Emily Swanson | January 12, 2010
Pew Research Center
10/28-11/30/10; 2884 adults, 3% margin of error
812 non-Hispanic blacks, 4.5% margin of error
376 Hispanics, 7.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
Despite the bad economy, blacks' assessments about the state of black progress in America have improved more dramatically during the past two years than at any time in the past quarter century, according to a comprehensive new nationwide Pew Research Center survey on race.
Barack Obama's election as the nation's first black president appears to be the spur for this sharp rise in optimism among African Americans. It may also be reflected in an upbeat set of black views on a range of other matters, including race relations, local community satisfaction and expectations for future black progress.
In each of these realms, the perceptions of blacks have changed for the better over the past two years, despite a deep recession and jobless recovery that have hit blacks especially hard.