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April 21, 2021

Although polling organizations first started tracking Americans’ attitudes using surveys in the mid-1930s, during those early years, as Schuman et al. (1997) review, just four questions asked about race (and in the case of 3 questions on a lynching bill being considered by Congress, race was not even mentioned).  In 1939, the Gallup organization asked about Eleanor Roosevelt’s resignation from the Daughters of the American Revolution to protest their refusal to allow a “well-known Negro singer to give a concert in a DAR Hall” (2/3rds approved). 

September 9, 2016

This document provides an overview of the data discussed on the
Trends in Racial Attitudes website.


How do people feel about race?

December 3, 2015

A new study on the housing search process adds to a growing body of research questioning the myth that racial minorities self-segregate.  A 2004-2005 survey of residents of the Chicago area touched on a variety of topics related to neighborhoods, preferences, and housing searches. The results revealed that whites, blacks and Latinos all prefer to live in diverse neighborhoods in which their group is the largest, but not the majority. Yet no group ends up doing so.

February 20, 2014

This is Chapter 4 of The Illinois Report 2014.

May 28, 2013

This CAS 2012 Research Brief #4 summarizes directors’ responses to questions about their experiences with financial distress, including budget adequacy, worries about paying for space and staff, turnover of teachers and classrooms, raising center rates, and conditions of space and materials. 

February 21, 2013

This CAS 2012 Research Brief #2 provides a basic description of the centers and directors, including the center’s organizational structure, the demographic makeup of teachers and children, and the education level and experience of the director. Because of the study’s focus on preschool, questions about children generally focused on three and four year olds and questions about teachers focused on classrooms comprised of those preschool-aged children. 

February 8, 2013

The 2012 Chicago Area Study surveyed 229 center directors in 33 ZIP Codes on the West and North sides of Chicago. We prepared a set of initial research briefs to disseminate basic study findings. This CAS 2012 Research Brief #1 summarizes the study goals and design and describes how we classified the 33 ZIP Codes into five types. 

February 1, 2008

The United States is experiencing rapid demographic changes that are altering its racial and ethnic landscape, particularly in urban centers. According to the 2000 census, 56 percent of residents of the 100 largest U.S. cities are nonwhite. Moreover, there is diversity in the composition of this nonwhite population. For instance, Chicago, historically a black and white city, is now 36 percent black, 31 percent white, and 28 percent Latino, with the remaining 5 percent mainly being Asian.

November 2, 2007

Illinois has a diverse population: 66 percent of its residents are non-Hispanic white; 15 percent, black; 14 percent Hispanic or Latino origin; and 4 percent Asian. Unfortunately, this demographic diversity is strongly associated with diversity in health status. Blacks and Hispanics are in worse health than whites. Immigrants arrive in Illinois healthy but their health declines rapidly with time spent here.