Intergroup Relations in a Diverse America: Data From the 2000 General Social Survey


Publication Date: January 2001

Publisher: American Jewish Committee

Author(s): Tom W. Smith

Research Area: Culture and religion

Keywords: American Jews

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The report examines how different groups are assessed by survey respondents. It considers, among others, the perceived contributions of various groups to American society; ethnic images of some major groups on the dimensions of wealth, industriousness, violence-proneness, intelligence, commitment to strong families, and commitment to intergroup tolerance and equality; desired social distance from various groups. The report also examines two major components of the increasing multiculturalism in the US: 1) the use of foreign languages and attitudes toward language issues and, 2) attitudes toward the level and composition of immigration and the impact that immigrants have on American society. The report draws on the General Social Surveys of the National Opinion Research of the University of Chicago.