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January 19, 2016

New Jerseyans are pretty accustomed to diversity, if you are to believe a new survey by marketing and public relations agency Taft and Partners, together with FDU Public Mind. The survey showed that only 19 percent of residents have heard racial or ethnic slurs occasionally or very often (6 percent), 61 percent said they never heard this type of talk.

The most maligned group, according to the survey, were Muslims; 12 percent said they heard slurs against them occasionally and 7 percent said very often (63 percent said never). They were followed by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (16 percent) and women (13 percent.) Other religious groups were cited 10 percent of the time; Jews, 9 percent; the disabled, 9 percent; and Hindus, 7 percent.

The survey also showed that the workplace was where most people interact with others of different backgrounds. Ninety percent of respondents said their workplace valued diversity, and almost everyone (88 percent) interacted with someone of a different race at least every few days at work.

It was a somewhat different story outside of the workplace; 76 percent said they interacted with someone of a different race at least every few days. But 83 percent (71 percent strongly) said they agreed with the statement “interacting with people of diverse backgrounds while away from work in my social interactions is important to me.”

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