January 15, 2010

African Americans More Upbeat

39%

Nearly twice as many blacks now as in 2007 say that the “situation of black people in this country” is better than it was five years earlier.

Despite the severe economic slump, nearly twice as many blacks now (39%) as in 2007 (20%) say that the “situation of black people in this country” is better than it was five years earlier. The latest Pew Research Center survey of racial attitudes finds that this more positive view is apparent among blacks of all age groups and income levels. Looking ahead, blacks are even more upbeat. More than half (53%) say that life for blacks in the future will be better than it is now, while just 10% say it will be worse. In 2007, 44% said things would be better for blacks in the future, while 21% said they would be worse. Read More