January 10, 2017

Public opinion on race relations, 1990-2016


Percentage point difference between all adults saying race relations are “generally good” and those saying “generally bad”

Generally good

Death of

Michael

Brown

Apr. 2009

+44

June 2000

+27

Aug.

2014

May

1990

+3

0

-9%

-4

Generally bad

May

2016

Death of

Freddie Gray

-27

May 1992

May

2015

-43

Los Angeles riots

Obama

presidency

Source: Survey of U.S. adults conducted Feb. 29-May 8, 2016. Trend data from CBS News and New York Times surveys.

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

Percentage point difference between all adults saying race relations are “generally good” and those saying “generally bad”

Apr. 2009

Death of

Michael Brown

+44

June 2000

Generally good

+27

Aug.

2014

+16

+3

July 2008

0

-4

Los Angeles riots

May

2016

-9%

-14

Death of

Freddie Gray

May

1990

June 1997

Generally bad

-27

May

2015

-43

May 1992

Obama presidency

Source: Survey of U.S. adults conducted Feb. 29-May 8, 2016. Trend data from CBS News
and New York Times surveys.

PEW RESEARCH CENTER

Percentage point difference between all adults saying race relations are “generally good” and those saying “generally bad”

Apr. 2009

+44

Death of

Michael Brown

June 2000

+27

Generally good

Aug. 2014

16

+3

July 2008

0

-4

Los Angeles riots

May 2016

-9%

-14

Death of

Freddie Gray

May 1990

June 1997

-27

May 2015

Generally bad

-43

May 1992

Obama presidency

 

Source: Survey of U.S. adults conducted Feb. 29-May 8, 2016. Trend data from CBS News and New York Times surveys.

PEW RESEARCH CENTER