75% of Republicans Believe White Americans Face Discrimination, According to New Poll
It is not uncommon for white conservatives to feel that they are discriminated against. This feeling bares out in a new poll taken by Harris. According to the findings, 75% of Republicans feel that White Americans face discrimination.
This feeling normally manifests itself in arguments about the 2nd Amendment or “Religious freedom.” The ACLU says of religious freedom laws, “With increasing frequency, we are seeing individuals and institutions claiming a right to discriminate—by refusing to provide services to women and LGBT people—based on religious objections.” When these claims are deemed unconstitutional, Republicans will often claim their religious freedom is being infringed upon.
Conservatives also claim that any attempt at gun control is an infringement of their rights. Donald Trump seized on this idea, telling NRA members, “We will never give up our freedom. We will live free and we will die free.”
Democrats feel significantly different about discrimination against Whites. Only 38% of Democratic responders felt that Whites were discriminated against. Independents came in at 38%.
One thing that respondents of all parties could agree on: Black Americans face significant discrimination. When asked if Black Americans face discrimination, 78% of Republicans, 81% of Independents and 95% of Democrats agreed.