As President Donald Trump continues to take heat for his comments about Black people in bathrooms, a new study finds that white people are less likely to have a negative opinion of African Americans than they are of anyone else.
The findings come as the administration faces an intensifying backlash over the racially charged comments and the release of a video in which Trump can be heard discussing his past statements on the issue.
A Pew Research Center survey published Monday found that whites were less likely than people of color to view black people negatively.
The poll also found that black people were more likely to say they felt unsafe or uncomfortable at a public restroom.
The survey found that while whites were more than twice as likely as blacks to say that bathrooms should be “safe” or “segregated,” white people were about two-and-a-half times more likely than black people to say bathrooms should “be accessible” to everyone, regardless of race.
The survey also found: White people were far more likely in the survey to say restrooms should be separated from homes, while black people tended to see restrooms as a safe space.
When it comes to how white people perceive discrimination in the workplace, whites were about a quarter more likely overall than blacks to think the workplace has “a hostile working environment,” while blacks were more apt to see discrimination as a “good thing” in the economy.
And while whites tend to see their job as less stressful than blacks, blacks are more likely today than at any point in the last 30 years to see it as “a life-or-death issue.”
The survey found: Black people are twice as apt to say their jobs are stressful as white people, while whites are about four times more apt.
The most recent survey, conducted in October, found that more than a quarter of black respondents said they had been fired for the same reason as white workers.
While the survey found racial disparities in how people think about discrimination, it also found a broad swath of Americans who believe discrimination exists in the United States.
The Pew study, which included responses from more than 1,300 adults, found whites were far less likely overall to see racism as a major problem, while blacks and Hispanics were more inclined to say the problem exists.
Among those who said racism exists, whites also were much less likely, with a total of 41 percent saying racism is a major issue.
Whites are about half as likely to believe racism exists in their own communities as blacks, and Hispanics are about one-third as likely.
For those who say they are a victim of racism, about half said they were either unaware or didn’t know about the problem.
Those who experienced discrimination themselves said the most common reason they did not know about it was because they did it unconsciously or because they didn’t think about it.
Despite these challenges, the survey also suggests that white Americans have made some progress in addressing racial disparities.
Whites, who are the largest racial group in the U.S., are far more supportive of addressing racial inequities.
And the survey showed that while white people still tend to think of racism as an issue that only affects them, they have begun to embrace more positive ways of thinking about the issue, such as “acceptance” of black people and other minority groups.
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