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Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Trayvon Martin case amplifies black-white opinion divide

The spreading controversy over the shooting death of Trayvon Martin spotlights some of the vast differences in how African Americans and whites perceive the issue of race -- and how they sense it affects their own lives -- revealed in a fall survey by the Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

In the poll, half of African Americans called racism "a big problem" in the country. That was more than double the proportion of whites saying so. Blacks were also far more apt than whites to see the country's economic system as stacked against them, and much more worried about being victims of discrimination.

The perception gap hits home, with African Americans more likely than whites to sense that they're being overlooked, getting poorer service, being treated with less respect or being viewed as less intelligent than other people.

Use the chart below to see how black men and women and white men and women answered a set of four questions about their daily lives. You can also filter the results by age group. No results are displayed when there are fewer than 100 respondents in a category.

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