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Discrimination in America

Thursday, June 21, 2001

About the survey: African American, Hispanic and Asian responses are based on a poll of a nationally representative sample of 1,709 adult respondents, including an oversample of minorities. The survey was sponsored by The Washington Post, the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University and conducted by telephone March 8 April 22. The total sample included 779 whites, 323 African Americans, 315 Hispanics and 254 Asians, and the margin of sampling error for each group is plus or minus four, six, seven and nine percentage points respectively. White responses to questions 46 and 47 are based on a separate national poll of 1,008 adult respondents conducted May 16 20. Margin of sampling error for these responses is plus or minus 4 percentage points. Sampling error is only one of many potential sources of error in these or any other public opinion polls. Fieldwork for both studies was conducted by ICR of Media, Pa.

* = less than 1 percent

(Complete results to be released at a later date.

45. During the last ten years, have you experienced discrimination because of your racial or ethnic background, or not?

  Yes No Don't know
2001 Total 25% 74% *
White 18% 81% *
African American 46% 53% *
Hispanic 40% 60% 1

Asian

39% 58% 2%

46. In your day-to-day life, how often do any of the following things happen to you because of your racial or ethnic background? (First) (READ FIRST ITEM). Would you say very often, fairly often, once in a while, or never? How about (READ NEXT ITEM). Would you say because of your racial or ethnic background this happens (READ LIST)?

a. You are treated with less respect than other people

  Very often Fairly often Once in a while Never Don't know

African American

6% 11% 51% 32% *

Hispanic

9% 5% 39% 48% -

Asian

2% 5% 38% 55% 1%

White

2% 1% 16% 81% -

b. You receive poorer service than other people at restaurants or stores

  Very often Fairly often Once in a while Never Don't know

African American

7% 10% 53% 29% 1%

Hispanic

8% 6% 29% 56% 1%

Asian

2% 3% 35% 57% 3%

White

1% 1% 12% 85% *

c. People act as if they are afraid of you

  Very often Fairly often Once in a while Never Don't know

African American

10% 7% 35% 48% -

Hispanic

5% 6% 18% 72% -

Asian

2% 1% 20% 78% -

White

1% 2% 8% 89% *

d. You are called names or insulted

  Very often Fairly often Once in a while Never Don't know

African American

3% 4% 23% 69% 1%

Hispanic

4% 1% 21% 73% 1%

Asian

5% 3% 29% 62% 1%

White

1% 2% 11% 86% -

47. Have you EVER been (INSERT ITEM) because of your racial and ethnic background?

a. Physically threatened or attacked

  Yes No Don't know

African American

17% 83% -

Hispanic

13% 87% -

Asian

15% 82% 3%

White

9% 90% -

b. Unfairly stopped by police

  Yes No Don't know

African American

37% 61% 2%

Hispanic

20% 79% 1%

Asian

11% 85% 3%

White

4% 96% -

48. Have you ever not been hired or promoted for a job because of your race or ethnic background?

  Yes No Don't know
Total 14% 84% 2%

White

10% 89% 1%

African American

35% 60% 5%

Hispanic

19% 80% *

Asian

18% 73% 10%

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