New poll on race relations posts interesting results

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A new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows that while some Americans see race relations deteriorating, others say it’s about the same as it’s always been.

The poll was taken online March 28 to April 3 and gathered responses from 1,268 Democrats and 1,008 Republicans across all 50 states.

Respondents were asked a series of questions and to rate their concern about racism and bigotry in America on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “no threat” and 5 meaning “imminent threat.”

The poll found 46 percent of Democrats reported racism and bigotry pose an imminent threat, up from 35 percent in 2015. For Republicans, 27 percent gave an imminent threat rating compared to 24 percent in 2015.

The poll also showed that while one in four Americans surveyed in the Reuters-Ipsos poll said “people in my community get along worse than before,” a majority said they had not noticed much change.

While Trump critics blame the president for what they see as a rise in racial tension, Trump has made public efforts to close the divide. In November, after his election, he called on perpetrators of racial acts to “stop it” in one interview.

As president, Trump has also condemned anti-Semitism numerous times and invited the Congressional Black Caucus and heads of historically black colleges to the White House.

The poll has a measure of accuracy of 2 percentage points for the entire group, 3 points for Democrats and 4 points for Republicans.

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