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52 percent of black U.S. citizens unhappy with societal treatment

July 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM

WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- In the United States, 52 percent of black citizens say they are dissatisfied with the way black people are treated in their country, a Gallup poll found.

The responses of African-Americans to the poll, conducted June 13 through July 5, was contrasted by the 67 percent of white and 61 percent of Hispanic respondents, who said they were largely satisfied with how they believe blacks are treated in the United States, Gallup reported.

Although black respondents tilted toward negative, their views were significantly better than findings from Gallup between 2001 and 2008, when George W. Bush was president. In 2007, 68 percent of black respondents said they were dissatisfied with how black people were treated in the United States.

Gallup said black respondents' attitudes about how society treats black citizens was related to their own personal experiences with racial discrimination. Seventy-five percent of blacks who said they had been treated unfairly at work because of their skin color said they were dissatisfied with blacks' treatment by society, while 51 percent who said they did not face discrimination at work said they were satisfied with how blacks are treated in the United States.

Gallup interviewed 4,373 respondents from across the United States. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus two percentage points.

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