45% of adults believe society falsely perceives racism

45% of adults are concerned that people perceive racial discrimination where it really does not exist, which is 3% more than in 2019.

Americans are divided when it comes to racial discrimination. According to a recent Pew Research study, 45% of citizens are concerned by "people seeing racial discrimination where it really does not exist." 

Meanwhile, 53% say the biggest problem facing the country is that people don't see racial discrimination where it really does exist. What's impressive about the study is how Americans' opinions have changed on the subject. In 2019, 57% said people overlooking racial discrimination was the biggest problem, while 42% were worried about people seeing it where it didn't really exist. That gap has narrowed from 15 to 8 percentage points.

According to the survey, the Pew Research Center conducted this analysis to explore how Americans view racial discrimination in the United States today compared to previous years.

The results, according to the center, are based on a survey of 5,073 U.S. adults conducted April 10-16, 2023.