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Race relations at lowest point in Obama presidency: Poll

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  16 July 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Washington, July 15: At least six in 10 Americans say race relations are growing worse, up from 38 per cent a year ago while hitting its highest point in the Obama presidency, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll published on Thursday. Race relations deemed bleak by most in the US, a New York Times report lamented, noting that the proportion of Americans who believe race relations are generally good has declined over all since 2009 and at the same level as after the riots touched off by the 1992 acquittal of Los Angeles police officers charged in the Rodney King’s beating case. Despite Obama’s Tuesday remarks that the races in the US are “not as divided as we seem”, the poll shows that black and white Americans hold starkly different views on race, particularly regarding the treatment of African-Americans by the police, according to Xinhua. More than two-fifths of black people say the police in their communities make them feel more anxious than safe. By wide margins, whites and Hispanics say the police make them feel safer, the poll shows. (IANS)

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