POLL: Most black Southern residents fear where country is going

DCNFAmber Randall, DCNF

Black Americans are fearful of the direction the country is going, a Wednesday poll on Southern residents revealed.

Winthrop University surveyed 830 black and white residents in Southern states including Alabama, Georgia, Texas and Louisiana to find out more about their views on religion, race, Confederate monuments and biggest fears for the country.

When asked whether they felt the country was headed in the wrong or right direction, 88 percent of black residents said they felt the country was headed down the wrong path. Fifty-five percent of white residents also thought the direction America has been taking is not good.

“More than 60% of Winthrop Poll respondents in the South said our country is headed in the wrong direction. Yet more than two-thirds of Southern residents said our country’s economy is very good or fairly good,” the poll noted.

Respondents were also asked about the issues that concerned them most in the country. For black residents, racism and President Donald Trump were their two biggest fears.

“Southerners said the most important problem facing our country is racism, followed by politicians/government, President Donald Trump, and the economy,” according to the poll results. “Black residents were more than twice as likely to list racism as the most important problem, followed closely by Trump.”

The poll has a +/- margin of error of 3.4 percent and has a 95% confidence level.

This poll also discussed whether white Americans believed they were facing attacks these days. Another poll that came out a few weeks ago noted that 55 percent of white Americans believed there is discrimination against white people in this country.

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