Report Card on Prejudice in America

New Zogby/GSN Survey Reveals That:

- A Racist Lives Next Door - Most Americans believe they don't make

decisions based on race... but think their neighbors do

- A gay President is OK, but most Americans wouldn't sanction his or her


Respondents also think most Americans believe:

- Republicans are most responsible for many of the world's ills

- Muslims are most likely to engage in terrorism

- People least want to work with the morbidly obese

Jul 23, 2007, 01:00 ET from Game Show Network

    LOS ANGELES, July 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Most Americans believe their
 fellow citizens hold strong biases against minorities, according to a
 landmark poll by Zogby International commissioned by GSN. The survey of
 10,387 American adults, one of the most comprehensive ever conducted on
 prejudice, according to Zogby, explores attitudes about race, religion,
 age, sexual orientation, gender, physical appearance, and politics. The
 poll's margin of error is +/- 1 percentage point.
     The "Report Card on American Prejudice" is part of a wide-ranging
 effort by GSN to spur a national dialogue on intolerance and bigotry. The
 survey's release provides a powerful follow-up to the July 17th premiere of
 the groundbreaking new television series, "Without Prejudice?" which airs
 Tuesdays at 9 pm (EST) on GSN -- the network for games.
     --  On Race:  While 67% of respondents claimed to have no preference
         themselves between a white, black or Arab clerk in a convenience
         store, 71% said, "most Americans" would seek out the white clerk.
         Just 1% said Americans' first choice would be to approach a black
         clerk, while less than 0.5% said the same for an Arab clerk. And yet,
         ironically, 55% of respondents said race relations have improved over
         the past 10 years. Other results on race (where respondents picked
         from among several races):
             --  73% said in the event of a shooting, most Americans would
                 expect African Americans to be involved
             --  55% said in the event of a drug bust, most Americans would
                 expect African Americans to be involved
             --  53% said in the event of identity theft; most Americans would
                 expect whites to be involved
             --  70% said in the event of insurance fraud, most Americans would
                 expect whites to be involved
     --  On Political Affiliation:  When asked which political party most
         Americans believe to be responsible for many of the gravest problems
         facing the world:
             --  War: 62% blamed Republicans vs. 14% Democrats
             --  Global Warming: 56% blamed Republicans vs. 10% Democrats
             --  Prejudice: 52% blamed Republicans vs. 22% for Democrats
             --  Poverty: 49% held Republicans accountable; 29% Democrats
             --  Corruption: 47% blamed Republicans vs. 31% Democrats
             --  Crime: On this issue, respondents reversed the trend, with 42%
                 blaming Democrats vs. 23% Republicans
     --  On Religion:  By a wide margin, respondents believe Americans think
         Muslims are the most likely to engage in terrorism (83%). Moreover,
         42% believe Americans would be most concerned about their child dating
         a Muslim; followed by an atheist (17%), and a Mormon (14%). In
             --  37% believe Americans think Catholics are most likely to be
                 involved in sexual abuse -- far more than any other religious
             --  The poll turned up relatively few instances of Americans
                 believing their neighbors have negative views toward Jews
     --  On Sexual Orientation & Gender:  62% said they believe Americans
         oppose same-sex marriages. Yet 58% would elect a gay person for
         President -- about the same as for an Arab-American (57%), and more
         than for a person over age 70 (51%), or for an atheist (51%). On
         gender, 93% think Americans believe men are most responsible for
         crime, extra-marital affairs (82%), and sexually transmitted diseases
     --  On Disability:  When asked to choose whom they believe most Americans
         would least want to work with, 26% of respondents said someone who is
         morbidly obese. Twenty-two percent said someone with a facial
         disfigurement. Respondents thought Americans would object much less
         to deaf (3%) and blind (1%) co-workers.
     Pollster John Zogby said, "Over my years of polling, I've learned that
 Americans tend to offer socially acceptable responses when questioned on
 their own views about race and prejudice. That's why in this poll we
 predominantly asked people about "most Americans'" views on race and
 prejudice. We believe this provides a far more accurate window into how
 people really think about these issues. Americans are more forthcoming when
 discussing the problem in the context of their neighbors' lives than in the
 context of their own lives."
     Dena Kaplan, GSN's Sr. Vice President for Marketing, said, "Our network
 is proud to sponsor the Without Prejudice Project. This pioneering effort
 -- which includes the poll, partnering with leading advocacy groups, and
 the broadcast of our new game show, 'Without Prejudice?' -- will help
 provoke a constructive national conversation about our inner-most feelings
 toward race, religion and other issues that define the way we, as
 Americans, treat one another."
     GSN has partnered with several leading national advocacy groups on the
 Without Prejudice Project. Listed below is a contact from each
 organization; all are available for comment:
     Richard McIntire                  Andi Zentz
     Corporate Communications          Sr. Communications & Marketing Associate
     NAACP                             YWCA USA
     4805 Mt. Hope Drive               1015 18th Street, NW - Suite 1100
     Baltimore, MD 21215               Washington, DC 20036
     Tel: 410-580-5787                 Tel: 202-467-0801  
     Damon Romine                      Ibrahim Hooper
     Entertainment Media Director      National Communications Director
     GLAAD                             Council on American-Islamic
     5455 Wilshire Blvd.               Relations (CAIR)
     Suite 1500                        453 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
     Los Angeles, CA 90036             Washington, D.C. 20003
     Tel: 323-634-2012                 Tel: 202-742-6449        
     Lisa Navarrete
     VP, Office of Public Information
     National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
     1126 16th Street, NW
     Washington, DC 20036
     Tel: 202-776-1744
     Pollster John Zogby will also be available for comment regarding the
 poll. He may be reached at: 315-624-0200 x229
     For the entire Zogby/GSN poll, visit
     About the Without Prejudice Project
     GSN created the Without Prejudice Project to provide an opportunity for
 people across the country to participate in a thoughtful, productive
 conversation about prejudice. Using distinguished pollster, Zogby
 International, GSN commissioned a poll designed to explore Americans'
 preferences and biases. The poll findings will serve as a barometer of the
 country's tolerance and a platform for honest discussion. To stimulate the
 conversation, GSN will launch a comprehensive project including PSAs, an
 online forum (featuring snap polls, blogs, discussion guides and community
 building resources from our partners), a PR effort, and print, TV and
 online media. GSN is partnering with leading advocacy groups on the Without
 Prejudice Project, including NAACP, YWCA, GLAAD, CAIR and NCLR. To learn
 more, please visit

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