Nearly two-thirds of Americans (64%) say an increasing number of people from different races, ethnic groups and nationalities in the U.S. makes the country a better place to live. Fewer (29%) think growing diversity in America does not make much difference, and just 5% think it makes the country a worse place to live. This data is revealed in depth in a Pew Research Center dated 2-16-17. The report on diversity’s appeal is part of a more comprehensive research entitled “In first month, view of Trump are already strongly felt, deeply polarized”.
Diversity’s Favorable Trend
The share that thinks growing diversity makes the country a better place to live has increased eight points from last August when a smaller majority (56%) held this view. An overwhelming share of adults with a postgraduate degree (79%) say that growing diversity in America makes for a better place to live. Also in agreement are seven-in-ten of those with a college degree or some college experience. About half of those with a high school diploma or less education (53%) think more people of different races and ethnicities in the U.S. makes the country a better place. Lastly 36% think it makes no difference either way.
Diversity in America – Political Divide
Majorities across all age groups think increasing diversity makes the U.S. a better place, though younger adults are somewhat more likely to say this than adults ages 50 and older. Today, 76% of Democrats and Democratic leaners think growing diversity in the U.S. makes the country better. The share of Democrats who say this is up 10 points since August. The shift in views is particularly notable among conservative and moderate Democrats. About seven-in-ten (71%) now say increasing diversity makes the country a better place, up from 59% who said this in August.
Diversity – Racial Divide
Last year, 3-31-16 Pew Research issued an excellent article detailing ten demographic trends shaping the U.S. and the world.
The # 1 topic described how Americans are more racially and ethnically diverse. The report continued to state the U.S. is projected to be even more diverse in the coming decades. “By 2055, the U.S. will not have a single racial or ethnic majority. Much of this change has been ( and will be ) driven by immigration.” Nearly 59 million immigrants have arrived in the U.S. in the past 50 years, mostly from Latin America and Asia. Today, a near-record 14% of the country’s population is foreign born compared with just 5% in 1965. Over the next five decades, the majority of U.S. population growth is projected to be linked to new Asian and Hispanic immigration. American attitudes about immigration and diversity are supportive of these changes for the most part. More Americans say immigrants strengthen the country than say they burden it, and most say the U.S.’s increasing ethnic diversity makes it a better place to live.
The changing face of America, 1965-2065 % of the total population
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