The poll finds that racial prejudice is not limited to one group of partisans. Although Republicans were more likely than Democrats to express racial prejudice in the questions measuring explicit racism (79 percent among Republicans compared with 32 percent among Democrats), the implicit test found little difference between the two parties. That test showed a majority of both Democrats and Republicans held anti-black feelings (55 percent of Democrats and 64 percent of Republicans), as did about half of political independents (49 percent).
There are several bits of interesting information in this new Associated Press poll that found a majority of Americans now hold negative views of black people, but above is perhaps the most important one. Many liberals like to cluck their tongues at the “racist” GOP, but it’s good to remember that, under the surface, so-called progressives can often be just as anti-black as the bigots they condemn.