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Poll: Americans have more concerns – but some hope – about race relations

Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8:55 am


Americans are expressing concern about race relations in the United States.

Two out of three in the latest Economist/YouGov Poll say race relations are bad today. That’s higher than the percentage who thought that three years ago.

The perception of poor relations between blacks and whites has increased among both white and black Americans, and is sharply different from the judgment both races gave in January 2014, when majorities of both blacks and whites said relations between the races were good. In all Economist/YouGov Polls on the subject taken between 2009 and 2013, Americans were generally positive about race relations.
The trend towards negative feelings about race began later in 2014, with highly publicized police shootings of African-Americans, and the expansion of the Black Lives Matter movement. It has not gotten better.
During the last years of Barack Obama’s presidency, half the public (and a majority of whites) said race relations had gotten worse since his presidency began, and half say the same about the impact of Donald Trump’s first year in office. Last year, white nationalists marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, a march that turned deadly, and exposed a growing racial divide.