Poll: Racism Still Prevalent in U.S.

    A boy listens to US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney address the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) annual convention in Houston on July 11, 2012.  Romney brought his pro-jobs pitch to black voters Wednesday, aiming to poach defectors by arguing US President Barack Obama has left the economy "worse for African-Americans in almost every way." Blacks voted overwhelmingly for Democrat Obama over Republican nominee John McCain in 2008, but with US unemployment above eight percent and a recent spike up to 14.4 percent jobless among blacks, Romney hopes to win over disaffected voters.     AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMM        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Guess what everyone? Racism is still thriving in the U.S., according to an Associated Press poll released on Saturday—and Americans are even more racist now than in 2008, despite electing the country's first black president. Fifty-one percent of Americans now hold racial prejudices against blacks, compared with 48 percent in 2008, the poll finds. In the poll, respondents were asked questions to measure explicit racism, such as what words they used to identified people who are black or Hispanic. In terms of the election, the poll found that President Obama could lose up to 5 percentage points off his share of the popular vote due to racism—although he does stand to gain 3 percentage points based on people voting for him because of his race.

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