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Young GOP and Dems agree (and don't) on Critical Race Theory

If you've flipped past a cable news channel in the last 6 months, you've probably heard one of two things:

• Critical Race Theory is a partisan scourge that's warping young minds and sapping value from education.

• Critical Race Theory is made up.

Facts: Critical Race Theory, according to AP, "centers on the idea that racism is systemic in the nation’s institutions and that they function to maintain the dominance of white people in society."

The state of play: CRT has become shorthand for anyone looking to dunk on what they see as "liberal indoctrination" in schools and academia more broadly.

What we want to know:

  • Do young people think there's racial inequality built into our major institutions?

  • How do they view their high school history curriculums?

  • Should schools teach the idea that there's racism baked into law and other areas of life?

Here's what we found

Axios + Generation Lab Student Poll | n=810 | June 24-28

82% of students say schools should teach that racism is ingrained in law

  • Democrats: 97%

  • Republicans: 45%

66% believe their high school history curriculum was flawed in how it taught race

  • Democrats: 81%

  • Republicans: 23%

69% believe racism today is primarily systemic, not committed by individuals with prejudice

  • Democrats: 86%

  • Republicans: 16%

Read the full report

Axios CRT Poll Report
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