In a recent Reuters/Ipsos poll, it was determined that less than half of Americans are familiar with critical race theory and related discussions within their community. However, roughly three for every ten people have never heard of it.
The Ipsos poll was conducted between July 12 -13, 2021 on behalf of Thomson Reuters. The survey consisted of a sample of 1,0004 adults age 18+ from the continental U.S., Alaska, and Hawaii was interviewed online in English. Of these participants, 453 identified as Democrat, 377 as Republican, and 115 Independents.
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The sample was drawn from Ipsos’s online panel. Detailed findings from the poll showed that 43% of Americans reported being at least somewhat familiar with critical race theory. Additionally, 41% of Americans say they are familiar with the discussions over critical race theory in their state or community. Younger Americans are more likely to be familiar with these debates than those 55+. Findings also showed that most Americans support teaching high school students about slavery and racism and their impacts in United State history.
However, Republicans and Democrats are more split on the issue. Roughly 86% Democrats support teaching about the impacts of slavery and racism, while 73% of Republicans support teaching about the impacts of slavery, and 58% support teaching on the impacts of racism. Republicans are also more likely to support the banning of teaching critical race theory in schools than Democrats, hence where the partisan divide exists.