June 22nd, 2020

CNN Exclusive – Disunited Kingdom: Britain in Black and White

– New poll reveals stark differences in attitudes to race and racism –

 

A new CNN/Savanta ComRes poll reveals stark differences between Black and White Britons when it comes to race and racism in the UK.

Black people are at least twice as likely as White people to say there is discrimination in British policing, British media and British politics, that the country has not done enough to address historic racial injustice, and that the country’s governing Conservative Party is institutionally racist.

The sweeping survey, carried out between June 12th and 14th, forms part of wider reporting on race and racism in the UK on CNN International and CNN Digital released today and throughout this week.

Read CNN’s Exclusive report, here: www.cnn.com/confrontingracism

Full poll results, here: https://bit.ly/2YjxhLW

 

Key findings from the CNN/Savanta ComRes poll:

On Policing:

Black people are twice as likely as White people to say they personally have not been treated with respect by police: Half (49%) of Black people and a quarter (26%) of White people report that experience.

Black people are twice as likely as White people to say a friend or family member has not been treated with respect by police: 59% of Black people and 31% of White people say so.

Black people are twice as likely as White people to say UK police are institutionally racist. Even 27% of White people say so, while 54% of Black people do.

On removing statues of people involved in slave trade or colonization:

Black people are more than twice as likely as White people to say they are offended by statues of people involved in the slave trade or colonization: 66% of Black people said so, while only 30% of White people did.

Black people are twice as likely to support the removal of such statues by protesters: 60% of Black people support their removal, while only 28% White people do.

On representation of Black people in film and television:

Black people are more than twice as likely as White people to say there is too little representation of Black people in the media: 67% of Black people say that, while 27% of White people do.

Black people are more than twice as likely as White people to support the withdrawal of TV shows that use blackface, as the BBC did this month with the comedy “Little Britain.”

On the ruling Conservative Party and opposition Labour Party:

More than half (58%) of Black respondents to CNN’s poll said Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party is institutionally racist, although a significant minority (39%) of White people agreed.

31% of Black people and 34% of White people believe the opposition Labour Party is institutionally racist

On the Windrush scandal and historic racial injustices:

More than half (55%) of Black respondents said they did not trust that something like Windrush Scandal would not happen again.  55% of White people trusted it would not.

Black people are almost twice as likely (64%) as White people (35%) to say the UK has not done enough to address historical racial injustice.

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Notes to editors:

  • Savanta ComRes surveyed 1,535 British adults aged 18 and up from June 12-14 about their views towards race relations in the UK. The sample included a nationally representative sample of 1,000 respondents, with a boost to guarantee at least 500 Black, Asian and minority ethnic respondents. Data were then weighted by age, sex, region and ethnicity to ensure that the findings are representative of the Great Britain population as a whole.
  • Throughout, the term ‘Black’ or ‘Black people’ refers to respondents who identified as “Black” or “Mixed – Black African” or “Mixed – Black Caribbean.”
  • The margin of error on the full sample is +/- 2.5 percentage points. On White responses, it is +/- 3.1 points. On Black, Asian and minority ethnic responses, it is +/- 4.3 points. On Black responses, it is +/- 8.2 points.