Mini Poll: Race Relations 50 Years After the March on Washington


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gave his 'I Have a Dream Speech' at a civil rights march in Washington 50 years ago. Overall, how much progress toward Dr. King's dream of racial equality do you think the U.S. has made over the last 50 years?

A lot:
 45%
Some:
 46%
Only a little:
 8%
None at all:
 1%

Young
Respondents

A lot:
 42%
Some:
 39%
Only a little:
 15%
None at all:
 3%

Middling
Respondents

A lot:
 39%
Some:
 53%
Only a little:
 6%
None at all:
 2%

Senior
Respondents

A lot:
 49%
Some:
 42%
Only a little:
 8%
None at all:
 1%

In general, do you think race relations in the United States are good or bad?

Very good:
 3%
Fairly good:
 59%
Fairly bad:
 33%
Very bad:
 5%

Young
Respondents

Very good:
 6%
Fairly good:
 48%
Fairly bad:
 39%
Very bad:
 6%

Middling
Respondents

Very good:
 3%
Fairly good:
 55%
Fairly bad:
 33%
Very bad:
 9%

Senior
Respondents

Very good:
 3%
Fairly good:
 64%
Fairly bad:
 31%
Very bad:
 3%

Do you think race relations in St. Louis are generally good or generally bad?

Good:
 38%
Bad:
 62%

Young
Respondents

Good:
 18%
Bad:
 82%

Middling
Respondents

Good:
 31%
Bad:
 69%

Senior
Respondents

Good:
 47%
Bad:
 53%

Do you think race relations in your own neighborhood are generally good or generally bad?

Good:
 81%
Bad:
 19%

Young
Respondents

Good:
 58%
Bad:
 42%

Middling
Respondents

Good:
 78%
Bad:
 22%

Senior
Respondents

Good:
 88%
Bad:
 12%

How much discrimination do you think there is against African Americans in our society today?

A lot:
 27%
Some:
 53%
Only a little:
 18%
None:
 2%

Young
Respondents

A lot:
 36%
Some:
 42%
Only a little:
 18%
None:
 3%

Middling
Respondents

A lot:
 30%
Some:
 45%
Only a little:
 22%
None:
 3%

Senior
Respondents

A lot:
 23%
Some:
 60%
Only a little:
 15%
None:
 2%

Was there ever a specific instance when you felt discriminated against because of your race?

Yes:
 44%
No:
 56%

Young
Respondents

Yes:
 39%
No:
 61%

Middling
Respondents

Yes:
 51%
No:
 49%

Senior
Respondents

Yes:
 40%
No:
 60%

Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.