Attitudes to Racism – New Survey23 September 2013
A specially developed 20 question survey was carried out in person between July and August 2013, with a total sample size of 750 adults. The demographic of the group are as follows: Indian 200, Pakistani 150, Black Caribbean 75, Black African 75, Eastern European 100, White British 150.
The results show that the racism accounts for much of the prejudice and discrimination experienced in Britain today:
- Nearly two-thirds of Black African (65%) respondents were very worried or slightly worried about being attacked because of their race or religion.
- 42% of White British respondents were not at all worried about being attacked because of their race or religion, whereas not single Pakistani respondent was not at all worried.
- Only 4% of Pakistani respondents were not at all worried about being harassed because of their race or religion.
- Three out of every five people (60%) from ethnic minority backgrounds worry that discrimination due to the colour of their skin, their ethnic origin or religion will affect their opportunities in education, training, business or employment.
- Over a third of Black Caribbean (37%) respondents had felt discriminated against by the police due to the colour of their skin, their ethnic origin or religion, compared to only 2% of White British respondents.
- Visible ethnic groups felt discriminated against whilst looking for jobs, and in the work place.
- A third of Black Caribbean respondents (33%) felt they had experienced discrimination when on the job hunt, whilst almost half (44%) had experienced it at work.
- One in four Black African respondents (28%) had felt discriminated against when looking for a job, whilst two out of every five (40%) had felt discriminated against once in work.
- Almost a quarter of Pakistani respondents (23%) had felt discriminated against when looking for work, whilst over a third (35%) felt discriminated against at work.
- Only 3% of White British people surveyed felt discriminated against whilst either seeking employment or at work.
But, despite the experience of racism and racial discrimination being widespread in all areas of life, we are all overwhelmingly optimistic that is a problem that can be solved, with
- four out of five respondents (79%) believing it would take between 20-50 years to eliminate racism.
While it is already illegal to discriminate against anyone based on their race, as this survey once again shows, the experience of racial discrimination still exists. There is still a lot more to do to, beyond legislation, to create an even playing field and make a Britain a place where you can have the same life chances whatever your ethnic background
Now it’s time for everyone to make changes in their own lives, workplaces, and communities, and make survey results like these a thing of the past. Everyone can do something and if we all do our bit, we can help eliminate racism and race inequality.
The changes that you can make at the level of your workplace or community may seem small, but if we all act together, these actions will cause a shift in society so that treating people equally becomes the norm.
Pledge what you are doing to end racism. This might be something that you or your organisation are doing already, but by pledging to the campaign you can inspire others to follow suit.
Together, we can build a movement to End Racism This Generation.
 Runnymede Trust is the UK’s leading race equality think tank
 Ethnic Focus is an an independent research organisation specialising in ethnic research