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Poll: Black optimism rises; Hispanics wary on race

WASHINGTON. - One year after the election of President Barack Obama, a poll finds black optimism about America has surged, while Hispanics have become more skeptical about race relations.
     
In the Pew Research Center poll, 39 percent of blacks who were surveyed say African-Americans are better off now than five years ago. In 2007, just 20 percent of blacks felt that way.
     
Of African-Americans polled, 53 percent say the future will be better for blacks, and 10 percent say it will be worse.

Three years ago, 44 percent of blacks said the future would be better, and 21 percent said it would be worse.
     
The poll found that Hispanics, not blacks, are now seen as the ethnic group facing the most discrimination. Twenty-three percent of all respondents said Hispanics are discriminated against "a lot," compared with 18 percent for blacks, 10 percent for whites and 8 percent for Asians.
     
Hispanics were also less optimistic than other groups about interracial relations.

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