Racial differences translate into political differences. What are the political preferences for multiracial Americans? Do they mirror the general population, or are they unique?
This week, we’ve discussed the changing demographics of American society, considering the Pew Research Center’s new study of multiracial adults. We considered that the U.S. Census undercounts multiracial Americans, how race can change based on self-identification, whether biracial adults feel closer to one race or another, and the variation in racial discrimination by different biracial combinations. Today, we look at multiracial Americans’ political preferences.
Single-race black Americans strongly identify as Democrats: 92% do so. The same is true for black-American Indians (89%), white-blacks (73%), and white-black-American Indians (72%).
Single-race whites tend to prefer Republicans: 55% feel this way. A similar preference is evident for white/American Indian adults (53%). This multiracial group is the only one that prefers the GOP.
The majority of single-race Asians (68%) prefer Democrats. The same is true for white-Asians (60%).
So, when we examine political preferences, we see a pattern that we’ve observed all week: one race tends to dominate in a multiracial adult. In particular, if black is part of the combination, it tends to dominate the other race.
Are the political preferences of multiracial Americans what you expected?
As we conclude this week, what is your biggest surprise?
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