HOW WE AMERICANS
Brookings Institute wondered too...
First of all, who is this Brookings Institute and why should anyone pay attention to what they have to say?
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If you are not a professional graph reader, let me try to show you the breakdown of the
different social entity's views regarding discrimination.
Attitudes on the amount of discrimination faced by another prominent minority group in America—gay and lesbian people—are also, unsurprisingly, divided along party lines. More than eight in ten (82 percent) Democrats believe that there is a great deal of discrimination against gay and lesbian people in America today. Only about half of Republicans (55 percent) and Tea Party members (49 percent) say the same.
- All Americans: 12% believe there is no discrimination. 20% believe there's some. 26% believe a few groups face discrimination. 41% believe most groups face discrimination.
- Democrats: 5% no discrimination. 12% some. 26% a few. 55% most.
- Independent: 14% no. 24% some. 25% a few. 37% most.
- Republican: 20% no. 27% some. 28% a few. 25% most.
- Tea Party: 21% no. 29% some. 24% a few. 25% most.
The partisan contrast on this scale is significant: only five percent of Democrats believe that none of these groups face a lot of discrimination in the United States today. In contrast, Republicans (20 percent) and Tea Party members (21 percent) are four times as likely to express the same view. At the other end of the scale, a majority (55 percent) of Democrats perceive that most of these groups face a considerable amount of discrimination. In contrast, only one-quarter of Republicans (25 percent) and Tea Party members (25 percent) agree that this many underrepresented groups are facing a lot of discrimination.
In the final equation, Democrats see much more discrimination than do Republicans or Tea Party folks.