Posted on May 23, 2022

Poll: 75% of Black Americans Fear Being Physically Attacked Because of Race

Fatma Khaled, Newsweek, May 21, 2022

Anew poll found that 75 percent of Black Americans are worried that they or a loved one would be physically attacked because of their race.

The Washington Post-Ipsos poll, which surveyed 806 Black adults between May 18 and May 20 and was published on Saturday, revealed that 32 percent of Black Americans are “very worried” and 43 percent are “somewhat worried” about racially-motivated physical attacks. Meanwhile, only eight percent of respondents said that they are “not at all worried.”


Last Saturday’s mass shooting is viewed by Black Americans as a reflection to the broader issue of racism in the country, according to the new poll, which showed that 53 percent of Black Americans think that racism in the U.S. will get worse throughout their lifetimes. Only 10 percent think the problem will improve.

The survey also found that 27 percent of Black Americans think “half” of white people hold white supremacist beliefs, while 35 percent think “most” white people hold those beliefs. Eight percent of respondents, however, said “very few” of white Americans hold white supremacy beliefs.

Meanwhile, 75 percent of Black Americans said white supremacists are a “major threat,” and 66 percent said white supremacy is a larger issue now compared to five years ago, according to the poll.