African-Americans Mark Improvement in Racial Relations
- Three of four (77%) of African-Americans were attending the inauguration for the first time, with seven in ten (70% or more) age 30 or older.
- Nearly two in three (63%) say the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President signals an improvement in race relations, yet nearly a quarter (22%) somewhat agreed and 15% disagreed. Age factored into opinion, however. Among those who strongly agree with the statement, 75% were 65 years of age or older — versus 4% of respondents between the ages of 45-64 who strongly disagreed.
- Nearly half (45%) liken President Obama most to former president John F. Kennedy. Significant percentages see similarities between the President and former presidents: Bill Clinton (20%); Abraham Lincoln (17%); and Lyndon B. Johnson (5%). In terms of age, younger attendees (18-29 years of age) were among those who most often chose Kennedy — with more than half (55%) drawing a comparison between the two presidents.
- Nearly eight in ten (78%) chose the economy as the number-one issue — the majority (83%) dwelling in cities with populations at or beyond 100,000.