Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
October 27th, 2017
According to a new poll, a majority of white Americans believe that discrimination against whites exists in the United States.
Left-leaning NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, conducted the poll and found that 55% of whites surveyed believe that “discrimination against white people exists in the U.S. today.”
— NPR (@NPR) October 24, 2017
They would be right, & I am one of them! Tried to be a Police officer, turned down because of Affirmative Action!
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While a majority believe discrimination against whites exists, most say they have not experiences discrimination firsthand.
Among whites, 19% said they’ve “been personally discriminated against” because of their race when applying for jobs, while 11% said it occurred when applying to or while at college. Thirteen percent of whites said they experienced discrimination when being considered for equal pay or promotion at work.
According to NPR, income seemed to “affect individual responses to the question of discrimination,” with those making less money “more likely to say that whites are discriminated against.”
How will this effect politics?
A political scientist at the University of Akron, David Cohen, said the finding that a majority of whites say whites are victims of discrimination fits right into one of the big narratives of the last presidential campaign.
“I think this does reinforce a lot of the resentment you saw in the 2016 election, especially among white, working-class voters lacking a college degree,” said Cohen, who lives in northeastern Ohio, a traditionally Democratic stronghold full of white, working-class union members.
Trump ran far better there, though, than Republicans typically do, as he easily won the battleground state of Ohio, 52 percent to 44 percent.
But Cohen also adds that for all of the talk of Trump’s message speaking directly to whites in the working class — white voters overall supported him in about the same numbers as they did for Mitt Romney four years earlier — 58 percent for Trump, 59 percent for Romney.
The poll, which sampled 3,453 adults, 902 of whom were white, was conducted Jan. 26-April 9, 2017.
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