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64% Think It’s Possible For Americans to Have Honest Discussion About Race

Monday, July 08, 2013

Race relations in the United States have been increasingly present in the news cycle lately with recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and the trial of George Zimmerman, but most think Americans of different races can have a healthy dialogue on racially-charged issues.  Americans also agree overwhelmingly that charges of racism don't apply just to whites.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 64% of American Adults believe it is possible for people of different races in America to have an honest and open discussion about race issues. Twenty percent (20%) say this type of discussion is not possible. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Adults was conducted on July 1-2, 2013 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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