Poll: Most Americans see lingering racism -- in others

December 12, 2006
Most Americans, white and black, see racism as a lingering problem in the United States, and many say they know people who are racist, according to a new poll.
     But few Americans of either race -- about one out of eight -- consider themselves racist.
     And experts say racism has evolved from the days of Jim Crow to the point that people may not even recognize it in themselves.
     A poll conducted last week by Opinion Research Corp. for CNN indicates that whites and blacks disagree on how serious a problem racial bias is in the United States.
     Almost half of black respondents -- 49 percent -- said racism is a "very serious" problem, while 18 percent of whites shared that view. Forty-eight percent of whites and 35 percent of blacks chose the description "somewhat serious."