The data show that communities of color have been hit the hardest in the pandemic—yet many still do not see systemic racism as a barrier to good health.
That’s true even among those most affected by COVID-19, according to the second poll in an ongoing series from the RAND Corporation, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
- 42% of respondents believe that systemic racism is one of the main reasons people of color have poorer health outcomes; ~33% disagree, and nearly 25% are neutral.
- An increasing number of respondents think reopening the economy is important even if this risks increasing the spread of COVID-19.
Cause for optimism: More than two-thirds see the pandemic as a moment for change, and want to see society prioritize access to health care and income inequality--though white respondents are less likely to endorse this statement.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (news release)