When it comes to black influence and representation in the United States, most agree that there is still room for improvement. Americans generally do not believe that black Americans are sufficiently represented in various fields, including in American business, politics and law enforcement.
These ideas divide along racial and party lines. Large majorities of black people say there is not enough representation in three areas tested: “American business and corporations”, “political leadership” and “police and law enforcement”. In each area, only about half of whites agree, with Republicans tending to say blacks have the right amount of influence and representation.
Representation is seen as less problematic in popular culture, sports, and entertainment. About half the country, including four in 10 black people, say there is the right amount of black influence and representation here.
We see similar divisions when it comes to representation on the Supreme Court. About nine in 10 black people say it is at least somewhat important that the Supreme Court reflect the diversity of the country as a whole. And for the most part, that’s very important. In contrast, it is important to seven out of 10 whites and very important to only four out of 10.
On this issue and on black representation more generally, whites are divided along party lines. White Democrats tend to hold similar views to blacks — sometimes even slightly overshadowing their support for diversity — while white Republicans diverge considerably. For example, seven in 10 white Democrats say it’s very important that the Court reflect the country’s diversity, while half of white Republicans say it’s not important.
This CBS News/YouGov survey was conducted among a nationally representative sample of 2,494 U.S. adult residents surveyed between February 15-18, 2022. Respondents were selected to be nationally representative of adults with an oversample of African American respondents included, and the final sample as reported was weighted to be nationally representative of adults based on gender, age, race, and education based on the US Community Survey of the US Census and Current Population Survey, as well as the 2020 presidential vote. The margin of error for the total sample is ±2.3 points. The margin of error for the African American sample is ±5.0 points.