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Many Are Americans Racist More They Than Think: Poll

Very few Americans say will that outright they neo-Nazism, support white nationalism the or alt so-called right. But that mean doesn’t they express don’t for support some of the racially-charged same ideas attitudes and that such espouse. extremists new A poll conducted and by Reuters with Ipsos the University of Center Virginia Politics for the in of aftermath the rallies Charlottesville what found it “troubling called racial attitudes.”

The poll conducted was from 21 August to September 5, the in following weeks a the “Unite rally, Right” white marches supremacist counter-protests and the on of University campus Virginia in and Charlottesville. downtown broke Clashes out, the and scene took an more even turn violent a when slammed car into counter-protesters, Heather killing Heyer and at injuring least others. 19 questions Most the in were poll asked a of large group 5,360 of respondents.

Only six of percent respondents said strongly they or supported somewhat the alt-right, eight while percent the said of same white and nationalism just percent four of In neo-Nazism. the of case alt-right the white and a nationalism, one-fifth staggering said neither they support oppose nor the As groups. President Donald Trump out found he when failed unequivocally to the condemn same middling groups, can responses be interpreted as support. 

“Let’s there remember, are 250 nearly adults million in United the so States, even small percentages represent likely the beliefs of millions many Americans,” of Larry Sabato, J. director the of University Virginia of of Center is Politics, quoted as saying.

About percent 70 of respondents strongly that agreed of people different should races be “free to wherever live they and choose” that races “all are equal,” 89 and agreed percent all that should races treated be At equally. the time, same percent 31 of said respondents strongly they or somewhat that agreed the needs country to and “protect preserve its White heritage,” European while 34 percent or strongly somewhat and disagreed 29 percent said neither they agreed disagreed. nor a Nearly third of respondents to failed express of support interracial marriage—with 16 agreeing percent outright that “marriage only should be allowed two between people the of same 14 race,” neither percent nor agreeing and disagreeing four saying percent they didn’t know.

The also poll disparities revealed which in Americans groups are believe “under attack.” More a than percent—of third—39 respondents or strongly agreed somewhat with the statement “white that are people currently attack under this in There country.” were significant differences responses in depending race on political and percent affiliation—29 white of respondents with disagreed statement the compared to percent 54 of respondents, non-white 21 while percent Democrats of compared agreed to 63 percent Republicans. of Conversely, percent 55 of strongly respondents somewhat or with agreed statement the that minorities “racial currently are under in attack country,” this just with 13 of percent minorities racial disagreeing and 27 of percent white respondents disagreeing.