Forty-two percent of Americans say they personally worry a “great deal” about race relations in the United States, up seven percentage points from 2016 and a record high in Gallup’s 17-year trend. This is the third straight year worries about this issue have increased by a significant margin.
In 2010, early in Barack Obama’s presidency, the percentage who expressed a “great deal” of worry about race relations hit an all-time low of 13%. This represented a continued decline in worry that began near the end of the George W. Bush presidency. The level of worry about this issue stayed in the teens until 2015.
Americans’ worries about race relations have risen sharply over the past three years. In 2014, 17% said they worried a “great deal” about this issue; this climbed to 28% in 2015 and 35% in 2016.