43%

July 31, 2020 | Number of The Day
NJ residents who report hearing offensive comments in the workplace

Recent events have put racism on the front page, which makes the results of the fifth annual New Jersey State of Diversity Survey all the more pertinent. Commissioned by Taft Communications and the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and conducted by the Farleigh University Poll, the survey indicates that 43% of New Jerseyans ages 18 to 34 “very often” or “occasionally” heard things at work over the past year that could be considered offensive to racial and ethnic minorities. The results also skew along racial lines: 35% of non-whites said they “very often” or “occasionally” heard things that could be considered offensive to racial and ethnic minorities, compared with 22% of whites.

Each year, participants are surveyed across five categories. Results for all groups are at the highest levels since the Taft poll began in 2016:

  • 28% said they “very often” or “occasionally” heard things that could be considered offensive to racial and ethnic minorities, compared with 16% last year and 19% in 2016;
  • 24% said they “very often” or “occasionally” heard things that could be considered offensive to women, compared with 14% last year and 13% in 2016;
  • 23% said they “very often” or “occasionally” heard things that could be considered offensive to LGBTQ people, compared with 12% last year and 16% in 2016;
  • 23% said they “very often” or “occasionally” heard things that could be considered offensive to Muslims, compared with 10% last year and 19% in 2016;
  • 20% said they “very often” or “occasionally” heard things that could be considered offensive to Jews, compared to 10% last year and 9% in 2016.