Whites tend to 'overreport' the idea that they are now a minority, says Dem pollster

Democratic pollster Nancy Zdunkewicz on Monday said on "What America's Thinking" that white people tend to "overreport" the idea that they now fit into the minority category. 

"There's definitely an increase in white and Republican voters saying that they feel like they are now a minority, and a minority that is, in fact, discriminated against," Zdunkewicz, managing director at Democracy Corps, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons. 

"You can actually see in some parts of the country, you will ask people if whites are already a minority as we become increasingly diverse as a country, and white people tend to overreport the idea that they are already a minority," she continued. 

Data also shows that the white population is projected to shrink in the coming years. 

The 2018 Census reported that the non-Hispanic white population is shrinking and that by 2020 less than half of the children in the U.S. will be non-Hispanic whites. 

"We've seen that many of the questions that you can ask around these sort of issues of 'are you already a minority?' and 'are whites discriminated against?' are highly correlated with racist attitudes, and not shockingly perhaps, voting for Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE," she said.

A study published last year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that white, Christian, male voters turned to vote for Trump in 2016 because they felt their status in society was at risk.  

— Julia Manchester