On the cusp of President Donald Trump‘s first 100 days in office, a Reuters poll reveals that Americans are viewing race through different lenses. According to the poll, Americans feel that race relations in the country have become strained under the new administration.
In a Reuters report on the poll, the news agency shared tales of three Americans with different racial and economic backgrounds describing their bouts with racism by way of their participation in the poll. With Trump stirring up his base with negative comments on immigrants and Muslims, the former business mogul’s victory last November seemed to signal a shift into a darker time for the nation.
The Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll was conducted between March 28 and April 3 with more the 2,800 respondents rating their experiences with racism in America. Around 36 percent rated racism and bigotry at the worst rating level. Two years back, the number was at 29 percent. The agency notes in its report that the inordinate amount of Black Americans shot and killed by the police, Trump’s negative rhetoric, and an emboldened base of conservatives might all be contributing to the strained climate.
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