NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller sits down for his weekly conversation with Gallup’s Frank Newport to talk about trends in U.S. opinion.
President Barack Obama said in Dallas last Tuesday that the recent violence makes Americans wonder “if the divides of race in America can ever be bridged,” but he urged them to “reject such despair.”
Seemingly in agreement, Americans retain a perhaps surprisingly optimistic view of race relations — in data collected for three years straight.
That doesn’t mean, however, that Americans aren’t negative about the current situation. The percentage who rate race relations as good dropped last year, and an update shows that positive views are still well below where they have been.
Plus, long term trend data show that whites and blacks have consistently different views of the police, and the criminal justice system. Whites and blacks essentially see two different worlds.
How many blacks report having had a negative encounter with police in the last month? The current number is 16 percent, about where it has been.