About the Survey
Discrimination is a prominent and critically important matter in American life and throughout American history. While many surveys have explored Americans’ beliefs about discrimination, this survey asks people about their own personal experiences with discrimination.
The survey can be seen as the scientific backing for the anecdotes related to discrimination that surround us in everyday life. It reports individuals’ personal experiences with discrimination rather than perceptions of how discrimination affects others, across a range of areas of everyday life including:
- When interacting with the police
- When applying for jobs
- When it comes to being paid equally or considered for promotions
- When trying to rent a room or apartment or buy a house
- When going to a doctor or health clinic
- Whether they have experienced slurs
- Whether they have experienced negative assumptions or insensitive/offensive comments
- Whether people have acted afraid of them
Between October and December 2017, separate reports will be released covering each group’s experiences, in conjunction with coverage from NPR. A final report comparing all groups surveyed collectively will be released in December.