Poll Finds Racial Divisions On Obama's Candidacy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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According to the latest New York Times-CBS News poll, majorities of both whites and blacks agree the country is ready for a black president.

But the consensus seems to end there.

The perceptions of Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain break along racial lines. The survey found that more than 80 percent of blacks said they had a favorable opinion of Obama, but among whites, only about 30 percent said they viewed him favorably

On the issue of race relations, the survey found whites had a more positive view than blacks. More than half of whites, 55 percent, said relations are good, a finding virtually unchanged from a survey conducted in 2000. But only 29 percent of blacks said the same thing, also about the same as eight years ago.

Nearly half of black respondents said they think race relations will improve if Obama is elected. Fewer than one-third of whites felt that way.

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