Who Sees Discrimination? New Survey Shows Republicans and Democrats Perceive Two Different Realities

A massive new survey released today reveals two distinct partisan visions about the nature of discrimination in America today. Republicans reject the idea that black people, immigrants, and gay and lesbian Americans face discrimination, while overwhelming majorities of Democrats say they do. White Americans—particularly white Christians—are also generally less likely to believe these groups face significant levels of discrimination, but there are important generational differences.

The landmark survey was conducted by the nonpartisan PRRI as part of its 2016 American Values Atlas (AVA). The survey, based on approximately 40,000 interviews spanning all 50 states, explores the public’s attitudes on perceptions of discrimination against four minority groups. The survey also measures attitudes on same-sex marriage, religiously based service refusals of gay and lesbian people, and immigration reform. CONT.