During the height of the racial justice protests in June, 67 percent of all U.S. adults viewed racism as a big problem in society. Both white and Black respondents were less likely to say racism was a big problem in August and September, after the protests had peaked. In both periods, significantly more Black people than white people saw racism as a problem.

Source: “CNN and SSRS Poll — Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2020,” CNN, p. 6, https://tinyurl.com/y58grqe8

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Demographics Share in June Share in Aug.-Sept.
All U.S. Adults 67% 55%
White 60% 51%
Black 88% 78%

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