incredibly stupid.

    I can’t believe anyone not medically determined to be retarded could be that stupid.

    It is increasingly apparent to me that a major component of this PC hogwash is this….PC teaches that EVERYONE, including ‘out-groups’ are inherently good people. This, of course, is the biggest lie going. It’s patently false when applied to the human race. In fact, PC teaches that good behavior is BAD.

    White people need to take the perception that things ‘aren’t going well’ and further apply said idea to REALITY. A true perception of REALITY is really what is lacking here.

    Little slow on the uptake, but we’re getting there….

    • Whites, as a race, tend to be honorable, fair-minded, just, and honest. Naturally trusting, because we can usually trust our own kind, we just don’t have the ingrained suspicion of others that those of the other races are born with. We aren’t generally thieves and liars, so we are slow to suspect others of dishonesty. We don’t murder and rape as Saturday night pastimes (most of us, anyway), so it continually shocks and dismays us when non-Whites do such terrible things without remorse.

      The reason integration has been so devastating for our people is not because of the general degeneracy of the other races. It has been so devastating because, as a group, we are simply better human beings than they are, and it goes against our nature to harden ourselves and stop giving others the benefit of the doubt.

      That’s why I call the enemies within our race “weak seeds.” Some of them may even have good intentions beyond hatred of us and the civilizations our forefathers built. Some of them may mean well when they try to elevate non-Whites above Whites. But their intentions mean nothing and they’re still our enemies. Because we can no longer afford weakness as a race.

  • Truthseeker

    The white American awakening is coming. It hasn’t quite blossomed yet, but the seeds have slowly begun to sprout. Most white Americans don’t yet consider themselves nationalists who’d support a white homeland, but they’re getting there, because it’s becoming harder and harder not to notice how much mainstream society is marginalizing them. They don’t understand this feeling yet, but they can sense it in their bones that something just isn’t right.

    Many are still afraid of being called “racists.” Many still can’t reconcile their increased racial awareness with their lack of hatred for people of other races. Many still fear the consequences of going against official truth. But these forbidden thoughts are in their minds, and they refuse to go away. At some point, the burden will become too much to bear.

    Nationalism will return. Many white Americans have already moved on from the establishment’s anti-white “respectability” and embraced their newfound sense of white identity. In the future, more will do so. The movement will eventually be big enough to make waves throughout the country. We whites have defended ourselves and our culture for centuries against enemies who wanted to destroy it, and again we find ourselves face-to-face with those enemies. We will not back down, and we will be victorious.

    • wildfirexx

      The difference in the past is we knew who our enemies were. Today our enemy hides behind the matrix curtain, like the Wizard of Oz, getting us to skip down the never ending yellow brick road like a flock of sheep. They do this by manipulating our inner thoughts, encouraging multicultural propaganda, and defending the anti-white affirmative action… even though they know it’s discriminatory. And as long as they hold the purse strings, and control the media they will continue to do so!

      • We still know who they are. And they know we know it. Why do you think they’re in such a raw panic lately? Even the most hardcore true believer liberals I know were disgusted by the blatant anti-Christian, anti-White, anti-American spectacle the MSM created at the Grammys. Remember that our ancient enemies have one fatal flaw: hubris. They just can’t seem to stop themselves while they’re ahead.

        It’s up to us to exploit that flaw, draw attention to it, and make it undeniable and a topic of discussion even in polite company. Pointing out the elephant in the room is so liberating! And it works.

  • LuisBritishIberian

    I think of the United States as consisting of pockets of the 1st world (white America) , the 2nd world (Hispanics) and the 3rd world (blacks). It’s obvious to anyone with eyes to see that blacks are entirely dependent on whites for most all the comforts of modern civilization. I believe that many of them are unaware of this fact and instead see whites as hoarders of wealth and positions of power. The recent increase in black politicians in more prestigious positions (the presidency and other federal offices) leads many of them to think that America is in a better economic and cultural state, hence the polls results. Whites on the other hand recognize a sinking ship when they see one. Whites who live amongst vast swaths of their own kind still fall for the “America is the place of opportunity” and “America is the land of Immigrants” concepts. I think that very soon many neocons and even leftists will see the truth of Americas’ current state and future.

    • Max

      Indeed, when you see that “The First Family” of your country is black, you know things are going bad quickly.

  • MBlanc46

    The gummint keeps handing out more and more gibs to the nonwhites. Why wouldn’t they think that things a great?

  • Max

    Liberal reading of this poll: “67% of whites finally admit to being racists in national poll.”

  • thaidude

    Walter Williams comes to mind.

  • David_Smith

    Ignorance is bliss.

  • bubo

    Whether something as abstract as “the country” is doing well or not is too advanced for most non-whites’ cognitive abilities. They simply don’t really know. But they do know that there is a black in charge and that blacks and browns are generally getting their way on most things to the detriment of whites.

  • SoulInvictus

    I guess for Some Americans, things are better…


  • Evette Coutier

    The quote “better to rule in hell than to serve in heaven” is from Milton. His point was it is better to rule than to be a slave regardless of the circumstances. Blacks don’t rule, they destroy.

  • M.

    “Non-whites are more positive about the country’s current standing.”

    Of course they are. They’re taking it over.

  • John K

    Blacks are basing their opinions on two things: 1) welfare is at an all-time high and a lot of welfare rats vote (more than once); blacks vote for who can give them the most handouts, and 2) they have what they call “our own president”. Blacks voted for Obama because he’s black (or half-black), not because he’s qualified, which he is not.

    Blacks are unable and unwilling to represent all races, it’s only about them and how they can get ahead at someone else’s expense. They are a burden on civilization, and this is a major reason America is in financial trouble.

  • Bobbala

    It always struck me as naïve that blacks would consider high unemployment a bad thing.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    When they are no longer able to live high on the hog on our ever thinning dime, their point of view’s going to do an about face. That is when we’d better lock n’ load.

  • Chris Granzow XI

    Whites are displeased because they see America being destroyed, and non-whites are happy because they know their mission is being accomplished. You see how inverted our interests are.