Poll: Republicans more likely to see ‘a lot’ of discrimination against conservatives than Democrats see against liberals

A new poll released Friday found that Republicans voters overwhelmingly believe that ideological conservatives face large-scale discrimination from society.

In a Hill-HarrisX survey, 78 percent of GOP respondents said that they believe that conservatives have to deal with discriminatory behavior from other Americans.

The plurality of Republicans, 31 percent, said that conservatives face “a lot” of discrimination.

By contrast, just 16 percent of Democrats said that liberals face a lot of discrimination from society.

Ideological discrimination has become an increasing topic in partisan media, especially on college campuses. During the recent Conservative Political Action Conference, President Trump announced plans for an executive order that would force colleges to guarantee free speech or to lose their federal funding.

“If anything, partisanship seemingly has ramped up. We feel pretty open discussing disgusted people across the aisle, and discriminating against them in pretty open ways,” Robert Griffin, research director for the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group, said Friday on Hill.TV’s “What America’s Thinking.”

Research from PRRI showed that more than half of Republicans saw the Democrats’ policies as posing a threat to the country, while more than 75 percent of Democrats said the same thing about Republican policies.

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted online within the United States from March 1-2, 2019 among 1,003 registered voters by HarrisX.  The sampling margin of error of this poll is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
—Philip Wang