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Most Say MLK’s Dream Still Unfulfilled

Monday, January 18, 2016

Views of Martin Luther King Jr. Day haven’t changed, but even after seven years of having the first black president in office, Americans are more dubious than ever that King’s dream of equal opportunity has been achieved. Blacks are the most skeptical.

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 28% of American Adults believe America has reached the day King preached about in his famous “I Have A Dream” speech when men and women of all races have equal opportunity. That’s down from a high of 35% two years ago at this time. But 61% say the United States has not yet reached a time of equal opportunity, up from a low of 49% in 2012 and surpassing the previous high of 59% in August 2013 on the 50th anniversary of King’s speech. (To see survey question wording, click here).

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on January 14 and 17, 2016 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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