Nearly Half Of US Blacks Say Were Mistreated Recently: Gallup

Posted: Aug 23 2016, 12:32am CDT | by , in Latest Political News


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Nearly Half of US Blacks Say Were Mistreated Recently: Gallup
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  • Percentage treated unfairly similar to 2015, down from 2004
  • Whites now more likely to think their community discriminates
  • Blacks' views of discrimination in community mostly unchanged

Nearly half or 46 percent of blacks in the US reported being treated unfairly in the past 30 days before the period of June 7-July 1, found a Gallup poll.

Gallup on Monday said it asked about unfairness against blacks in five situations in the past decade, including discrimination while at work, while shopping, while in dealing with police, while at a bar or a restaurant, and while getting healthcare.

Among the blacks who reported receiving unfair treatment, slightly less than half, or 45 per cent, listed only one of the situations.

As many as 25 percent listed two, 20 percent listed three, seven per cent mentioned four, and three per cent named all five, according to the poll.

In addition to asking US blacks to report on their own treatment, Gallup has often asked Americans more broadly how they perceive blacks being treated in their community and in specific situations such as shopping and while at work.

The assessment by blacks of how they were treated in their community showed little change, the poll discovered.

Meanwhile, whites have become more likely in the past two years than previously to perceive that blacks are being treated less fairly than whites in their community.

In the poll, both blacks at 67 percent, and whites at 40 percent, are more likely to perceive that blacks are treated unfairly in dealings with the police than in any of the other four situations.

In every situation, blacks are significantly more likely than whites to say that discrimination against blacks exists in their community, Gallup found.

At least 52 percent of blacks and 17 percent whites said blacks were treated less fairly on the job or at work, as well as in stores downtown or in the shopping mall, Gallup found.

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