A recent survey of 1,027 adults showed for the first time since 1997 that a majority of both whites (62 percent) and blacks (65 percent) say race relations are bad, CBS reported. In February, just 35 percent of whites held that view.
Historically, blacks have had a more negative view of race relations than whites — but whites are now similarly pessimistic. Majorities of men, women and Americans of all age groups now say race relations are bad.
In addition, fewer than 1 in 5 Americans thinks race relations are improving in the U.S. Most either think they are getting worse (44 percent) or staying about the same (37 percent).