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Poll: Nearly 6 in 10 Say Race Relations in America Are ‘Generally Good’

Nearly 50 years after the historic passage of the 1964 Civil Right Act, a survey of Americans on the state of race relations in the United States revealed that most believe they are “generally good.”

The CBS News poll, conducted from March 26 – 30 of 1,017 adults, revealed that 59 percent of respondents believe race relations are good. That result includes 60 percent of white respondents and 55 percent of African-American respondents.

The result is down slightly from April, 2009, when 66 percent of respondents said that race relations were generally good or improving in the wake of President Barack Obama’s election.

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Furthermore, a majority believe that there is still hope of eliminating racial discrimination altogether. While 46 percent of respondents said that racial bias and discrimination will always be a feature of American life, 52 percent said that they believe it is possible to eliminate that phenomenon entirely. In 1992, only 40 percent of those polled said the same.

On this question, however, there is a significant racial disparity. 61 percent of African-Americans polled said that there will always be racial discrimination while only 44 percent of whites agreed.

[Photo via Joshua Roberts / Reuters]

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An experienced broadcaster and columnist, Noah Rothman has been providing political opinion and analysis to a variety of media outlets since 2010. His work has appeared in a number of political opinion journals, and he has shared his insights with television and radio personalities across the country.