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  • Some 74 percent of former Vice President Biden supporters and 44 percent of all voters said it is a lot more difficult to be a Black person in America than it is to be a white person.
  • Just 9 percent of Trump supporters agreed.
  • In 2016, 57 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters held the view that it is more difficult to be Black in the U.S. than white, compared to just 11 percent of Trump voters.

A new poll shows Trump and Biden supporters are even more divided on race and gender issues than voters during the 2016 presidential election. 

New data from the Pew Research Center found that 74 percent of former Vice President Biden supporters and 44 percent of all voters said it is a lot more difficult to be a Black person in America than it is to be a white person. 


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Those figures stand in stark contrast to the scant 9 percent of Trump supporters who agreed with that statement. 

The poll demonstrates how Democrats have significantly shifted their perceptions on racism in the U.S. since the 2016 presidential election while the view of Trump supporters remains relatively the same. 

In 2016, 57 percent of Hillary Clinton supporters held the view that it is more difficult to be Black in the U.S. than white compared to just 11 percent of Trump voters. 

The findings come as the U.S. is in the midst of a racial reckoning following the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by a now-former Minneapolis police officer who was caught on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The incident sparked protests against racial inequality and police brutality across the nation. 


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As Election Day nears, Trump and Biden hold vastly different views on how to deal with racial inequality in the U.S. While Biden has said rooting out systemic racism in the U.S. is “the moral obligation of our time,” Trump has mostly dismissed the idea of systemic racism altogether, particularly when it comes to law enforcement. 

The survey also found that among Biden supporters, 59 percent said white people benefit a great deal from advantages in society that Black people do not have. Just 5 percent of Trump supporters agreed. Forty percent of Clinton supporters said the same in 2016 along with 4 percent of Trump voters. 

In terms of gender, 79 percent of Biden voters said there are still significant obstacles that make it harder for women to get ahead than men while 26 percent of Trump voters agreed. In 2016, 72 percent of Clinton supporters agreed compared to 31 percent of Trump voters. 

The poll of 11,001 respondents was conducted between July 27 and Aug. 2. The margin of error is plus or minus 1.5 percent. 


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Published on Sep 11, 2020