Attitudes toward African-Americans have worsened since 2008, research finds

November 2nd, 2012 in Other Sciences / Social Sciences
Attitudes toward African-Americans have worsened since 2008, study finds

(Phys.org)—This might not be a "post-racial" era after all.

New research indicates that toward African-Americans have worsened since the election of President .

Many people described America as accepting of all races after Obama was voted as the country's first black president in 2008. However, a new poll shows that anti-black sentiments became more common in the last four years.

Since 2008, explicit racism was more common among Republicans than Democrats. In 2012, the proportion of people expressing anti-black attitudes was 79 percent among Republicans, 48 percent among independents and 32 percent among Democrats.
If the findings hold during next week's , Obama's race may play a factor in voters' choices.

The study's authors include Josh Pasek, assistant professor of at the University of Michigan; Jon Krosnick, professor of communication and at Stanford University; and Trevor Tompson, director of the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research at the University of Chicago.

"It appears that the Obama administration has not been a time of decline in anti-black attitudes in America," the researchers wrote. "Indeed, these data suggest that anti-black attitudes have become slightly more prevalent over those years, especially during the last two years."

Using data from surveys done in 2008, 2010 and 2012, the researchers found that:

Overall, the expected influence of anti-black on the election mirrored what we found in a similar examination in 2008, Pasek said.

"In an election projected to be this close, the two-point margin we attribute to prejudice may play a critical role in determining our next president," he said.

More information: joshpasek.com/news/racism-in-the-2012-elections

Provided by University of Michigan

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