Americans’ Attitudes Toward Civil Rights and Government Are More Aligned Since Pandemic

July 20, 2021
Reimagining Rights Poll

A recent article by the Harvard Kennedy School highlights the Carr Center's second national poll under the Reimagining Rights and Responsibilities in the United States project.

The results of the poll reveal increased common ground on voting, economic and racial inequities, and other issues.

"The shared experience of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic crisis seems to have significantly altered Americans' attitudes towards civil rights, government responsibilities, and each other, bringing peoples' views closer together despite continuing partisan political divisions.

"Asked whether 'Americans have more in common with each other than many people think,' 88 percent of respondents said they either 'agreed' or 'somewhat agreed,' according to a poll released today by the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

"That's a significant jump from the 71 percent positive response when the same question was asked in mid-2020, before the full effects of the COVID-19 pandemic were felt," writes Ralph Ranalli, Senior Writer at Harvard Kennedy School's Office of Communications and Public Affairs.

Read the article.