African American Men Survey

by Claudia Deane; Drew Altman; Elizabeth Hamel; John Benson; Mollyann Brodie; Richard Morin; Robert Blendon

Jun 1, 2006

Generated by a partnership between The Washington Post, Kaiser Foundation, and Harvard University, this survey seeks to increase understanding of public opinion by gathering responses from white and black men and women on how they see their lives and their outlook for the future. Response data are disaggregated by race and gender.

  • 62 percent of black men and 60 percent of black women feel that black men face many more obstacles advancing in the workplace than whites. Only 24 percent of white men and 33 percent of white women share this view.
  • Sixty-nine percent of white men and 45 percent of white women think America's economic system is fair to everyone. Only 28 percent of black men and 29 percent of black women agree.
  • Across the four primary race/gender groups analyzed, black men and women are more likely to place great importance on living a religious life.
  • Sixty percent of black men reported being very or somewhat worried about not getting the healthcare they need, compared to 48 percent of white men. Thirty-nine percent of black men are very or somewhat worried about losing their jobs, compared to 21 percent of white men.
  • Seventy-two percent of white men, 69 percent of white women, 60 percent of black men, and 44 percent of black women believe that, considering everything, it is a good time to be a black man in America.