Race relations

Increased respect between ethnic groups

According to a Gallup Poll conducted this summer, a majority of Americans view the relations between various racial and/or ethnic groups in the U.S. population as generally positive. The relationship between whites and Asians is viewed so by 87 percent of those asked, while black and Hispanic relations were seen in a positive light by a substantially fewer 60 percent of those surveyed. Gallup notes that the survey was completed days before George Zimmerman, a white/Hispanic man, was found not guilty in the shooting death of black teen Trayvon Martin. The positive views of white-Asian relations are the highest they’ve been since the survey was first conducted in 2001; views of white-black, white-Hispanic and black-Hispanic are the most positive since 2004.