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Poll: optimism among blacks on the rise


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- One year after American voters elected their first black president, a new poll finds optimism among African-Americans has surged, while Hispanics have become more skeptical about race relations.

In a Pew Research Center poll, 39 percent of blacks say they are better off now than five years ago. That's compared with 20 percent in 2007.

The poll also found 53 percent of African-Americans believe the future will continue to improve, while only 10 percent say things will get worse. In 2007, 44 percent of blacks looked forward to a better future, and 21 percent expected a decline.

But the poll found that Hispanics are now facing the most discrimination: 23 percent of all respondents said Hispanics are discriminated against "a lot," compared with 18 percent for blacks, 8 percent for whites and 8 percent for Asians.

Hispanics polled were also less optimistic about interracial relations than other groups.

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