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US: Race in America (Pew 10/28-11/30)


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
(Pew release)

National

Pew:

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.

 

Comments
RaleighNC:

So blacks are judging 0bama on the color of his skin, and not his actions. Great.

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Williame123:

The improvement of outlook by African-Americans is very good for the country. Let's hope it leads to more motivation and better outcomes for them in the future.

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Williame123:

RaleighNC

Were white conservatives who supported Bush through tough times supporting him because he was white? Why didn't Steele win a majority of the black vote in 2006 in Maryland? Isn't he black?

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Stillow:

Williame123:

Uhhhh, so-called "white" conservatives stopped supporting Bush. The only people who stuck with Bush at the end were the establishment republican party loyalists......."white" conservatives as you call it abandoned him years ago.....I was one of them.

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Aaron_in_TX:

Perhaps if we think about this from the perspective of a black person.

If you are black and over 60, you probably remember what it was like to be a 2nd class citizen. The civil rights act didn't make racism just disappear, it took a lot longer than that and the election of Obama was another step forward.

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Stillow:

aaron - I actually agree with you. But there is somewhat a danger for blacks to support obama just because he is black. But the symbolic nature of his presidency is important and would give a sense of pride to the black community. Just as many other important balck leaders should do from general powell to justice thomas.

We can all look fwd to the day when your color does not define who you are, but rather your character and yor ideaology.

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Field Marshal:

"We can all look fwd to the day when your color does not define who you are, but rather your character and your ideology."

The dems are certainly not looking forward to that day. Their entire platform is built on the premise that Reps are racists and are keeping them down and they will be the "helping hand" towards their equality.

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Stillow:

FM - I know....but I would hope one day people look beyond the games the Dems play on race. They make a lot of accusations, when it is they themselves hwho often keep people down and trapped in poverty thru entitlements. But that is how they obtain and maintain power. Theyneed people divided and angry in order to seize power.


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Williame123:

Before there were entitlements there was still poverty. There is much more to racial patterns of voting than just welfare.

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