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Current Findings

 

ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA

This Winthrop Poll delves into how white and black South Carolina residents view various issues differently related to politics and quality of life.

Last summer, S.C. legislators voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds. The decision came after nine African American church members, including the pastor who was a S.C. state Senator, were gunned down in their Charleston church in what was viewed as a racially motivated killing.

A majority of S.C. residents continue to think it was the right decision to remove the Confederate battle flag. The latest Winthrop Poll showed that 57% of whites and 87% of blacks favored the decision.

S.C. African American residents surveyed in the latest Winthrop Poll believe that racism is the most important problem facing the country.

The issue of race was mentioned by African Americans in South Carolina more often than politicians/government, jobs/unemployment and education, in that order.

Speaking about this survey, Winthrop Poll Director, Dr. Scott Huffmon, said, “In the past year or so, we have had multiple events that raised conversations about race in South Carolina. The time seemed right to take an accurate measure of where race relations in South Carolina really stand.”

RACIAL ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS

When it comes to placing blame on the state of race relations in South Carolina, 60% of both blacks and whites said both groups are equally to blame. And 70% of all respondents – 69% whites and 73% blacks - said both groups will need to equally change.

The Winthrop Poll asked how African Americans who seek change in America might best achieve that goal. Half of S.C. African American residents said working within the system was a better option than challenging or protesting the system (38%).  However, black respondents were still notably more likely to advocate protest than whites, only 25% of whom said protest was a better option than working within the system.

African Americans residents surveyed said they feel comfortable talking with people of other races about some topics more than others. Three out of four blacks feel very comfortable discussing sports and entertainment, 47% talking about politics and 49% about racial issues.

MORE RACIAL ISSUES

The Winthrop Poll showed there were some stark differences between how blacks and whites view the Black Lives Matter movement. Known by its social media hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, the national movement has been making headlines as members protest what they see as racially motivated deaths at the hands of police. When asked on a scale from 0 (“cool”) to 100 (“warm”) how they felt about the Black Lives Matter Movement, the average score for African Americans was 75 while the average score for whites was 38.

Using the same scale, African Americans reported feeling 16 degrees “cooler” toward police than white respondents.

When asked to rate race relations in the United States, 41% of S.C. African Americans said it is poor. In comparison, 69% of whites rated race relations as either good or only fair. There was more hope about the Palmetto State where 32% of African American residents rated the state’s race relations as poor, while 76% of whites rated it as either good or only fair.

The Winthrop Poll asked how race relations compared in 2016 to 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago. Respondents reported improvement. Fifty-eight percent of black and white respondents both said relations were somewhat better or much better than 40 years ago. However, improvement in race relations may have slowed in the past decade as only 1 in 5 of blacks said relations are somewhat better or much better, while 1 in 4 whites said the same thing.

Fewer than half of African American residents (45%) said they were discriminated in the year because of their race or ethnicity, while only 19% of white residents felt the same way. Yet, two out of every three S.C. blacks feel like whites have a better chance of getting ahead in today’s society. Sixty-three percent of white respondents said they feel like whites and blacks have an equal chance.

By an overwhelming majority (83%), S.C. African Americans believe that public schools spend too little time on the history of African Americans. Among white respondents – 29% said too little, 40% said there was the right amount, and 14% said too much.

ECONOMY

African American residents in S.C. are more optimistic as a whole that the country is headed in the right direction. Nearly 3/4 of the general population said the country is headed in the wrong direction, while only 47% of African Americans had the same opinion.

When asked about their personal financial situation, 61% of all respondents said their finances were improving, while 69% of African American residents said their situation was better.

Sixty-two percent of S.C. residents think the Palmetto State’s economic conditions are getting better and a majority think the condition of the economy is fairly good.


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, GOVERNOR NIKKI HALEY, AND OTHERS

President Barack Obama’s approval rating in South Carolina has ticked up a little bit to 45%, but still lags behind national approval ratings of more than 50%. South Carolina African Americans stand behind the first African American president with 94% approving of his performance.

Meanwhile, Congress’ approval rating by Palmetto State residents remains low at 13%, though 1/4 of African American residents approve of that government body.

Governor Nikki Haley’s approval rating was strongly positive among South Carolinians at 59%.  While her support among mostly Democratic African Americans is somewhat lower, more than half (51%) approve of how she is doing her job as governor. 

 “Support among the mostly Democratic African American population for a Republican governor may seem surprising, but it is likely that esteem for her rose among black South Carolinians because of the strong stance she took to remove the Confederate battle flag from the S.C. Statehouse grounds last year,” said Huffmon.

The General Assembly received a stamp of approval from 45% of respondents, the same as in the fall of 2015. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, who ran for president on the GOP ticket, has a 41% approval rating.

The state’s junior senator, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, who is more highly rated among the Republican base, has a 51% approval rating, though African American residents rate the African American senator lower at 38%.

“Racial differences in the approval ratings for our two US senators appear to fall along more standard partisan lines,” Huffmon noted.

POLL DEPARTED FROM THE ‘NORM’ IN SEVERAL WAYS

Huffmon reported that the April 2016 Winthrop Poll was unusual in several aspects.  First, this poll was in the field for three weeks, instead of the standard one week. The reason, as Huffmon states on the Methodology page, “is twofold: First, since this poll focused on race relations, we felt the need to get an oversample of African American residents in S.C. The oversample contains more than twice the number of African American respondents as a typical Winthrop Poll. Second, this poll was much longer than a typical Winthrop Poll.  The mean completion time was 75% longer than normal. For these reasons, the poll needed to stay in the field longer than normal.  HOWEVER, this means no ’hot button‘ questions, such as the ‘bathroom bill,’ the gas tax, ethics reform, and the like. We limited ourselves to core, established topics about which opinion was unlikely to shift dramatically during the time this poll was in the field.”  The poll was in the field from April 3 – 24.

The survey of the general population poll contains the opinions of 814 S.C. residents. Results which use “All Respondents” have a margin of error of approximately +/- 3.4% at the 95% confidence level. Results for “Whites Only” come from the general population poll and have a margin of error of approximately +/- 4.1% at the 95% confidence level. Results for “Blacks Only” contain African American respondents from the general population poll, combined with those from African Americans targeted “oversample” poll. Results for “Blacks Only” have a margin of error of approximately +/- 4.9% at the 95% confidence level.

Poll phone calls were made during weekday evenings, all day Saturday, and Sunday afternoon and evening to those with landlines and mobile devices.

CLICK HERE FOR FULL METHODOLOGY STATEMENT.

POLL FUNDING AND CONTACT INFORMATION

The Winthrop Poll is paid for by Winthrop University with additional support from 
The West Forum on Politics and Policy at Winthrop University. For additional information, or to set up an interview with Poll Director Scott Huffmon, please contact Judy Longshaw at longshawj@winthrop.edu  or 803/323-2404 (office) or 803/984-0586 (cell).

 

T1  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President of the United States?                                                                                  

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Approve

45

28

94

Disapprove

52

68

4

Don’t Know

3

3

2

Refused

1

1

1

 

T2  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Approve

13

11

25

Disapprove

80

83

70

Don’t Know

6

5

4

Refused

1

1

1

 

T3  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Nikki Haley is handling her job as Governor of South Carolina?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Approve

59

63

51

Disapprove

32

29

40

Don’t Know

8

7

8

Refused

2

1

1

 

T4  Do you approve or disapprove of the way the South Carolina State Legislature is handling its job?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Approve

45

48

41

Disapprove

42

37

52

Don’t Know

12

14

6

Refused

2

2

1

 

T5  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Lindsey Graham is handling his job as a United States Senator for South Carolina?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Approve

41

44

38

Disapprove

48

46

54

Don’t Know

9

9

6

Refused

2

1

2

 

T6  Do you approve or disapprove of the way Tim Scott is handling his job as a United States Senator for South Carolina?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Approve

51

58

38

Disapprove

26

20

43

Don’t Know

20

20

17

Refused

4

3

2

 

T7  Thinking about the current path that our nation is taking, do you think our country is on the right track or headed in the wrong direction?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Right Track

22

15

46

Wrong Direction

72

81

47

Don’t Know/ Refused

6

4

8

 

T8  Thinking about the current path that the state of South Carolina is taking, do you think South Carolina is on the right track or headed in the wrong direction?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Right Track

54

55

53

Wrong Direction

38

36

41

Don’t Know/Refused

8

9

6

 

T9  What do you think is the most important problem facing theUnited States of America today?

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Economy
12%

Economy
15%

Racism
12%

[Note: this question was asked
BEFORE any of the race-related
questions came up]

Politicians/Government
10%

Politicians/Government
10%

Politicians/Government
10%

Terrorism
7%

Terrorism
7%

Jobs/Unemployment
8.3%

Jobs/Unemployment
6%

Moral Values
5%

(Jobs/Unemp 4.9%)

Education
7.5%

 

T10  What do you think is the most important problem facing the state of South Carolina today?

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Jobs/Unemployment
12.4%

Economy
12.2%

Jobs/Unemployment
19%

Education
12.1%

Education
11.8%

Education
14%

Economy
10%

Jobs/Unemployment
10%

Racism
7%

 

[Note: this question was asked
BEFORE any of the race-related
questions came up]

Politicians/Government
4%

Politicians/Government
4%

Economy
6%

 

T11  How would you rate the condition of the economy of the country as a whole these days? Is it very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very Good

3

2

5

Fairly Good

49

44

67

Fairly Bad

33

36

22

Very Bad

14

17

4

Not Sure

1

1

2

Refused

0

0

0


T12  Right now, do you think that economic conditions in the country as a whole are getting better or getting worse?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Getting Better

46

39

66

Getting Worse

49

56

29

Not Sure

5

5

4

Refused

1

1

1

 

T13  How would you rate the condition of the economy of South Carolina these days? Is it very good, fairly good, fairly bad, or very bad?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very Good

6

6

5

Fairly Good

62

63

58

Fairly Bad

24

24

29

Very Bad

6

4

7

Not Sure

2

2

2

Refused

0

1

-

 

T14  Right now, do you think that economic conditions in South Carolina are getting better or getting worse?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Getting Better

62

63

59

Getting Worse

28

25

36

Not Sure

8

10

4

Refused

2

2

1

 

T15  How would you rate your financial situation today? As excellent, good, only fair, or poor?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Excellent

8

9

7

Good

47

52

43

Only Fair

32

28

39

Poor

12

11

12

Refused

1

0

-


T16  Right now, do you think that your financial situation as a whole is getting better or getting worse?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Getting Better

61

60

69

Getting Worse

29

30

23

Not Sure

9

9

6

Refused

2

2

2

T17    I'd like to get your feelings toward some of our political leaders and other people or groups who are in the news these days. I'll read the name of a person or group and I'd like you to rate that person using something we call the feeling thermometer.

Ratings between 50 degrees and 100 degrees mean that you feel favorable and warm toward the person or group. Ratings between 0 degrees and 50 degrees mean that you don't feel favorable toward the person or group and that you don't care too much for them. You would rate the person or group at the 50 degree mark if you don't feel particularly warm or cold toward the person.

If we come to a person or group whose name you don't recognize, you don't need to rate them. Just tell me and we'll move on to the next one.

[NOTE: the following were three items from a randomized list of 10 items]

T18  How about the Confederate Flag?

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Mean: 41.0

Mean: 48.3

Mean: 20.1

 

T19  How about the Police?

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Mean: 73.4

Mean: 78.2

Mean: 62.5

T20  How about the Black Lives Matter movement?

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Mean: 47.3

Mean: 37.7

Mean: 75.1

 

T21  Now, we’re going to talk about matters of race and race relations for a bit.

How would you rate race relations in the UNITED STATES today? Excellent, Good, Only Fair, or Poor

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Excellent

2

1

2

Good

18

21

13

Only Fair

45

48

44

Poor

34

29

41

Don’t Know/Not Sure

1

1

1

Refused

0

0

0

 

T22  How would you rate race relations in SOUTH CAROLINA today? Excellent, Good, Only Fair, or Poor?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Excellent

4

4

2

Good

29

34

15

Only Fair

43

42

50

Poor

24

19

32

Don’t Know/Not Sure

1

1

0

Refused

0

0

-

 

T23  Would you say that race relations in 2016 are better, worse, or about the same as they were in 2006, ten years ago?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Much Better                                                                     

6

6

5

Somewhat Better                                                                     

18

19

15

About the Same                                                                     

31

27

39

Somewhat Worse                                                                     

23

25

24

Much Worse                                                                     

19

21

15

Not Sure/Don't Know

2

3

0

Refused

1

0

2

                                                                             

T24  Would you say that race relations in 2016 are better, worse, or about the same as they were in 1996, twenty years ago? 

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Much Better                                                                     

20

20

18

Somewhat Better                                                                     

25

23

27

About the Same                                                                     

18

17

27

Somewhat Worse                                                                     

15

18

12

Much Worse                                                                     

15

17

11

Not Sure/Don't Know

5

4

5

Refused

1

1

1

 

T25  Would you say that race relations in 2016 are better, worse, or about the same as they were in 1986, thirty years ago?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Much Better                                                                     

29

30

25

Somewhat Better                                                                     

21

20

25

About the Same                                                                     

14

13

22

Somewhat Worse                                                                     

10

13

10

Much Worse                                                                     

11

12

8

Not Sure/Don't Know

12

11

10

Refused

2

2

1

 

T26  Would you say that race relations in 2016 are better, worse, or about the same as they were in 1976, forty years ago?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Much Better                                                                     

39

41

35

Somewhat Better                                                                     

18

17

23

About the Same                                                                     

11

11

16

Somewhat Worse                                                                     

6

7

5

Much Worse                                                                     

6

6

8

Not Sure/Don't Know

16

16

12

Refused

3

3

2

 

T27  In the past year, do you feel that you have been discriminated against because of your race or ethnicity?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Yes

28

19

45

No

71

80

54

Not Sure

1

1

1

Refused

0

-

0

 

T28  How often would you say you have been discriminated against in the last year because of your race or ethnicity? Frequently, Occasionally, or Rarely?
[NOTE: Only asked of those who felt they had been discriminated against in the past year because of their race]

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Frequently                                                                    

16

12

14

Occasionally                                                                    

54

56

63

Rarely

29

32

23

Don't Know/ Refused                                                                  

0

-

0

 

T29  During the past month, how often have you felt unable to control the important things in your life? Was it often, somewhat often, not too often, or hardly ever?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Often                                                                             

15

14

16

Somewhat often                                                                             

17

17

18

Not too often                                                                             

28

27

33

Hardly ever                                                                             

38

41

32

Don't know                                                                             

1

1

1

Refused

1

0

0

                                                                                  

T30  During the past month, how often have you felt that things were going your way? Was it often, somewhat often, not too often, or hardly ever?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Often                                                                             

36

36

35

Somewhat often                                                                             

41

42

40

Not too often                                                                             

15

15

17

Hardly ever                                                                             

7

6

7

Don't know                                                                             

1

1

0

Refused

0

0

0

 

T31  During the past month, how often have you felt that you were losing hope? Was it often, somewhat often, not too often, or hardly ever?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Often                                                                             

6

6

5

Somewhat often                                                                             

13

12

13

Not too often                                                                             

21

21

25

Hardly ever                                                                             

59

61

57

Don't know                                                                             

0

0

0

Refused

1

-

-

 

T32  In general, who do you think has a better chance of getting ahead in today’s society

[First two answers rotated]]

White people,

Black people

OR

White people and black people have about an equal chance of getting ahead?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Whites                                                                                

39

28

67

Blacks                                                                                

5

6

1

Equal                                                                                

52

63

28

Not sure                                                                              

1

2

1

Refused

3

1

3

                                                                                       

T33  When Blacks in America want change, do you think they are more likely to achieve it by

[Answers rotated]

Challenging, or protesting, the system

OR

Working within the system

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Challenging/protesting system                                                         

28

25

38

Working within system                                                                      

59

63

51

Both (volunteered)                                                                      

7

6

8

Not sure                                                                    

4

3

2

Refused

3

3

2

                                                                     

T34  Do you feel comfortable or uncomfortable talking with people of other races about sports and entertainment?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very Comfortable           

80

83

74

Somewhat Comfortable                                                                    

14

11

20

Somewhat Uncomfortable                                                                    

3

2

4

Very Uncomfortable                                                                    

1

1

0

Not sure                                                                  

2

2

1

Refused

1

0

0

                                                                           

T35  Do you feel comfortable or uncomfortable talking with people of other races about politics?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very Comfortable           

55

59

47

Somewhat Comfortable                                                                    

21

20

26

Somewhat Uncomfortable                                                                    

12

13

14

Very Uncomfortable                                                                    

8

5

12

Not sure                                                                  

2

2

1

Refused

1

1

1

 

T36  Do you feel comfortable or uncomfortable talking with people of other races about racial issues?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very Comfortable           

47

46

49

Somewhat Comfortable                                                                    

27

29

25

Somewhat Uncomfortable                                                                    

15

16

15

Very Uncomfortable                                                                    

7

5

10

Not sure                                                                  

2

2

0

Refused

1

1

1

 

T37  When it comes to teaching about the history of African Americans, do you think public schools do too MUCH, too LITTLE, or about the RIGHT AMOUNT?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Too MUCH                                                                      

12

14

2

Too LITTLE                                                                      

43

29

83

RIGHT AMOUNT                                                                      

32

40

13

Don't Know

12

15

2

Refused

2

2

1

                                                                                 

T38  In 1962, the confederate battle flag was placed over the dome of the South Carolina Statehouse, where the legislature meets.  It was removed from the dome in 2000 and flew at a memorial on the statehouse grounds.  Last summer, it was removed completely from Statehouse grounds and sent to a museum.

Before last summer, did you approve or disapprove of the confederate battle flag flying on the SC Statehouse grounds?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Approve

40

51

8

Disapprove

44

33

82

Don’t Know/Not sure

14

15

8

Refused

2

1

2

 

T39  Last July, the South Carolina Legislature voted to completely remove the confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds.  Do you think this was the RIGHT decision or the WRONG decision?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Right Decision

63

57

87

Wrong Decision

28

35

5

Don’t Know/ Not sure

6

7

5

Refused

3

1

3

 

T40  If you had your personal choice, would the confederate battle flag CONTINUE to fly on South Carolina Statehouse grounds or NO LONGER fly on South Carolina Statehouse grounds

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Continue to fly

32

41

5

No longer fly

56

48

85

Doesn't matter to me/ Don't care [volunteered]

9

9

7

Don't know/ Not sure

2

2

2

Refused

1

1

2

 

T41  Some people say the confederate battle flag reminds them of white supremacy and racial conflict. Other people say the confederate battle flag is a symbol of southern heritage and pride.  Do you think the flag is more a symbol of racial conflict or of southern pride?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Racial conflict

38

26

73

Southern pride

46

57

13

Equally both [volunteered]

9

9

8

Don't know/ No sure

5

7

3

Refused

3

2

3

 

T42  Do you think marriages between same-sex couples SHOULD or should NOT be recognized by the law as valid, with the same rights as a marriage between a man and a woman? 

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Should be valid

48

49

48

Should not be valid

45

45

45

Not Sure

3

2

3

Refused

4

4

4

 

T43  Now that the United States Supreme Court has struck down laws banning same-sex marriage making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, do you believe county clerks, or probate judges in South Carolina, should be allowed to deny a marriage license to same-sex couples if they personally oppose same-sex marriage?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Yes

32

31

28

No

63

64

67

Not Sure/Don’t Know

2

2

3

Refused

4

3

2


T44  When it comes to problems with race relations in South Carolina, which group would you say should receive more of the blame?

[First two rotated]

Whites

Blacks

Both groups equally

OR

Neither group?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Whites                                                       

11

9

20

Blacks                                                       

7

8

2

Both Equally                                            

59

60

61

Neither                                                      

18

18

13

There are no race problems [volunteered]

0

0

-

Don't know                                                 

1

2

2

Refused

3

3

2

                                                                 

T45  When it comes to improving race relations in South Carolina, which group would you say needs to change more?

[First two rotated]

Whites

Blacks

Both groups equally

OR

Neither group?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Whites                                                       

11

9

19

Blacks                                                       

11

13

4

Both Equally                                            

70

69

73

Neither                                                      

5

5

3

There are no race problems [volunteered]

0

0

-

Don't know                                                 

1

1

1

Refused

2

2

1

 

 

I’m going to read you a list of things that some people worry about and others do not. I'd like you to tell me how worried you are about each of the following things.

[Questions for Tables T46 – T53 were asked in random order]

 

T46  Are you worried about not getting the healthcare you need or not?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very worried                                                                  

17

16

17

Somewhat worried                                                                  

20

19

20

Not too worried                                                                  

22

23

25

Not worried at all                                                                

41

43

38

Don't know/Refused

0

0

0

                                                                               

T46a  Are you worried about not getting the healthcare you need or not? (Whites Only by Annual Household Income)

 

Whites Only

Under 50k/ Year

Over 50k/ Year

Very worried                                                                  

16

25

11

Somewhat worried                                                                  

19

20

18

Not too worried                                                                  

23

18

24

Not worried at all                                                                

43

37

47

Don't know/Refused

0

-

0

 

T46b  Are you worried about not getting the healthcare you need or not? (Blacks Only by Annual Household Income)

 

Blacks Only

Under 50k/ Year

Over 50k/ Year

Very worried                                                                  

17

22

8

Somewhat worried                                                                  

20

22

14

Not too worried                                                                  

25

26

24

Not worried at all                                                                

38

30

54

Don't know/Refused

0

0

-

 

T47  Are you worried about losing your job or not?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very worried                                                                 

4

3

6

Somewhat worried                                                                 

9

9

9

Not too worried                                                                 

17

13

24

Not worried at all                                                                 

46

49

43

Don't have job or retired

24

26

18

Don't know/Refused

1

-

1

 

T47a  Are you worried about losing your job or not? (Whites Only by Annual Household Income)

 

Whites Only

Under 50k/ Year

Over 50k/ Year

Very worried                                                                  

3

5

2

Somewhat worried                                                                  

9

11

9

Not too worried                                                                  

13

9

17

Not worried at all                                                                  

49

42

56

Don't have job or retired

26

34

17

Don't know/Refused

-

-

-

 

T47b  Are you worried about losing your job or not? (Blacks Only by Annual Household Income)

 

Blacks Only

Under 50k/ Year

Over 50k/ Year

Very worried                                                                  

6

8

3

Somewhat worried                                                                  

9

11

8

Not too worried                                                                  

24

25

26

Not worried at all                                                                  

43

38

50

Don't have job or retired

18

18

14

Don't know/Refused

1

-

-

                                                                               

T48  Are you worried about your child not graduating from high school or not?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very worried                                                                 

5

4

8

Somewhat worried                                                                 

3

2

5

Not too worried                                                                 

8

7

11

Not worried at all                                                                 

40

40

43

Does not apply

43

47

32

Don't know/Refused

1

1

1

 

T48a  Are you worried about your child not graduating from high school or not? (Whites Only by Annual Household Income)

 

Whites Only

Under 50k/ Year

Over 50k/ Year

Very worried                                                                  

4

5

4

Somewhat worried                                                                  

2

2

1

Not too worried                                                                  

7

6

8

Not worried at all                                                                  

40

35

43

Does not apply

47

52

43

Don't know/Refused

1

-

1

T48b  Are you worried about your child not graduating from high school or not? (Blacks Only by Annual Household Income)

 

Blacks Only

Under 50k/ Year

Over 50k/ Year

Very worried                                                                  

8

8

5

Somewhat worried                                                                  

5

6

5

Not too worried                                                                  

11

13

5

Not worried at all                                                                  

43

40

53

Does not apply

32

34

32

Don't know/Refused

1

0

-

 

T49  Are you worried about your child not getting into a good college or not?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very worried                                                                 

9

8

10

Somewhat worried                                                                 

10

9

13

Not too worried                                                                 

13

11

17

Not worried at all                                                                 

28

28

32

Does not apply

39

44

27

Don't know/Refused

1

1

1

 

T49a  Are you worried about your child not getting into a good college or not? (Whites Only by Annual Household Income)

 

Whites Only

Under 50k/ Year

Over 50k/ Year

Very worried                                                                  

8

11

6

Somewhat worried                                                                  

9

7

12

Not too worried                                                                  

11

11

13

Not worried at all                                                                  

28

24

29

Does not apply

44

46

40

Don't know/Refused

1

-

1

 

T49b  Are you worried about your child not getting into a good college or not? (Blacks Only by Annual Household Income)

 

Blacks Only

Under 50k/ Year

Over 50k/ Year

Very worried                                                                  

10

11

5

Somewhat worried                                                                  

13

14

13

Not too worried                                                                  

17

20

15

Not worried at all                                                                  

32

26

43

Does not apply

27

29

24

Don't know/Refused

1

-

-

 

T50  Are you worried about not having enough money to pay your bills or not?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very worried                                                                 

17

14

21

Somewhat worried                                                                 

23

25

23

Not too worried                                                                 

24

24

26

Not worried at all                                                                 

35

37

30

Don't know/Refused

0

-

1

 

T50a  Are you worried about not having enough money to pay your bills or not? (Whites Only by Annual Household Income)

 

Whites Only

Under 50k/ Year

Over 50k/ Year

Very worried                                                                  

14

25

7

Somewhat worried                                                                  

25

34

18

Not too worried                                                                  

24

15

30

Not worried at all                                                                  

37

26

46

Don't know/Refused

-

-

-

 

T50b  Are you worried about not having enough money to pay your bills or not? (Blacks Only by Annual Household Income)

 

Blacks Only

Under 50k/ Year

Over 50k/ Year

Very worried                                                                  

21

26

9

Somewhat worried                                                                  

23

25

19

Not too worried                                                                  

26

21

35

Not worried at all                                                                  

30

27

37

Don't know/Refused

1

0

-

 

T51  Are you worried about being a victim of violent crime or not?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very worried                                                                 

8

6

12

Somewhat worried                                                                 

24

25

23

Not too worried                                                                 

37

39

35

Not worried at all                                                                 

31

30

30

Don't know/Refused

0

0

1

 

T51a  Are you worried about being a victim of violent crime or not? (Whites Only by Annual Household Income)

 

Whites Only

Under 50k/ Year

Over 50k/ Year

Very worried                                                                  

6

9

4

Somewhat worried                                                                  

25

28

24

Not too worried                                                                  

39

32

44

Not worried at all                                                                  

30

31

28

Don't know/Refused

0

-

0

 

T51b  Are you worried about being a victim of violent crime or not? (Blacks Only by Annual Household Income)

 

Blacks Only

Under 50k/ Year

Over 50k/ Year

Very worried                                                                  

12

15

8

Somewhat worried                                                                  

23

22

24

Not too worried                                                                  

35

33

38

Not worried at all                                                                  

30

29

29

Don't know/Refused

1

1

1

 

T52  Are you worried about being a victim racial discrimination or not?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very worried                                                                 

5

1

14

Somewhat worried                                                                 

17

11

35

Not too worried                                                                 

29

28

28

Not worried at all                                                                 

49

60

23

Don't know/Refused

1

0

-

 

T53  Are you worried about being unfairly treated by the police or not?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very worried                                                                 

9

4

23

Somewhat worried                                                                 

13

8

29

Not too worried                                                                 

23

22

24

Not worried at all                                                                 

54

66

23

Don't know/Refused

1

1

1

 

T54  Aside from weddings and funerals, how often do you attend religious services... more than once a week, once a week, once or twice a month, a few times a year, seldom, or never?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

More than once a week

20

18

23

Once a week

31

28

36

Once or twice a month  

14

13

17

Few times a year  

14

15

8

Seldom  

15

16

14

Never  

6

8

2

Don't Know/ Refused

1

1

0

 

T55  How important would you say religion is in your own life: Very important, Fairly important, or Not very important?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Very Important  

74

68

85

Fairly Important  

14

17

10

Not Very Important  

12

15

4

Don't Know/ Refused

0

0

1

 

 

T56  People practice their religion in different ways.  Outside of attending religious services, do you pray several times a day, once a day, a few times a week, once a week, a few times a month, seldom, or never?

 

All Respondents

Whites Only

Blacks Only

Several times a day

49

46

56

Once a day

20

19

23

A few times a week

12

12

10

Once a week

2

2

1

Once a month

4

4

4

Seldom

7

8

5

Never

6

8

1

Refused

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

For methodological questions please read the full Methodology Statement

 

See full methodology page for more info.

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Judy Longshaw
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The Winthrop Poll is paid for by Winthrop University with additional support from The West Forum on Politics and Policy at Winthrop University.

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