Reuters/Ipsos Data: Perceptions on Race in America

A new Reuters/Ipsos Poll shows Democrats’ attitudes towards race are changing.

The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Senior Account Manager, US, Public Affairs
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Washington, D.C., August 19, 2019 - A new Reuters/Ipsos public opinion survey of 4,436 Americans finds that Democrats are more likely to believe black Americans are treated less fairly than white Americans–39 percent said black people are treated less fairly than white people at their places of employment, an 8-point increase from 2016 (31%). Similarly, 68 percent of Democrats report they believe black people are treated less fairly by police, a 14-point increase since 2016 (54%).

The same poll finds that Republicans' perceptions of black people has remained relatively unchanged since 2016. Just 7 percent of Republicans report that black people are treated less fairly than whites at work, and 26 percent report they are treated unfairly by police. In 2016, 8 percent of Republicans reported that black people were treated less fairly than white people at work, and 24 percent were treated unfairly by police.

The poll also finds that 61 percent of Americans are supportive of finding a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, 44 percent are supportive of building additional fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, and 76 percent are supportive of making it easier for highly skilled workers to work in the U.S.

Read the full Reuters story here.

About this Study

These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted for Thomson Reuters between July 16-22, 2019. For the survey, a sample of 4,436 Americans, including 3,879 registered voters, 1,821 Democratic registered voters, 1,551 Republican registered voters, and 378 Independent registered voters ages 18+ were interviewed online. The precision of the Reuters/Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll has a credibility interval of plus or minus 1.7 percentage points for all adults, 1.8 percentage points for registered voters, 2.6 percentage points for Democratic registered voters, 2.8 percentage points for Republican registered voters, and 5.7 percentage points for Independent registered voters. For more information about credibility intervals, please see the appendix.

The data were weighted to the U.S. current population data by gender, age, education, and ethnicity. Statistical margins of error are not applicable to online polls. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error and measurement error. Figures marked by an asterisk (*) indicate a percentage value of greater than zero but less than one half of one per cent. Where figures do not sum to 100, this is due to the effects of rounding. To see more information on this and other Reuters/Ipsos polls, please visit

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Clifford Young
President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs

Chris Jackson
Vice President, U.S.
Ipsos Public Affairs

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The author(s)

  • Chris Jackson Vice President, US, Public Affairs
  • Annaleise Azevedo Lohr Senior Account Manager, US, Public Affairs