ERIC Number: ED230631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Report to the Governor's Task Force on Violence and Extremism [with Executive Summary].
Governor's Task Force on Violence and Extremism, Annapolis, MD.; Maryland Univ., College Park. Survey Research Center.
This paper presents the result of a statewide survey conducted by the Survey Research Center at the University of Maryland for the Governor's Task Force on Extremism and Violence. The Task Force was commissioned in response to an increased number of reported incidents associated with racial, ethnic, or religious bigotry. The survey was intended to help define patterns and possible causes of these attitudes and activities, to design a reporting system, and to create vehicles that would address the problem. A questionnaire was randomly administered over the telephone to 532 adults, Maryland State residents. Results show that: (1) while prejudice and intolerance still exist, the majority of the respondents disapproved of incidents which reflect racial or religious bigotry and felt that these incidents should be dealt with by legal means and community pressures; (2) older stereotypes of reasons for some groups' inability to do well seem to be disappearing; (3) a minority of blacks and whites expressed fear of the other racial group; and (4) the majority of whites oppose laws that prohibit interracial marriage or open housing. A comparison of this survey to similar national surveys is drawn. Racial profiles of respondents and other statistical data are provided. (AOS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Governor's Task Force on Violence and Extremism, Annapolis, MD.; Maryland Univ., College Park. Survey Research Center.