I have no doubt that Democrats are the most racist (and vile) people on the planet. Most don’t even realize just how racist they are, since they usually don’t possess the intellect to see “outcomes.”
Further, Democrats LOOK for racism in everything, incapable of just taking things at face value.
Nevertheless, much of the public believes the Madison Avenue sales job that Republicans are the most racist.
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Social desirability bias may discourage Americans from expressing their true feelings.
Social desirability bias
is a social science research term that describes the tendency of survey respondents to answer questions in a manner that will be viewed favorably by others. It can take the form of over-reporting “good behavior” or under-reporting “bad”, or undesirable behavior. The tendency poses a serious problem with conducting research with self-reports, especially questionnaires. This bias interferes with the interpretation of average tendencies as well as individual differences.
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In 1988 when Jesse Jackson was running for the Democratic nomination, 23 percent of white Democrats said they wouldn’t vote for a black president, compared to 19 percent of white Republicans.
In 2008, when Obama was a candidate rather than a president, the numbers were about equal ( 5% ) among Republicans and Democrats.
In 1990, 65 percent of white Democrats and 71 percent of white Republicans said they’d object to an interracial marriage of a close relative.
From 1990 to 2008, white Republicans were just slightly more likely than white Democrats to say they considered blacks to be more “unintelligent” than “intelligent.” However, the numbers have fallen over time, and the small partisan gap erased itself in 2010 and 2012, under Obama’s presidency. [Under Obama, I would not be surprised to see this number go way up, given that he was supposed to be SO smart.]
A 1989 poll shows that approximately 63% of white Republicans and 63% of white Democrats believed that blacks lack the motivation to pull themselves out of poverty.
In 2004, approximately the same percentage ( 32%) of white Republicans and white Democrats opposed a close relative marrying a black person.
In 2006, 37% of white Republicans and 36% of white Democrats said blacks are “more lazy” than “hard-working”.
The 2009 survey showed that the percentage of white Democrats and white Republicans who oppose living in a half black neighborhood was tied at 20%.
A 2008 survey shows the percentage of whites who say they do not feel close to blacks at 10% for both parties.
In 2004, 18% of white Republicans, and 15% of white Democrats said they believed the federal government was spending too much money on improving conditions for blacks.
On average, between the 2004 and 2006 editions of the surveys — the last two before Obama was either a president or a candidate — the index of negative racial attitudes stood at 22 percent for white Democrats and 26 percent for white Republicans. Those values are within the margin of error.
If there’s a discouraging trend, it’s not so much that negative racial attitudes toward blacks have increased in these polls, but that they’ve failed to decrease under Obama, as they did so clearly for most of the past three decades.
I completely get most of these statistics. Sure there are some knuckledragging Neanderthals who are just race bigots, but most of them are “old school” folks, with one foot in the grave and another on a banana peel.
I’d love to see a poll of black people with respect to race. I bet you’d get some astoundingly racist statistics against whites.
Thanks for all the racial healing, Barack Obama.
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