Yesha Callahan

Yet Another Gallup Poll About Black People

Gallup conducts a lot of polls.  And many of these polls don’t really tell us anything we didn’t already know. For example,  according to a newly released Gallup Survey almost one in four black men between the ages of 18 and 35 have experienced recent unfair treatment by the police.  Here’s a break down of the results:



The poll was conducted using a 30 day time period of June 13-July 5 with 4,373 U.S. adults.

I guess a silver lining is the fact that 76% in that age range were not treated unfairly.  Good for them! Truthfully speaking,  the 24% should consider themselves lucky that they were still alive after dealing with the police to even participate in a poll.

From Gallup:

Blacks’ Perceptions of Unfair Treatment by Police Down This Year

Overall, 17% of black adults say the police treated them unfairly within the 30 days prior to the interview. That number is down from Gallup’s measures of the question between 1999 and 2007, including the high point in 2004, when 25% of all blacks said they had been treated unfairly within the past month. In 1997 and 1998, the first two years Gallup asked the question, 15% and 16% of blacks, respectively, said they had been treated unfairly by police.

The same Gallup poll  also uncovered that  24% of black men felt that they were treated unfairly in shopping situations. Additionally, about as many black men say they have been treated unfairly in a restaurant or theater (16%) and at their place of work (15%) as say they have been treated unfairly by police. Black men are least likely to say they have been treated unfairly while getting healthcare (9%).

Can you think of any occasion in the last thirty days when you felt you were treated unfairly in the following places because you were black? How about -- [RANDOM ORDER]? June-July 2013

Maybe for their next poll, Gallup should find 4,373 white people, and ask how many black people they treat unfairly during a 30 day time period. Now those are some results I’d like to see.


  1. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    Yes!! Bring on the racist white people poll!

  2. July 19, 2013 - Reply

    You would get few responses to a survey directly asking white propel about racism that they have committed. The social norms have stigmatized racism no one admits to being one. There are other measures like symbolic racism and IAT that measure racism and bias implicitly. Plenty of surveys show that it still exist that have large white sampes. Check out the American National Election Study, the book Divided by Color or the IAT research.

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