Barely more than a third of African Americans see the United States as having realized the vision outlined in Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech — down from nearly two-thirds just before President Obama’s inauguration in 2009. It’s a return to the levels from early 2008, erasing a big uptick — among both blacks and whites — following with the election of the country’s first black president. Fewer than half of African Americans who say the United States hasn’t yet reached King’s goal say it one day will reach it, a new low point in terms of optimism. | Washington Post Poll: Complete data


This Washington Post poll was conducted in two waves, July 28-31 and Aug. 4-7, 2011, among a total random national sample of 1,089 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones. The results from the combined surveys have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, eight percentage points for the sample of 187 African American respondents, four points for the 743 white respondents.Sampling data collection and tabulation by Princeton Survey Research Associates International of Princeton, N.J | The Washington Post August 22, 2011
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