The "State of Hate" survey is aimed at understanding people’s attitudes, beliefs, and experiences of discrimination and bias in Greater Rochester. Our community’s challenge is not to raise awareness but rather to provide residents with tools and actions they can take to help address issues of discrimination in order to bring the community together. Click here to download the"State of Hate in Greater Rochester"report.

Two key findings have been identified in the survey data. First, while most people report being aware that discrimination is an issue in our community, it is a theoretical concept for most Whites but a part of the lived experience for the majority of Blacks/African Americans and members of other subgroups. 

The second finding this report highlights is the positive attitude of an overwhelming majority of respondents, encouraging hope for a better future for our community. The Greater Rochester area is seen as a welcoming place by 81% of area residents – a statistic that holds over many different demographic groups – due to what they see as its diversity and openmindedness.

Data detailing the perspectives and experiences of the surveyed subgroups will be included in a monthly series of releases beginning in July. These subgroups include people who are Black/African American, LGBTQ+, Jewish, and/or disabled. Data related to educational topics will also be released.

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Survey content was developed by Causewave Community Partners and Crux Research in consultation with the Levine Center to End Hate. BRX Research assisted in data collection. The survey collected data from a representative sample of nearly one thousand community respondents from a ninecounty Greater Rochester area. All respondents were aged 18 and over. Quotas were maintained by gender, age, and race/ethnicity. Respondents come from a variety of religious backgrounds and a range of educational backgrounds and household incomes. The data seek to be representative of adults living in the Greater Rochester area.