Minority statuses and positive views of the country in the United States: an investigation of nativity/immigrant status, and racial/ethnic and religious backgrounds

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Using a nationally representative sample of adults in the US, this study examines the majority and minority’s positive views of the country in terms of nativity status, race and ethnicity, and religion. The results suggest that the majority–minority differences vary by demographic characteristics and attitudes examined. Although non-US citizens have a lower level of regard for the US as the best country in which to be a citizen than their counterparts, they have no less favourable views in other respects. Among ethnic minorities, only blacks have more negative views of the US than whites do. While religious minorities also have less regard for the country than the majority, individuals with no religious affiliation hold lower levels of most national attitudes. These findings suggest that the associations between minority status and views of the country go beyond race and ethnicity, which previous research has overlooked.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016 Aug 6



  • ethnicity
  • immigrant
  • intergroup relations
  • minority
  • National attitudes
  • religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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