Pew Research CenterJune 4, 2012

Section 8: Values About Immigration and Race

Amid slowing immigration to the United States, there has been a modest shift in views of immigrants. While most Americans still back tighter restrictions on people entering this country, the percentage expressing this view is declining. At the same time, the public is divided over whether the growing number of newcomers from other countries threaten […]

Pew Research CenterJune 2, 2009

Public Backs Affirmative Action, But Not Minority Preferences

Pew Research CenterMay 21, 2009

Section 5: Social and Political Attitudes About Race

Just months after the nation’s first African American president took the oath of office, many Americans see a society making progress in its dealings with race. Still, deep racial and political divisions remain in assessments of the gravity of the problems and how best to address them. And in most cases, attitudes have not changed […]

Pew Research CenterNovember 5, 2003

Part 5: Social and Political Attitudes about Race

The issue of race continues to divide Americans and play an important role in politics, as it has since the nation’s founding. Since 1987, Americans, ­both black and white, ­ have become much more personally tolerant. The idea of blacks and whites dating, once highly divisive, is now broadly accepted. There also has been a […]

Pew Research CenterMay 14, 2003

Conflicted Views of Affirmative Action

Summary of Findings As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares for what could be a landmark ruling on the issue of racial preferences in college admissions, a new Pew Research Center nationwide survey finds a growing majority of the public supporting the general idea of affirmative action. But the poll results also reflect the public’s complicated […]

Pew Research CenterAugust 24, 1995

Other Important Findings and Analyses

A New Third Force – Left of Center Likely supporters of an independent candidate in ’96 are drawn from different quarters than were Perot voters in 1992 ( Only 40% of former Perot voters say they would be inclined to vote for an independent candidate for president next year. As many as 39% say they […]