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As the crisis mounted in this country, Asian Americans have reported being threatened, yelled at, spat on and attacked.

(The survey did not specify whether “Asians” referred to people in Asian countries or to Asian Americans — although given that this set of questions also asked about African Americans and Latinos, it is possible participants thought primarily of Asian Americans.).

(About 13 percent of Americans express unfavorable views of African Americans and Latinos, according to the Nationscape data.)

Unfavorable views of Asian people appear also to correlate with individuals’ concern about the coronavirus, at least among Republicans.

ADADAt the same time, when Asian Americans are already reporting incidents of abuse and the FBI is warning of a potential surge in hate crimes against Asian communities, we should take these trends seriously.

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