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US: Diversity (USANetwork 10/30-11/4)


USA Network / Hart Research Associates (D) / Public Opinion Strategies (R)
10/30-11/4/09; 1,614 adults, 2.8% margin of error
Mode: Internet & Live telephone interviews
(USA Network: press release, toplines, racial/ethnic group crosstabs)

National

USA Network Release:

"With the country on the verge of becoming a minority majority population by 2050, the survey shows Americans have mixed feelings about the population's increasing diversity. Only 25% see America's diversity as a clear-cut strength and advantage. Merely five percent say that race relations are no longer a problem in the USA. Overall, Americans, across party lines, think that gays and lesbians and Muslims experience prejudice most frequently; followed by immigrants.

According to the poll, there is plenty of blame to go around for the lack of unity in the country. Americans blame both Republicans and Democrats in Congress for doing more to divide the country than unite it, and four in ten people say that elected officials spend too little time addressing prejudice and intolerance. A majority of Americans (55%) see President Obama as a figure of unity rather than divisiveness. Parents are clearly viewed at the people best able to reduce prejudice, discrimination and intolerance, but they are also seen as falling down on the job."

 

Comments
Xenobion:

Is this the same USA Network where I used to watch episodes of Parker Lewis Can't Lose and Wierd Science?

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Stillow:

Thousands of years of human evolution and we still care what color someone's skin is.....so stupid. black, white, brown, who gives a damn.We are all in this country for the same reason....a better way of life and the opportunity for success that simply is not found anywhere else.

Sheeeesh, what a shame.

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Field Marshal:

Agreed Stillow.

I still think the biggest driver of prejudice in this country comes from the media. They have this fixation (fetish?) of portraying an individual based on color or ethnicity. First black this, first woman that... It perpetuates the biases.

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Xenobion:

Race and gender exist. You can't simply ignore the history that some of these people were not welcome in these systems less we make the same mistake again.

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IdahoMulato:

@Stillow
Thank you for the above. I think I share your thought on this one. I wish you can help Rush Limaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn beck on this area. These guys spew hate everyday.However, racism and sexism will continue to exist until Christ comes. I recently chanced on a research about racism and it found that parents have in large measure are responsible for racism. Parents who make racial remarks and slurs in front of their kids tend to be racist. I remember my wife, who is white told me she remembers her father make racial remarks whenever they're watching footbal or basketball. She claims he father is annoyed that blacks have been allowed to dominate the sports. As parents can pass on their prejudices to children, they can also play an invaluable role in teaching them to be respectful of everyone. Fortunately, the research, published in the September British Journal of Developmental Psychology, shows that kids tendency to racism tend to mirrow that of their mothers than fathers. Fortunate because women tend to be more accepting of other people different from their like than men [http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bpsoc/bjdp/2007/00000025/00000003/art00003]

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Farleftandproud:

Pandora's box has been opened since Obama's election because there has been this inate fear from many white Americans who have stereotyical opinions of African Americans. This is most true in the south. When I learned that Obama got 42 percent of White vote in Kansas which is 99 percent White, compared with 10 percent he got in MS and Alabama. Blacks and Whites in the south may work together but there is a lot of seperatism when it comes to political views. I bet interacial relationships in Alabama or MS would be 10 times harder than it would in Los Angeles or New York city areas.

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Field Marshal:

@Idahomulato,

When has Rush, Glenn or Sean ever said anything racist? This is just more garbage by liberals who simply retort the same nonsense they hear from Olberdork or Matthews or Williams.

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ChicagoKid:

Trying to blame Limbaugh, Hannity, and Beck for racial problems is a narrow minded typical response to prejudice and racism. Looking at parents, the media, and the way our government has set up education, welfare, housing and other programs is how you get the bottom of the issue. Its not a conservative/liberal issue its much more than that. Limbaugh and friends make mistakes and errors on TV/radio, just like Maddow and Olberman. It is going to happen, many times it is just lack of contact with others that are different which bars people from knowing what is acceptable to say and not to say, not prejudice/racism.

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LordMike:

"When has Rush, Glenn or Sean ever said anything racist?"

Maybe you haven't heard Rush's favorite song, "Barack the Magic Negro"... one example of many

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saywhat90:

There is a big difference between a mistake and calling someoene a halfrican american like rush did over and over during one of his radio in 2008. It was an intentional slur and was not warranted.I cannot speak for hannity, but rush has said many things that are considered to be insulting by blacks. I don't think Hannity is rascist he just genuinally hates Pres Obama. I'm not sure about Beck, his sanity still remains unstable. But there is no left wing conspiracy concerning rush. He has said some pretty rascist things.

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Aaron_in_TX:

I listen to Rush Limbaugh periodically. Usually if I'm on the road during his show hours.

If you ask me, Rush is more of a general bigot than a racist. He says racially insensitive things, but I don't think that is due to any sense of racial superiority, it's just him being a jerk.

I have heard him make very prejudiced statement about women, however. He tries to cover it up by praising Sarah Palin, but it's clear he has an bigoted sense of gender roles. On that he is indefensible.

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IdahoMulato:

If you think Rush is not a bigot then you're living in a different planet.

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