Plurality of Voters Say Critical Race Theory Makes Race Relations 'Worse,' Poll Shows
Rasmussen Reports survey finds little support for CRT
A plurality of poll respondents says that the Marxism-rooted Critical Race Theory (CRT) is making race relations "worse," according to Rasmussen Reports.
CRT has been described by top lawmakers as a “prejudicial ideological tool” that teaches students “to judge individuals based on sex, race, ethnicity, or national origin.”
In recent weeks, it has emerged as a hot button issue.
Just last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) called for a ban on CRT from being taught in classrooms across Florida, for example.
The call was backed by the Florida Board of Education.
Several concerned parents made passionate pleas against CRT to the board.
“I don’t know about you, but telling my child, or any child, that they are in a permanent oppressed status in America because they are black is racist,” one mom attending the BOE's meeting said.
"And saying that white people are automatically above me, my children, or any child is racist as well.
"This is not something that we can stand for in our country."
She continued by contending CRT is teaching children there is a “hierarchy in society where white male, heterosexual, able-bodied people are deemed the oppressor and anyone else outside of that status is oppressed.”
Per the Rasmussen survey, 43 percent said CRT will make race relations “worse.”
Just 24 percent said it will make race relations “better,” while 17 percent said it would “not make much difference.”
16 percent said they are “not sure.”
However, a majority of Republicans said CRT will make it worse, but only 18 percent of Democrats agree.
A plurality of Democrats, 43 percent, believe it will make race relations “better.”
Notably, a plurality of black voters, 38 percent, believe it will make race relations “better,” but a plurality of other non-white voters, 45 percent, believe CRT will make race relations worse.
The survey also found that a majority of voters, 73 percent, are paying close attention, at least “somewhat,” to the "teaching of CRT in public schools.”
The survey, taken June 14-15, 2021, among 900 likely U.S. voters, has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.
A Rasmussen survey released earlier this month also found a plurality of U.S. voters believe race relations have gotten “worse” under Democrat Joe Biden.