The United States grows more racially diverse each year, and according to the U.S. Census Bureau, America will see a minority majority by 2043.
Most Americans see this as an overall positive, but a recent poll from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and The Atlantic found that half of Republicans believe losing a white majority will have a primarily negative impact.
> A majority of Democrats and Independents believe the demographic changes will have a positive impact, but 50% of Republicans believe racial and ethnic diversity, as outlined by the census projection, will impact the country in a negative way.
> The poll posed the following question to respondents: “As you may know, U.S. Census projections show that by 2043, African-Americans, Latinos, Asians and other mixed racial and ethnic groups will together be a majority of the population. Do you think the likely impact of this coming demographic change will be mostly positive or mostly negative?”
On the whole, 64 percent of Americans said the change will be mostly positive, including 85 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of Independents.
Among white respondents, 69 percent with a college degree said the demographic changes are positive, but among white participants without a college degree, 50 percent said the change would be positive while 44 percent believe it will be negative.
White evangelical Protestants were the most likely among religious groups to say the demographic changes will be negative, with 52 percent saying a non-white majority in the U.S. is not a positive change.
> According to the survey results, 50% of those surveyed said they would definitely vote in the 2018 midterms and another 16% said it was likely they’ll vote. If 66% of voters do turn out for the 2018 midterms, that would pass the 61.4% turnout in the 2016 presidential race.