When asked whether critical race theory should be taught in their child's school, just under half of American parents said yes, a poll by USA Today and Ipsos found. But when asked about teaching the ongoing effects of slavery and racism — topics central to critical race theory — support grew to almost two-thirds. Thirty percent of parents opposed teaching either subject. The poll was taken from August 30 to September 1, 2021.

Source: Erin Richards and Alia Wong, “Parents want kids to learn about ongoing effects of slavery — but not critical race theory. They're the same thing,” USA Today, Sept. 10, 2021, https://tinyurl.com/yckv2ukt

Data for the graphic are as follows:

Teaching Topic Percentage Supporting Percentage Opposing Percentage Who Don't Know
Critical Race Theory 49% 30% 21%
Ongoing Effects of Slavery and Racism in U.S. 63% 30% 7%

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