Rasmussen Polls Find Americans Think Whites Not Most Racist Group, 2020 Riots Should Be Investigated

“Great men cultivate love and only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.” —Booker T. Washington

According to new Rasmussen Reports polls a larger number of Americans believe that more blacks are racist than whites, but most also believe Americans in general (of any skin color) are not racist—and that the 2020 Antifa-BLM riots, more so than the January 6 protest, should be investigated.

“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 70% of American Adults think the term “racism” refers to any discrimination by people of one race against another. Just 16% say it refers only to discrimination by white people against minorities. Another 14% are not sure. . .Fourteen percent (14%) now believe most white Americans are racist, but 23% think most Black Americans are racist. Only 10% say most Asians and Hispanics are racist. . .

Democrats (22%) are at least twice as likely as either Republicans (8%) or those not affiliated with either major party (11%) to say most white Americans are racist. Meanwhile, more Republicans (33%) than Democrats (16%) or unaffiliateds (22%) think most Black Americans are racist.

More political unity is evident in a broad consensus that most Hispanics and Asians are not guilty of racism. . .Americans under 40 are much more likely than their elders to believe most whites are racist. Those who believe racism is widespread tends to apply this belief to all groups. . .A majority of Americans think race relations in the United States are bad and getting worse.”

Whites and blacks are both more likely to think the other is racist, but even so only 27 percent of blacks, following on a year of intense incitement to racial hatred, believe most whites are racist. It is encouraging that, despite insane rioting and political agitation and perpetual leftist accusations of “racism” most Americans still believe that their fellow Americans of varying skin colors are not actually generally racist against them.

I do agree that black Americans tend to be more racist (especially after this year) than other Americans, and also that race relations are worsening, but—thank God!—many US citizens are happy just to live their lives interacting with and being friends with people of different skin tones and ethnicities. I couldn’t care less what someone’s skin color is, and that is part of the American philosophy (even if we haven’t always lived up to that).

Another recent Rasmussen poll discovered that two-thirds (66 percent) of likely US voters “think Congress should investigate last year’s violent protests, in which more than 2,000 police officers suffered injuries in the line of duty.” Experts have blamed the recent rise in violent crime to the reactions of elected officials to the 2020 riots.

“The survey found strong voter support for law enforcement. . .According to a study of 68 cities by the Major Cities Chiefs Association, in the summer of 2020, there were at least 574 protests that involved acts of violence, including assaults on police officers, looting and arson. The number of voters who want Congress to investigate last year’s violent protests is higher than the 49% who say they support House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s select committee investigation of the January 6 Capitol riot. Forty-two percent (42%) say they don’t support the January 6 investigation. . .

Majorities of every racial group and political affiliation support a congressional investigation of last year’s violent protests. Sixty-seven percent (67%) of whites, 64% of black voters, 66% of Hispanics and 62% of other minorities think Congress should investigate the 2020 riots in U.S. cities. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans, 60% of Democrats and 63% of voters not affiliated with either major party say Congress should investigate last year’s violent protests. . .

Sixty-five percent (65%) believe President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris should meet with the family of St. Louis Police Capt. David Dorn, who was murdered in 2020 when he was protecting his friend’s business from looters, just as they did with the family of George Floyd.

-- Sixty-three percent (63%) of voters think participants in the nationwide 2020 rioting and looting should be criminally charged, as were those who took part in the January 6 Capitol riot.

-- Sixty-five percent (65%) disagree with Black Lives Matter activists who claim that the U.S. flag and the pro-police ‘Thin Blue Line’ flags are symbols of racism.

-- Fifty-three percent (53%) think Congress should award medals to the law enforcement agencies that defended their cities from violent looters and rioters in 2020 similar to the awards proposed by Nancy Pelosi for the Capitol Police.

-- Sixty-two percent (62%) of voters believe that elected officials who downplay the nationwide 2020 rioting and looting deserve to be criticized, a number higher than the 51% who believe politicians deserve criticism for downplaying the January 6 Capitol riot.”

And that’s not all from the full report.