New poll examines political divides on race and gender issues


Respondents were asked about their support for Black Lives Matter, critical race theory, same-sex marriage and other topics.

The campus of the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Lane Turner / Globe Staff

A national poll released by UMass Amherst and WCVB examined how different political ideologies think about race and gender issues, according to WCVB.

The poll looked at responses from 1,000 people regarding their support for statements relating to race, gender and sexuality. The survey included samples from May 5 to May 9 and reported a margin of error of 3.5%.

For questions on race, the splits between different political parties and ideologies were the largest.

For example, respondents were asked if they support the Black Lives Matter movement. While 73% of Democrats said they support the movement’s goals and 60% said they support the movement’s tactics, for Republicans those percentages were 11% and 4%, respectively.

Seventy-nine percent of curators said they don’t think critical race theory should be taught at any age. For the Liberals, this percentage was 7%.

For people who voted for Trump in 2020, 82% oppose teaching critical race theory while only 20% of those who voted for Biden oppose it.

Similarly, 61% of conservatives think schools should ban talking about race in schools, but only 6% of liberals agree. Twenty-eight percent of moderates agreed.

UMass originally asked about support for police funding cuts in April 2021 and compared those responses in this poll. While support for the funding cut has declined from both parties between yesterday and today, for the Liberals it has fallen from 75% to 62%. For the Conservatives, it went from 10% to 9%.

On gender issues, political parties and ideologies were also divided.

Seventy percent of Republicans support a bill that bars transgender youth from joining school-sponsored sports teams that match their gender identity, while 22% of Democrats support the bill.

For liberals, 96% said they supported same-sex marriage, while 33% of conservatives were in favour.

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