Most Americans believe their fellow citizens hold strong biases against minorities, according to a landmark poll by Zogby International commissioned by GSN. The survey of 10,387 American adults, one of the most comprehensive ever conducted on prejudice, according to Zogby, explores attitudes about race, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender, physical appearance, and politics. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 1 percentage point.

The “Report Card on American Prejudice” is part of a wide-ranging effort by GSN to spur a national dialogue on intolerance and bigotry. The survey’s release provides a powerful follow-up to the July 17th premiere of the groundbreaking new television series, “Without Prejudice?” which airs Tuesdays at 9 pm (EST) on GSN — the network for games.

On Race: While 67% of respondents claimed to have no preference themselves between a white, black or Arab clerk in a convenience store, 71% said, “most Americans” would seek out the white clerk. Just 1% said Americans’ first choice would be to approach a black clerk, while less than 0.5% said the same for an Arab clerk. And yet, ironically, 55% of respondents said race relations have improved over the past 10 years. Other results on race (where respondents picked from among several races):

* 73% said in the event of a shooting, most Americans would expect African Americans to be involved

* 55% said in the event of a drug bust, most Americans would expect African Americans to be involved

* 53% said in the event of identity theft; most Americans would expect whites to be involved

* 70% said in the event of insurance fraud, most Americans would expect whites to be involved

On Religion: By a wide margin, respondents believe Americans think Muslims are the most likely to engage in terrorism (83%). Moreover, 42% believe Americans would be most concerned about their child dating a Muslim; followed by an atheist (17%), and a Mormon (14%). In addition:

* 37% believe Americans think Catholics are most likely to be involved in sexual abuse — far more than any other religious group

* The poll turned up relatively few instances of Americans believing their neighbors have negative views toward Jews


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