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Pew Study: Americans value diversity, are also bothered by it

A fascinating — and in places troubling — new study was released today by the Pew Research Center.

The poll, which looked at Americans’ views on ethnic and racial diversity, found some interesting contradictions and divisions on the issue.

While majorities of white, black and Hispanic respondents  said they believe racial and ethnic diversity is very good for the country, the breakdown on how good is starkest when broken down by partisan affiliation and education level.

While 39 percent of those identifying as Republican or saying they lean that way think diversity is “very good” for the country, that number is 71 percent among self-identified Democrats or those who lean that way.

More striking, 41 percent of white respondents with a high school education or less said diversity is very good for the country while 69 percent of white respondents with a bachelor’s degree or higher said was.

While the study showed strong support for workplace diversity, 74 percent of respondents said employers shouldn’t take race or ethnicity into account in the application process in order to promote diversity.

The question that is likely to be talked about most: whether it would bother respondents to hear a language other than English in a public place.

While 34 percent of white respondents and 25 percent of black respondents said it would bother them “some” or “a lot,” among white Republicans it was 47 percent. For white Democrats, that number was 18 percent.

 

Read the full study with information about methodology here.

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