The University of South Carolina’s Institute for Public Service and Policy Research conducted a statewide survey to examine racial attitudes and the implications of race for policy issues in South Carolina a year after the Charleston Church shootings.
The institute’s executive director, Bob Oldendick told South Carolina Radio Network that the survey reveals that only a small number of people see things as good. “It finds that there’s really very little change over time. That only a small percentage of people rate race relations as excellent,” Oldendick said.
The survey finds that the majority of South Carolinians (55.8%) think that removing the Confederate Flag from the Statehouse grounds was the right decision. “Majorities of both whites and blacks thought that was the right decision. A higher percentage of blacks than whites said that was the right decision,” said Oldendick.
The survey also revealed that the majority of black and white South Carolinians reported that police in their communities make them feel mostly safe. White respondents were significantly more likely than black respondents, however, to say that police in their communities make them feel mostly safe, while black respondents were significantly more likely than whites to say that police in their communities make them feel mostly anxious.