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Top Republican Pollster Finds Republicans Think Blacks Are Racist

by David Badash on July 5, 2013

in News,Politics

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Rasmussen, the top go-to pollster most used by Republicans, finds 49 percent of Republicans think Blacks are racist. By comparison, only 29 percent of Democrats, according to Rasmussen, think Blacks are racist, and 36 percent of “unaffiliated adults” think Blacks are racist.

Of course, it should come as no surprise that Rasmussen didn’t quite frame the results of their survey like this.

In “More Americans View Blacks As Racist Than Whites, Hispanics,” Rasmussen writes:

Americans consider blacks more likely to be racist than whites and Hispanics in this country.

Thirty-seven percent (37%) of American Adults think most black Americans are racist, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. Just 15% consider most white Americans racist, while 18% say the same of most Hispanic Americans.

There is a huge ideological difference on this topic. Among conservative Americans, 49% consider most blacks racist, and only 12% see most whites that way. Among liberal voters, 27% see most white Americans as racist, and 21% say the same about black Americans.

From a partisan perspective, 49% of Republicans see most black Americans as racist, along with 36% of unaffiliated adults and 29% of Democrats.

Hat tip: Talking Points Memo 

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SeanLiberty13 July 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Classic projection.

James_M_Martin July 5, 2013 at 8:57 pm

This would seem to be born out by the questioning of witnesses at the George Zimmerman trial. The defense, while not identified as Republican, took a decidedly blacks-are-racist tack when they turned the victim's characterization of defendant Zimmerman, by Trayvon Martin in a telephone conversation with a young woman the night of the incident, as "a creepy cracker." Was this not the first — and by implication , only — evidence of racism in the confrontation? the attorneys pointed out. Of course, there is a parallel in religious right wingnuts' complaints that their "freedom" is being trampled under foot by such things as the "war on Christmas" and the attacks on their claim that the First Amendment does not prohibit the establishment of a particular religion (Christianity) as a matter of national policy. Although they have no monopoly on the practice, the Tea Party cleverly turns matters on their heads when they blame others for the faults most palpably noticeable in themselves. It might be grounded in what Freud called projection, the sloughing off of unwanted traits so that no one suspects you of having them yourself. In some instances, it almost appears to be working, too.

Rhino July 6, 2013 at 11:55 am

Oh FFS. Conservatives have so much unpacking to do…and they can start by learning the difference between entrenched, institutionalized privilege, i. e. racism, and racial hostility in reaction to it.

hvchronic July 7, 2013 at 1:59 am

I live in the supposedly liberal Hudson Valley, where I can hear the "N" word being uttered by the assembled rednecks with unabashed enthusiasm any day of the week at my local Dunkin' Donuts. If I was a black person I'd be a racist too, hearing language like that all the time. Even without this most blatant form of racism, it's still a white man's world, with the deck stacked against any lower income person, black, white or indifferent. Here's a song about that:

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