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Poll: Most Whites Believe Protesting Makes Country Better, Unless The Protesters Are Black

A new poll shows some disturbing beliefs about race in America.

A survey taken by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service shows that 63 percent of Americans support free speech in the form of protests in response to government unfairness.

However, that number drops to 54 percent if the people protesting are black; 39 percent do not support African Americans exercising their First Amendment rights.

In another poll question, 67 percent of white Americans believe that protesting improves the country, but that drops to 48 percent when asked if protests by black people help the U.S.

A whopping 62 percent of Americans believe that God has singled out America for special purpose in history (American exceptionalism). That number skyrockets to 83 percent for white evangelical Protestants, even though America is never mentioned in the Bible.

When it comes to being an American, 89 believe that speaking English means you're "truly" an American, 69 percent think that belief in God is an important part of being a real American, while 53 percent identify Christianity with being an American.

In another question, 35 percent of Americans believe the U.S. is a Christian nation, and 45 percent think the U.S. was once a Christian nation in the past.

The U.S. population is 72 percent Christian, but 49 percent polled believe that discrimination against Christians is as bad as discrimination for minority groups.

This nationwide poll of 1,007 adults was taken between June 10 and June 14.

On the Fox News show "Hannity" last night, guest host David Webb asked Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli, "Are we institutionally racist? I say we're not," according to

Borelli agreed with Webb by noting that there were four black panelists on the program and that President Obama won twice, but she didn't mention that Obama lost the white male vote both both times, according to Politico and NBC News.

Sources: Public Religion Research Institute,, Politico, NBC News
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