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Jun14C2- Civil Rights

Jun14C2- Civil Rights

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Published by: CBS_News on Jul 01, 2014
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CBS NEWS POLL For release: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 6:30 pm ET The 1964 Civil Rights Act: 50 Years Later
June 18-22, 2014 Fifty years after the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, majorities of blacks and whites think real progress has been made in getting rid of racial discrimination, but most say at least some discrimination still exists today. African Americans are more likely than whites to see discrimination as widespread. More than three in four Americans, including most whites and blacks, think the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act was a very important event in U.S. history; another 19% call it somewhat important. Just 5% do not consider it an important event.
Historical Importance of 1964 Civil Rights Act
Total Whites Blacks Very 76% 77% 73% Somewhat 19 18 23 Not very/not at all 5 5 1 Nearly eight in 10 Americans think there’s been real progress since the 1960s in getting rid of racial discrimination; just 19% say there hasn’t been much progress. The percentage that says progress has been made has remained fairly consistent in recent years, but it has increased nearly 30 points since 1992.
Real Progress in Getting Rid of Racial Discrimination?
Now 3/2014 8/2013 7/2008 2/2000 6/1997 12/1996 5/1992 Yes 78% 79% 73% 76% 71% 61% 56% 50% No 19 20 20 20 26 34 39 46 Views on progress differ by race, however. Whites (82%) are more likely than African Americans (59%) to think real progress has been made. More than a third of African Americans say there hasn’t been real progress.
Real Progress in Getting Rid of Racial Discrimination?
Total Whites Blacks Yes 78% 82% 59% No 19 16 38 But few - just 5% - think all of the goals of Martin Luther King and the 1960s civil rights movement have been achieved. 38% think most of these goals have been met, but 52% (including 63% of blacks) think only some of the goals of the civil rights movement have been achieved.
How Many Goals of MLK and the Civil Rights Movement Have Been Achieved?
Total Whites Blacks All 5% 4% 3% Most 38 39 29 Only some 52 52 63 Almost none 2 2 3 Moreover, most Americans say discrimination against blacks exists today, and blacks are far more likely than whites to think it is pervasive. 41% of blacks say there is a lot of discrimination against African Americans today, compared to just 14% of whites who say that.
How Much Discrimination is there Against African Americans Today?
Total Whites Blacks A lot 17% 14% 41% Some 49 51 47 Only a little 27 28 9 None at all 5 5 1 Fifty years after the signing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, most whites (63%) think both blacks and whites have an equal chance to get ahead in today’s society, but fewer African Americans – 46% - share that view. Blacks are more likely than whites to say white Americans have a better chance to get ahead in today’s society than black Americans.
Who Has a Better Chance of Getting Ahead Today?
Total Whites Blacks White people 30% 28% 46% Black people 5 5 4 Equal 61 63 46
 ____________________________________________________________________________________ This poll was conducted by telephone June 18-22, 2014 among 1,009 adults nationwide. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones. The error due to sampling for results based on the entire sample could be plus or minus three percentage points. The error for subgroups may be higher. Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish. This poll release conforms to the Standards of Disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.
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