Pew Research CenterJune 27, 2016

1. Demographic trends and economic well-being

In many ways, America remains two societies – one black and one white – as measured by key demographic indicators of social and economic well-being. 5 At the same time, it’s important to note that on some measures, gaps across racial and ethnic groups have diminished. Analyses of federal government data by the Pew Research […]

Pew Research CenterJune 27, 2016

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.

Pew Research CenterJune 27, 2016

5. Personal experiences with discrimination

Roughly seven-in-ten black Americans (71%) say they have personally experienced discrimination or been treated unfairly because of their race or ethnicity, including 11% who say this is something they experience regularly. Far lower shares of whites (30%) and Hispanics (52%) report experiencing discrimination because of their race or ethnicity. Overall, four-in-ten black Americans say their […]

Pew Research CenterJune 27, 2016


This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the individuals listed below. In addition, Pew Research Center received invaluable advice on the development of the questionnaire from Jennifer Richeson, professor of psychology at Yale University, and Christopher Whitt, associate professor of political science and Africana studies at Augustana College. We […]

Pew Research CenterJune 27, 2016


Survey methodology Most of the analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted Feb. 29 to May 8, 2016, among a national sample of 3,769 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia (977 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 2,792 […]

Pew Research CenterJune 27, 2016

6. Views of community, family life and personal finances

The outlook and experiences of black and white adults, particular as they relate to personal finances, differ widely. Blacks are more likely than whites to express dissatisfaction with their financial situation, and to say they have struggled to pay the bills and borrowed money from – or loaned it to – friends and family in […]

Pew Research CenterJune 27, 2016

4. Achieving racial equality

While most Americans agree that the country needs to do more to achieve racial equality, some tactics for achieving this goal are seen as more effective than others. For example, about half of Americans say it would be very effective for groups working to help blacks achieve equality to work directly with community members to […]

Pew Research CenterJune 27, 2016

3. Discrimination and racial inequality

Most Americans say, as a country, we have yet to achieve racial equality. Roughly six-in-ten (61%) say that our country needs to continue making changes for blacks to have equal rights with whites, while 30% say we have made the changes needed to bring about equality. Blacks and Hispanics are particularly likely to say more […]

Pew Research CenterJune 27, 2016

2. Views of race relations

There’s no consensus among American adults about the state of race relations in the U.S.: 48% say race relations are generally bad, and 44% say they are generally good. Similarly, when asked about the amount of attention paid to race and racial issues in the country these days, about as many say there is too […]

Pew Research CenterDecember 17, 2015

Parenting in America

There are deep divisions among U.S. parents today rooted in economic well-being. Parents’ outlooks, worries and aspirations for their children are strongly linked to financial circumstances.