7 in 10 Adults in the U.S. Have Experienced Discrimination

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Nearly seven in 10 adults (69%) in the U.S. report having experienced any discrimination, with 61 percent reporting experiencing day-to-day discrimination, such as being treated with less courtesy or respect, receiving poorer service than others, and being threatened or harassed. Within this report, discrimination is reported across subgroups of adults, including age, race or ethnicity, disability, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. For example, adults with a disability are twice as likely as adults without a disability to say that their life has been harder (a lot or some) because of discrimination and that discrimination has interfered with them being able to live a full and productive life (for both references: 19 percent of adults with a disability vs. 9% of adults without a disability). For all groups surveyed, the most commonly reported experiences of major discrimination relate to employment.

Almost half of all adults (47%) report experiencing major forms of discrimination, which include police unfairly stopping, searching, questioning, physically threatening or abusing them; neighbors making life difficult for them or their family upon moving into a neighborhood; a teacher or advisor discouraging them from continuing their education; or experiencing unfair treatment when receiving health care.

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