Obama does for race relations what he has done for the economy and foreign policy:
Nearly 2/3 of all voters say that race relations have improved over the last 50 years.
But just one-in-10 say that race relations have improved since President Obama took office in 2008. Blacks are even less convinced than whites and other minority voters that things have gotten better.
In January 2009, just before Obama’s first inauguration, almost half of Americans said his election signaled the start of a new era in race relations. Three-quarters of blacks felt that way.
Those who were in their mid-teens or older at the time of King's speech are less likely to say that relations have improved over the last 50 years.
Women believe more strongly than men that race relations have improved over the last 50 years and since Obama was elected president.