Millennials Divided: Split Opinion Toward US Judicial System Confidence Among Latinos, Blacks, Whites
Millennials are divided about the U.S. judicial system.
Harvard University Institute of Politics' (IOP) "Survey of Young Americans' Attitudes Toward Politics and Public Service" found nearly one-in-two millennials "do not have confidence that the justice system is fair," and the topics of race, political party and income are major factors.
Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S., which the White House categorized as Americans born between 1980 and mid-2000s. For the Harvard IOP poll, 18- to 29-year-olds were asked, "How confident are you in the U.S. judicial 49-49 system's ability to fairly judge people without bias for race and ethnicity?
The result was a 49-49 tie, but within the 49-percentage points are more details.
Fourteen percent of millennials said their confidence in the judicial system is "none," while 35 percent said "not much." Forty percent of millennials share they have "some" confidence with the judicial system, while 9 percent said "a lot."
Within the Latino millennial group, 53 percent said they have either "not much/none confidence" with the judicial system, but 44 percent said they do have "a lot" or "some confidence."
More black millennials did not have confidence in the judicial system, with 66 percent to 31 percent. White millennials have more trust in the court system than Latinos and blacks. White millennials, with 55 percent, share confidence with the judicial system, while 43 percent disagreed.
Republican millennials had more trust, with 66 percent, than distrust, 33 percent. Millennials who identified themselves as Democrat or Independent did not trust the judicial system, with 54 percent each.
"In addition to differences [by race and party identification], striking differences also emerge by income category," noted the Harvard IOP report.
"For example, among those in the sample with total household income of more than $85,000 per year, 57 percent have confidence and 42 percent do not," the polling report continued. "However, confidence falls to 51 percent among those with incomes between $50,000 and $85,000 and to 43 percent for those with household incomes less than $50,000."
Most of the distrust in the judicial system stemmed from racial inequality issues. When millennials were asked if the "#BlackLivesMatter" protests would be effective in making meaningful change, only 39 percent said the movement would make a difference. Along racial lines, 60 percent of blacks and 48 percent of Latinos said the protests will provide meaningful change while only 29 percent of white millennials agreed.
The Harvard University IOP poll was conducted between March 8 and April 1.
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