Posted on May 29, 2018

Poll: Majority of Americans Say Racism a Major Problem

Justin Wise, The Hill, May 29, 2018

Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe that racism is still a major problem in American society and politics, according to a new NBC News–SurveyMonkey poll.

Sixty-four percent of those surveyed said racism remains a major problem, while 30 percent said racism exists but is not a major public issue. Three percent said racism once existed but is no longer a problem, and 1 percent said racism has never been a crucial problem.


Forty-five percent of respondents said that race relations in the U.S. are worsening, while 41 percent of respondents said that too little attention is paid to race and racial issues.

Nearly a third of those surveyed, 30 percent, said they think race relations is the biggest source of divide in America, an increase of 4 points from February.

Forty percent of African-Americans in the survey say they have been treated unfairly in a store or restaurant because of their race. Meanwhile, just 26 percent of Hispanics and 7 percent of whites said they have been the subject of unfair treatment at a store because of their race.