General Article 84% of BAME Britons think the UK is still very or somewhat racist

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With Black Lives Matter protests dominating headlines, YouGov research reveals that Black, Asian and minority ethnic adults in Britain today believe racism has not reduced in the last three decades.

By Tanya Abraham, Associate Director of Political and Social Research

YouGov interviewed over 1,200 BAME Britons, including people from Black, Asian, Mixed and other non-White backgrounds, about issues of race today and in the past. Worrying results show that virtually identical numbers of people believe racism exists in the country today (84%) as believe it existed 30 years ago (86%). Not only does this figure show that the issue is a problem in the eyes of an overwhelming number of Britons from ethnic minorities, but also that it does not seem to be reducing over time.

However, there is a noticeable difference in severity; seven in ten (68%) think racism was present to ‘a great deal’ in UK society 30 years ago, and this has fallen to 47% today.

This suggests that the type of racism peo...

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