30% in US Admit to Being Racist

Most hold negative view of race relations, but 90% of whites welcome black prez
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 22, 2008 10:50 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at the United States Conference of Mayors in Miami Saturday, June 21, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Three in 10 Americans admit to being racist, and more than half say US race relations are bad—but that's better than ratings in the 1990s. White and black views diverge more today, with 6 in 10 blacks calling race relations not good, and 53% of whites saying they're positive, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

At the same time, a poll last month found that 90% of whites are open to a black president. In fact, whites are even more prejudiced against John McCain's age than Barack Obama's race, by a 2-to-1 margin. Still, Obama has work to do: More than 50% of whites call him a "risky" choice for president.