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51% Say Hate is Growing in America

Half of adults nationwide believe hate is growing in this country, but Americans are more narrowly divided when it comes to punishing so-called hate crimes.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Adults shows that 51% believe hate is growing in America. Only 21% disagree, but another 28% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

In June 2009, Rasmussen Reports asked Americans the same question in the context of the then-recent murders of a doctor who performed late-term abortions, a soldier at a recruiting station and a guard at Washington’s Holocaust Museum. Fifty percent (50%) said the incidents all indicated hate is growing in America, while 35% saw them as isolated events.

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Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on April 24-25, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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