The share of all U.S. adults dissatisfied with the treatment of Black Americans grew from 37 percent in 2001 to 65 percent in 2020, but dissatisfaction among African Americans has been consistently higher than among whites, according to a Gallup survey. The dissatisfaction has risen most sharply since 2014, when a police officer killed an unarmed Black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., triggering an ongoing movement highlighting racial injustice.

Source: “Race Relations,” Gallup, accessed Feb. 3, 2021, https://tinyurl.com/ueswx8sf

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Year Percentage of All Adults Percentage of Black Adults Percentage of White Adults
2001 37% 60% 34%
2002 33% 55% 29%
2003 34% 59% 30%
2005 37% 58% 31%
2006 36% 62% 31%
2007 33% 68% 24%
2008 39% 64% 34%
2013 36% 52% 33%
2015 50% 67% 45%
2016 47% 67% 43%
2018 54% 80% 48%
2020 65% 79% 59%

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