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Americans are not satisfied with the way Asian Americans, immigrants are treated, poll finds

Satisfaction with the way Asian Americans are treated in the U.S. has plummeted after a year of documented increases in hate crimes and instances of racism, a new poll shows.

Americans are also at an all-time low in their satisfaction with the treatment of immigrants in this country, according to the Gallup poll released Thursday. Americans’ views on the treatment of immigrants have declined in the 20 years since Gallup began polling them on the topic, with this year’s 33% of satisfaction marking the lowest point.

Just 46% of Americans are satisfied with the way Asian people are treated, a 14% drop from the previous year. Between 2016 and 2020, the level of satisfaction dropped 15%; before then, about 70% or more of Americans typically said they were satisfied with the treatment of Asian Americans, according to Gallup.

The finding comes after an uptick in hate crime incidents over the last year-plus amid the coronavirus pandemic, when negative stereotypes for Asian Americans were used by public figures and elected officials.

There was a more than 164% increase in anti-Asian hate crime reports to police in the first quarter of 2021 in 16 major cities and jurisdictions compared with last year, according to a report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

White people and Hispanic people were more likely to say they were satisfied with how Asian Americans are treated, at 50% and 44% satisfaction, respectively. Meanwhile, 30% of Black adults said they were satisfied with how Asians are treated. The rate of satisfaction declined at a similar rate across all three groups.

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