Poll Shows Differing Opinions

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A new Associated Press-Ipsos poll finds that blacks are more likely than whites to harbor doubts about progress toward Martin Luther King Junior's dream of racial equality.

King Day was celebrated Monday across the nation, in honor of the birthday of the slain civil rights leader.

Three-fourths of Americans say there has been significant progress toward equality, but only 66 percent of blacks felt that way.

Racial integration has swept across much of American life, and blacks have gained economic ground since the height of the civil rights movement.

But while census figures show that, on some measures such as annual income, blacks have closed the gap considerably with whites over the past few decades, the progress for blacks may have stalled.

Julian Bond, national chairman of the NAACP, says that great progress has been made over the last 50 years. But Bond says that right now, it's in a holding pattern.

More than 1200 adults, including an oversample of blacks, were interviewed Monday through Thursday for the poll, which has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.


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