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Poll: Only 19% of Blacks Believe Americans Judged by Content of Character

Poll: Only 19% of Blacks Believe Americans Judged by Content of Character

Only 19% of blacks and 54% of Americans believe Americans are judged by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin, according to a national survey that was released on Wednesday.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll asked Americans:

Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with the following statement–America is a nation where people are not judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

In response to this question, 54% of Americans either “strongly” or “somewhat” agreed, while 55% either “somewhat” or “strongly” disagreed. From 2009-2011, more than 60% believed Americans were judged by the content of their character.

Among whites, 59% either “strongly” or “somewhat” agreed now, with 21% “strongly” agreeing. 

Among blacks, only 9% strongly agreed and 10% somewhat agreed. On the other hand, 54% of blacks “strongly disagreed” with the statement while 25% “somewhat” disagreed, meaning 79% of blacks disagreed that Americans are judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

Among Hispanics, 26% “strongly” agreed and another 28% “somewhat” agreed while 44% either “somewhat” or “strongly” disagreed. More Hispanics (26%) “strongly” agreed than whites (21%).

The survey polled 1,000 adults between July 17-21, and its margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points.  

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