Nearly 6 in 10 Americans say that racism is a serious problem in the United States, according to a poll from The Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs released Friday.
Fifty-nine percent of respondents said that racism is either an “extremely” or “very serious” problem in the U.S. Of this, 30 percent said racism was an “extremely serious” problem while 29 percent said it was a “very serious problem.”
There were large gaps between how Black and white Americans perceived racism. For example, 60 percent of Black Americans surveyed said racism is an “extremely serious problem,” compared with 23 percent of white Americans.
The survey sought to examine attitudes on race nearly one year after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked demonstrations across the country and led to calls for police reform.