The World Value Survey has published data on the social attitudes of people in different countries, basically trying to pinpoint the most racially tolerant or racially intolerant countries in the world.

A country being racially tolerant implies that they are accepting of other cultures that are not similar to theirs. The survey found Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Uganda to be part of the most racially tolerant countries.

Surprisingly (for some people at least) though, it also found Britain and the United States to be among that group of racially tolerant countries.


The global study actually showed that the most racially intolerant populations are all in the developing world, with Jordan and India in the top five.

On the other hand, the study which encompassed 80 countries in over three decades found that Western countries were most accepting of other cultures with Britain, the U.S., Canada and Australia more tolerant than anywhere else.

In compiling the data, the survey had asked individuals what types of people they would refuse to live next to, and counted how many chose the option ‘people of a diἼerent race’ as a percentage for each country.

With the results, the researchers have suggested that societies where more people do not want neighbors from other races can be considered less racially tolerant.

In Jordan which was fingered by the study as the most racially intolerant country, 51.4 per cent of the population would refuse to live next to someone of a different race. Those same racist views were mostly missing in the U.S, according to the survey, only 3.8 per cent of residents are reluctant to have a neighbor of another race.


There are of course some stand out problems in the survey which could easily reduce the impact of the results such as; the length of time the poll spanned which would make the results unable to really give a picture of current attitudes.

There is also the fact that education and media could easily sensitize the Western nations to keep their actual racial preferences covered, and therefore lie on the surveys, something that Indians may not be so inclined to do.

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Those are the surprising results from this particular survey.

Source: Answers Africa