June 25th, 2009
08:48 AM ET
5 years ago

Blacks in survey say race relations no better with Obama

 Obama's crowd in Chicago on Election Night, when fewer blacks thought race relations were a serious problem.
Obama's crowd in Chicago on Election Night, when fewer blacks thought race relations were a serious problem.

(CNN) – African-Americans really like President Obama, but more and more feel that race relations have not gotten better since he took office, a new national poll found.

Ninety-six percent of African-Americans approve of how Obama is handling his presidency, according to a CNN/Essence Magazine/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Thursday.

During the 2008 election, 38 percent of blacks surveyed thought racial discrimination was a serious problem. In the new survey, 55 percent of blacks surveyed believed it was a serious problem, which is about the same level as it was in 2000.

The poll was conducted May 16-18, in telephone interviews with 505 African-Americans and 501 whites.

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  1. AUSTIN

    Race relations will not occur as a result of one human being. Each one of us must change our way of thinking and how we live our lives. You cannot expect Obama to change every aspect of your life. I think he is doing an outstanding job and is an excellent role model. Take note.

    June 25, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  2. Biff

    the survey is right... but misleading. the racial discrimination isn't against black people anymore. Its against old white men. thats documented in several comments on previous ticker items here.

    June 25, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Longhorn#1

    What did you expect? IT WILL NOT CHANGE UNTIL YOU CHANGE. YOU'RE THE ONES CARRYING CHIPS ON YOUR SHOULDERS. GET OVER IT. SLAVERY ENDED OVER 160 YEARS AG0.

    June 25, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. markus

    and I've found more and more whites seem to feel that, now that we have a black President, racial problems are solved and should be swept under the rug, as evidenced by the Supreme Courts shocking disregard toward the Voting Rights Act last week...

    June 25, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Jason

    Come on CNN, really? You're surprised after report after report of new gun owners and hate groups since President Obama took office? Of course things are better than say 1958 but still there are those who simply do not like African Americans. Also, you have to remember, just because someone voted for Barack Obama does not necessarily mean they want him living next door to them.

    June 25, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Dee, 1 Vote

    CCN/ESSENSE MAG, I'm Blk, Man, and 50 yrs. 1. 6 mos is not means noting. 2. President "O", is not Black or White, he is the Leader and Chief of America. 3. If you voted for Obama because he's Black, you was wrong! 4. Vote: You get 1 vote, not a toy!

    June 25, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
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