Quantcast
Connect with us

New study finds white Americans are actually less racist since Trump’s election

Published

on

Is President Donald Trump actually making Americans less racist? According to one surprised researcher, racial prejudice has decreased since the 2016 election.

Multiple studies have shown hate crimes and bullying have increased since Trump announced his presidential campaign nearly four years ago, especially in counties that hosted his campaign rallies or backed him in the election, but a new study turned up surprising results, reported the Washington Post.

ADVERTISEMENT

Political scientist Daniel Hopkins, of the University of Pennsylvania, believes his team’s findings shows Trump had emboldened a small number of racists while pushing more whites to reject prejudice.

“It’s quite conceivable that Trump has simultaneously galvanized a small number of highly prejudiced white Americans while also pushing millions more to affirm that they are not as prejudiced,” Hopkins said.

Hopkins, a specialist in race and political behavior, concedes his study accounts only for professed bias and not concrete actions.

Hopkins and an undergraduate student, Samantha Washington, surveyed a group of white Americans, 57 percent of whom voted for Trump. That figure was 62 percent among white men.

ADVERTISEMENT

They conducted interviews of 20,000 people five times between 2007 and 2008, and some of those participants were interviewed eight more times, most recently in November 2018.

They expected participants might feel more comfortable expressing racist beliefs after Trump’s election, but instead found they had actually moved away from bigoted views expressed by the president and his supporters.

“We primarily find declining prejudice and racial resentment, and certainly no increases,” their report states.

ADVERTISEMENT

Anti-black prejudice declined over the 12-year period of the study, and a particularly noticeable drop between November 2016 and November 2018.

The effect was only slightly more pronounced among Democrats, compared to Republicans, and education was not a notable factor.

Anti-Hispanic prejudice also declined between Trump’s election and the fall of 2018, but there was a small increase in professed bigotry among Republicans between 2012 and 2018.

ADVERTISEMENT

“The decline was apparently not driven by Trump’s candidacy — or by white Americans’ reactions to his campaign rhetoric in 2015 and 2016 — but instead by their reactions to his presidency itself,” the paper argues.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Here’s how the law governing whistleblowers applies to the Trump Ukraine complaint

Published

on

This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump did something so concerning that an intelligence staffer felt the need to report the incident and file for whistleblower protections.

Trump asked Ukraine to look into scandals about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter. For nearly a year, Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani was admittedly working to persuade officials in Ukraine to find "dirt" on the Bidens that they could use in the election. While the accusations against the younger Biden have been disproven, it's suspected, but not confirmed, that this was the incident detailed in the complaint.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Retiring Republican lawmaker blames Trump’s ‘petty, childish bullsh*t’ for massive GOP exodus

Published

on

In an examination of the record-breaking number of Republican lawmakers who have decided to quit or retire despite holding a seat in solidly conservative congressional districts, one lawmaker admitted that he grew weary of having to deal with Donald Trump's daily Twitter habit and other shenanigans -- so he is calling it quits.

As the Washington Post reports, "Since Trump’s inauguration, a Washington Post analysis shows that nearly 40 percent of the 241 Republicans who were in office in January 2017 are gone or leaving because of election losses, retirements including former House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis)."

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Internet rains hell on ‘fake Christian’ Karen Pence’s new Twitter account: ‘I can’t wait for the rapture’

Published

on

The Internet reacted with scorn over the weekend after Second Lady Karen Pence announced a new Twitter account aimed at reelecting President Donald Trump.

In her first tweet, Pence posted a video lavishing praise on the president.

"There are probably a lot of things you don't know about me," Pence says in the video. "For example, I enjoy painting, I love to ride my bike and I like nothing better than reading a good book. On my new Twitter account, I will share what I'm up to when I'm not in the office at the White House."

Excited to start a new #Twitter account to help tell the story of all the accomplishments under the leadership of @realDonaldTrump and @mike_pence! Follow along to KEEP AMERICA GREAT! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/RaPwC5ThyR

Continue Reading
 
 
Help Raw Story Investigate and Uncover Injustice. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1 and go ad-free.
close-image