New Poll: Race Relations Remain a Hot-Button Issue in America

Aug 9, 2018

In this Sept. 16, 2017, file photo, State Police keep a handful of Confederate protesters separated from counter demonstrators in front of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond.
Credit AP Photo / Steve Helber, File

Views about race relations remain incredibly complicated in America, even a year after the riot in Charlottesville.

A majority of Americans believe race relations in America have gotten worse since Donald Trump was elected in 2016. The poll, which was conducted by the University of Virginia and Ipsos, found that 57 percent of people believe race relations are worse now. Only 15 percent believed they’re better.

Geoff Skelley at the UVA Center for Politics says it’s notable that people still have the same views on Confederate monuments that they did a year ago.

“That’s, I think, notable when you are thinking about Virginia and obviously how much that issue caught fire last year and how much it continues to be a topic of discussion”

On issue after issue, people who responded to the poll generally have the same opinion now that they did after the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville.

"People still don’t like political correctness, and agree that it’s a problem. They view it as a threat to liberty. But then conversely they pretty overwhelmingly agree that America needs to protect and preserve its multicultural heritage.”

43% of Americans surveyed believe that white people are currently under attack in this country. 37% disagreed with that sentiment.

Click here to view the complete 2018 poll results

This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.