Monday, January 18, 2010

On MLK Day: Obama Fails on Race Relations

Fewer Think Obama Advanced Race Relations

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Fewer Americans now say they think President Obama has advanced race relations than a year ago, a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Monday indicates.

In poll, about four in 10 people said they thought Obama, as the first black president, advanced race relations, compared to last year's poll in which nearly six in 10 people said they thought Obama would improve racial ties.

The falloff was notable among African Americans, pollsters said. In January 2009, about 75 percent of blacks said they expected Obama's presidency to help race relations. In the latest poll, 51 percent of African Americans say he has helped.

Three in 10 African Americans said Obama's election didn't represent broader change, the Post said. About two-thirds of respondents said they Obama's election was indicative of progress for all blacks in the United States, unchanged from last year, the Post said. About half say his time in office hadn't made much difference in race relations, while one in eight respondents said it hurt. [More]

One more check mark on Obama's "fail" column.

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