A majority of Republican respondents in the U.S. agree that “white people are being replaced by non-white people” and that “discrimination against white people has become as big a problem as discrimination against Black people.”
These were two findings from a mid-May YouGov survey published on June 3.
Of the 58% of Republicans affirming the view that whites are being replaced, 25% strongly agree and 33% somewhat agree.
Republicans are one of only two demographic groups delineated in the survey to have a majority affirm this view. The other group was respondents who voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 election (61% agreed: 27% strongly; 34% somewhat).
Overall, 39% of all respondents agree that whites are being replaced (16% strongly; 23% somewhat), while 41% disagreed (25% strongly; 16% somewhat) and 20% were not sure. Among white respondents, 42% agree that they are being replaced (18% strongly; 24% somewhat).
Of the 70% of Republicans who feel that discrimination against whites is currently “as big a problem” as discrimination against Blacks, 40% strongly agree and 30% somewhat agree.
In addition to Republican respondents, there were two other demographic groups with a majority affirming this view – 74% of 2020 Trump voters (41% strongly; 33% somewhat) and 50% of respondents aged 45-64 (26% strongly; 24% somewhat).
Overall, 43% of all respondents agree with this view (21% strongly; 22% somewhat), while 49% of white respondents agree (25% strongly; 24% somewhat).
The YouGov survey did not delineate responses based on religious affiliation, but the Pew Research Center published in June 2020 a breakdown of party affiliation based on a few religious categories.
Pew’s data set noted that 78% of white evangelical Protestants identified as Republicans or leaned toward the GOP in terms of their political affiliation.
By comparison, 74% of Mormons, 57% of white Catholics, 54% of white non-evangelical Protestants, 27% of both Hispanic Catholics and Jews, 24% of the religiously unaffiliated and 10% of Black Protestants identified as Republican or noted that they lean toward the Republican Party in their political affiliation.
The report also noted that, in 2019, 66% of registered voters who identified as Republican / lean Republican were white Christians, 14% were non-white Christians, 15% were religiously unaffiliated and 9% affiliated with other faith traditions.