Poll: Blacks say King's dream realized

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- More than two-thirds of African-Americans believe Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of race relations has been fulfilled, results of a CNN poll indicated.

The CNN-Opinion Research Corp. poll found 69 percent of blacks said King's vision fulfilled since his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech, just about doubling the 34 percent who agreed with that assessment in a similar poll taken last March. The results were released Monday -- Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


The number of whites saying King's dream has been realized rose from 35 percent in March to 46 percent.

"Whites don't feel the same way -- a majority of them say that the country has not yet fulfilled King's vision," CNN polling director Keating Holland said.

In November, a majority of black participants said Obama's victory signaled a new era in race relations, CNN said. Monday's poll suggests that a majority today no longer feels that way, but most blacks predict some improvement on racial issues.

The CNN-Opinion Research Corp. telephone poll conducted Jan. 12-15 surveyed 1,245 adults, including 798 whites and 332 blacks. The survey's margin of error is 3 percentage points for the overall sample and 4.5 percent the segments by race.


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