Overestimating the Black Population in the US

A recent article in The Atlantic reported that the 2000 General Social Survey asked 1,000 White adults to estimate what percentage of the US population is Black. 95% of White women and 85% of White men overestimated that percentage, which at the time, was 12%.  The overestimation was stronger for women than men: 69% of women and 49% of men guessed that Blacks comprised more than 20% of the population. 
Sue Hodge

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