Discrimination Against Whites Needs More Attention, Say About Half of White Republicans in 3 Southern States

Discrimination Against Whites Needs More Attention, Say About Half of White Republicans in 3 Southern States
In Georgia, white likely voters are divided along party lines on their views of the attention given to discrimination against Black people. Some 77 percent of white Republicans say “too much attention” is being paid to it, versus 14 percent of white Democrats, according to a CBS News/YouGov poll of about 3,500 voters in the Southern states of of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

About half of white registered Republican voters in those states say more attention needs to given to discrimination against white people in their communities. Black voters polled in the states overwhelmingly say President Donald Trump is paying “too little attention” to the “needs and problems” of Black people.

Among white likely voters in Georgia, Democrats largely agree with Black voters’ views on racial discrimination against Black people, with 58 percent say “not enough” attention is focused on it, versus only six percent of white Republicans.

Black likely voters in Georgia are predominately in agreement, at 74 percent, that “not enough” attention is given to discrimination against Black people. Only 11 percent said “too much” attention is being given to it.

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About two-thirds of Georgia voters said the recent racial-justice protests are a “major factor” in their upcoming election vote, although that percentage made no distinction on whether they were in favor of Biden or Trump. But 83 percent of likely Black voters in Georgia who say protests are a major factor plan to vote for Biden, versus only 8 percent who back Trump. Among white Republican voters, 76 percent who view the racial unrest as a major factor in their upcoming vote said they plan to re-elect the president.

Eighty-three percent of Black registered voters in Georgia say they plan to vote for Biden, compared to just 28 percent of white people who say the same, and 8 percent will vote third-party or are still unsure. Georgia is overwhelmingly dominated by pure partisanship, with 96 percent of Democrats set to vote for Biden on Election Day and 93 percent of Republicans set to vote for Trump.

Although white people in Georgia are widely divided along party lines in terms of their racial discrimination views, gender distinctions reveal men are more likely to approve of Trump’s views on discrimination than women.

Meanwhile about two-thirds of suburban Georgia voters overall said they believe it’s “not very or not at all likely” that violent protests will come to their town in the coming months.

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Newsweek reached out to both presidential campaigns for additional remarks Sunday afternoon.

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A protester holds a homemade sign that says, “I Stand With You #BlackLivesMatter” with a black power fist while another protester holds a sign that says, “Supporting Trump Makes You Racist” in the middle of the crowd that gathered at Columbus Circle. This was part of the Warriors of the Garden Peaceful Protest Against President Donald Trump’s 74th Birthday that started at Trump International Tower and drew large crowds.
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