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Poll Suggests That Obama Is Helping Race Relations — Agree?

Although President Obama is reluctant to discuss his personal role in the country's race narrative, Americans do feel differently about race since he took office. A new poll shows that two-thirds of Americans believe that relations among the races are generally good.

The percentage of blacks who have a positive view of race relations has doubled since July, indicating that Barack Obama's presidency has impacted perceptions.

One black woman surveyed explained that Americans seem to be working together. She said: "Before, there was more of a separation, blacks working for black goals and whites for white goals. Obama has helped change the perception of blacks in a positive way, but it’s also the times."

Do you think Obama has helped make people more open to people of different races?


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I think it's help a little bit, but not much and we have a long way to go.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
You know La Seleniata and kty I actually agree. However I believe the sword has cut both ways. It's improved race relations if you're white and you support Obama and worsened it if you're white and you do not support Obama.
kty kty 8 years
i don't think it'd change anything like other said,it made it worse,with people using obama to explain their racist actions with the likes of ''now we have a black prez''thing,somrthing as the color of his skin shouldn't have mattered but unfortunately it does and it's sad.if you don't agree with obama you are racist even if you are black(since i'm a black female who was born in france)i've had people telling me to go back to where i come from because i wasn't agreeing with his policies...really sad
Sofia-Soubrette Sofia-Soubrette 8 years
No, if anything they're worse. People who do not support Obama are immediately called racist. I've seen and heard it, and it's appalling.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I believe that the Presidents non preoccupation with race has helped the country. Unlike the rhetoric of the Reverends Jackson and Sharpton President Obama focused on common issues and human issues which do not divide a people but rather brings them together to work together. As for African Americans feeling less race resentment I think they know full well that they could not put Obama in office by only comprising 13% of the U.S. population so the softening of attitudes can be seen as simple appreciation.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I totally agree with the third comment. You can't change people's everyday interactions. Since Obama was elected, it seems people are pulling out some racial stereotypes and biased issues - then going back and saying it's okay because "now that we have a black president, it's okay to talk about him like that. we're talking about the PERSON!!!" [when they're actually using stereotypes about a group of people and applying them to this one person]. I'm with HoneyBrown, I'm sick of being judged color first. But race is pretty ingrained in our culture, so I don't expect a true eradication of it anytime soon.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
I don't think it's changed at all. In my personal experience it hasn't become worse but it hasn't improved either. I voted for Obama because I thought he would make a great president, not because I thought he would be a great black president. Race wasn't a factor for me.
blasiansecrets blasiansecrets 8 years
I agree. I put the " One man can't change everyday opinions " or whatever. I've noticed a lot more conflicts since Obama came, and I'm not one to pull the "r" word out, but I've seen a lot more of it lately.
lemuse20 lemuse20 8 years
I agree with le romantique, I've noticed that it has gotten a bit worse actually. Before it didn't seem as big of an issue as it does now
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 8 years
No, he hasn't. But, I'm sick of bring judged color first.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Actually, I've noticed it being worse than ever. Basing it on colleagues/acquaintances... it's disgusting me that people are still like that... people need to grow up and stop worrying about stupid things like skin color, it doesn't change who a person is!
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