WSJ Poll Shows Americans Deeply Split Over Discrimination  

A new poll that the Wall Street Journal published on Saturday shows a deep division between Americans along partisan lines over which population groups in the United States face discrimination.

The poll finds that voters are sharply divided by the political party over which groups of Americans face discrimination, with the majority of Democrats saying that Black, Latino, gay and Jewish people face prejudice while a majority of GOP voters say discrimination is more often aimed at white people and Christians.

While most Democrats believe US minorities face prejudice, Republicans mostly tend to believe that it is the issue white people have to cope with.

According to the WSJ survey, 88% of Democrats stated that Black people face biased attitudes compared with 49% of Republicans who believe whereas some 59% of GOP voters believe that white Americans face discrimination or prejudice, compared with only 21% of Democrats who agree with this.

While only 38% of Republicans are prone to thinking that discrimination against lesbian and gay Americans is a problem, more than twice more Democrats (85%) hold a similar opinion.

The same split is noticeable over Latinos and Jews.

While over 80% of Democrats designate the prejudice towards these groups as a problem, only 40% of Republicans believe discrimination towards Latinos to be an issue and 49% of Republicans say discrimination against Jews is an issue.

The WSJ survey- which also indicates that US voters are divided on the issue of religion rather by their political views than by race, or age – also found that only 25% of Democrats believe discrimination is a problem for Christians in America compared to 61% of GOP voters that are supporting this view.

To some extent, the WSJ survey data echo the results of several previous polls such as the LX New/YouGov October poll which showed that eight out of ten Americans still believe that they live in a divided country despite the slight uptick in US unity in the last two years.

The Economist magazine and YouGov poll conducted in late August, on the other hand, found that two in five Americans believe a civil war is at least somewhat likely in the next decade, with Democrats less prone to expressing this view than Republicans.

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