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Poll finds race relations are 'the same' or 'worse' under Obama

A new Politico poll has found that most Americans believe that race relations in America are either "the same" or "worse" under Barack Obama's presidency.

The poll surveyed 917 "likely voters in competitive House and Senate races" online from Aug. 29 to Sept. 7, and only six percent of those surveyed felt that race relations in the U.S. have improved since Obama became president. Meanwhile, 46 percent of those polled believe race relations have "gotten worse" since Obama was elected in 2009. Forty-eight percent of those polled believe American race relations have "stayed about the same" under Obama.

The results were similar across various races, too. Forty-nine percent of white voters, 38 percent of African-American voters, and 30 percent of Hispanic voters said that race relations are worse under Obama. Only four percent of whites say race relations are better, as do 13 percent of African-Americans and 14 percent of Hispanics.