Sixty-three percent of voters said the level of hatred and prejudice has increased, compared to 32 percent who said it hasn’t changed and 2 percent who said it has decreased.
Democrats were the most likely to see a negative impact, with 84 percent saying hostility has increased. Republicans were more divided, with a surprisingly high 42 percent agreeing that hatred has risen and 49 percent saying it hasn’t changed. The views of independents were almost identical to those of all registered voters.
When asked specifically about prejudice against minority groups, 77 percent of voters said it’s a very or somewhat serious problem. Democrats, those aged 18-49, women and people of color were more likely to rate the problem seriously.
The poll also asked specifically about prejudice against Jewish people. Voters expressed similar levels of concern, with 70 percent saying it’s a very or somewhat serious problem and 29 percent saying it’s not so serious or not a problem at all.
However, feelings about anti-Semitism have changed as the media has reported on waves of threats against Jewish facilities. Last month, only 49 percent of voters said prejudice against Jewish people was at least a somewhat serious problem.