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Race has been an issue in America since we can remember and now a poll by the Associated Press shows not much has imporved since President Obama, the first black president has been elected and a majority may have prejudice feelings that they do not recognize.

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The Associate Press reports:

“The AP surveys were conducted with researchers from Stanford University, the University of Michigan and NORC at the University of Chicago.

Obama himself has tread cautiously on the subject of race, but many African-Americans have talked openly about perceived antagonism toward them since Obama took office. As evidence, they point to events involving police brutality or cite bumper stickers, cartoons and protest posters that mock the president as a lion or a monkey, or lynch him in effigy.

“Overall, the survey found that by virtue of racial prejudice, Obama could lose 5 percentage points off his share of the popular vote in his Nov. 6 contest against Republican challenger Mitt Romney. However, Obama also stands to benefit from a 3 percentage point gain due to pro-black sentiment, researchers said. Overall, that means an estimated net loss of 2 percentage points due to anti-black attitudes.

The results appear to not have a large difference by political party either. The site states:

“The poll finds that racial prejudice is not limited to one group of partisans. Although Republicans were more likely than Democrats to express racial prejudice in the questions measuring explicit racism (79% among Republicans compared with 32% among Democrats), the implicit test found little difference between the two parties. That test showed a majority of both Democrats and Republicans held anti-black feelings (55% of Democrats and 64% of Republicans), as did about half of political independents (49%)

This is said to be similar to what the survey found in 2008. Hopefully this does not damage the president’s chances of re-election.

SOURCE: Free P