SEEKING SOLUTIONS FOR RACIAL INEQUITIES. We have an ever-growing database of research documenting the inequities between White and Black Americans on a wide variety of outcomes, including the extensive analyses of survey data available on Gallup’s Center on Black Voices. This documentation raises a key question: What do public opinion data show about strategies for changing the situation?
A majority of Americans agree with the underlying conclusion that racial inequities in U.S. society need to be addressed. Gallup has just reported that for the first time in over a quarter century of asking the question, a majority of Americans say that new civil rights laws are needed to reduce discrimination against Black Americans. A new low of 35% of Americans say they are satisfied with the way Black people are treated in the U.S. A CNN poll shows that 84% say racism is a problem in our society.