Americans of all races and ethnic backgrounds are less satisfied with how black people are treated in the US, according to a new Gallup poll.
White and black respondents reported similar drops in satisfaction with how black people are treated from 2013 to 2015 — a drop that seems in part attributable to the increased attention racial disparities in the criminal justice system have received following the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. That's a bit surprising, considering some research suggests white people are less likely to support reform if they're told that the criminal justice system disproportionately hurts African Americans.
But the June poll of 2,000 US adults also found that Americans see more unfair treatment against black people in many situations — not just in police interactions, but in malls, work, neighborhood shops, and restaurants, bars, theaters, and other entertainment places, as well.
Still, the poll's findings show that despite the drop in satisfaction in the past two years, a majority (53 percent) of white Americans are satisfied with how black people are treated in the US. That stands in sharp contrast to black Americans, 33 percent of whom say they're satisfied with how black people are treated. So there's still a big gap in how people of different races view the treatment of black people.