White Americans between the ages of 18 and 30 are more likely to hold anti-black views than members of the baby-boom generation between ages 30 to 49, said a study released Friday by the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith.
But the study said white Americans over 50 are more likely to hold anti-black views than any other age group.
Moreover, whites who hold the most negative attitudes toward Jews also are the most likely to harbor negative feelings about blacks, immigrants, illegal aliens, homosexuals and women.
"The finding concerning younger adults is disturbing and seems to reverse earlier findings that younger, more educated Americans were less likely to hold prejudiced views," said Abraham Foxman, the league's national director.
Foxman called for further study to assess the implications of the survey.
About 1,600 people were interviewed by phone for the survey, conducted in October and November by the Boston firm of Marttila & Kiley. The study has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent.
Thirty-five percent of survey respondents over 50 were classified as being in the group considered most prejudiced, compared with 23 percent of those age 30 to 49, and 31 percent under 30.
Thirty-eight percent of all white respondents said blacks are more prone to violence than other races, the league said. Thirty-five percent of whites said they believe blacks generally prefer to accept welfare than work for a living.
Twenty-nine percent of whites said blacks are "too loud and pushy," and 1 in 5 whites said blacks were not as hard-working as everyone else.
The study also found sharp difference between attitudes of blacks and whites on racism in the workplace.
Eighty-three percent of blacks said whites benefit from biased hiring decisions, but only 41 percent of whites shared that view.
Only 3 percent of black respondents said a black job applicant would come out ahead in competition against an equally qualified white candidate. But 33 percent of whites said the black applicant probably would be hired.
Blacks also have a dimmer view of the justice system than whites, the survey said.
Sixty-five percent of blacks said the courts tend to discriminate against blacks, while 25 percent said the courts tend to be fair toward defendants of all races.
In contrast, 58 percent of whites said the judicial system operates without bias.