Chart Of The Day

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A new survey shows that a majority of Americans – including, for the first time, a majority of white Americans – believe the justice system is unfair to black people. Adam Serwer notes that opinions have shifted substantially across all demographic groups surveyed. German Lopez believes Ferguson changed the debate:

While young adults saw the most dramatic shift toward acknowledging racial disparities in the criminal justice system, everyone else — seniors and Republicans included — saw a significant change as well. Notably, a majority (51 percent) of white Americans now appear to agree that there are some racial disparities in the criminal justice system, up from 42 percent just one year ago. It’s possible that this is a temporary blip, especially since the survey was conducted a month after the events in Ferguson. But since some studies suggest it’s difficult to get white Americans to see and care about racial disparities in the criminal justice system, the survey could indicate the beginnings of a big change in public perspectives.