Key findings on how police view their jobs amid protests and calls for reform
A new Pew Research Center nationwide survey of 7,917 police officers focuses on a wide range of topics about policing, including how police view their jobs, officers’ experiences in the field and how these fatal encounters have impacted the way they do their jobs.
Many voters, especially blacks, expect race relations to worsen following Trump’s election
Voters are far more pessimistic about progress in race relations under Donald Trump than they were after Barack Obama’s election eight years ago, and the shift has been particularly striking among blacks.
The Racial Confidence Gap in Police Performance
Blacks and whites in the U.S. disagree over police performance and differ on the causes of fatal encounters between blacks and police.
Sharp differences over who is hurt, helped by their race
Blacks and whites differ on the extent to which a person’s race can be a burden or a benefit. For blacks, the answer is clear: 65% say “it is a lot more difficult to be black in this country than it is to be white.” Fewer than half as many whites (27%) agree.
Is treatment of minorities a key election issue? Views differ by race, party
Clinton backers are nearly twice as likely as those who support Donald Trump to say the treatment of minorities is very important to their 2016 decision (79% vs. 42%).
How Americans view the Black Lives Matter movement
General awareness of Black Lives Matter is widespread among black and white U.S. adults, but attitudes about the movement vary considerably between groups.
Biggest share of whites in U.S. are Boomers, but for minority groups it’s Millennials or younger
There were more 24-year-olds in the U.S. than people of any other age in 2015. But for white Americans, 55 was the most common age.
Blacks have made gains in U.S. political leadership, but gaps remain
In 1965, there were no black senators or governors, and just six House members were black. By 2015, there was more representation in some areas but little change in others.
On Views of Race and Inequality, Blacks and Whites Are Worlds Apart
There are deep divisions between blacks and whites in how they see racial discrimination, barriers to black progress and prospects for change.
5 key takeaways about views of race and inequality in America
There are profound differences between black and white Americans in how they view the current state of race relations and racial equality and in the ways they experience day-to-day life.