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Poll: One-third of New Yorkers have a positive view on race relations in New York

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Posted at 7:51 AM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 07:51:19-05

LYNDONVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — A new poll shows that only one-third of New Yorkers have a positive view on race relations in the state.

According to a Siena College poll, 28 percent of responders say race relations in New York state are "good," while only 5 percent said New York has "excellent," race relations.

This a two percent decrease from last year's poll indicating 35 percent of New Yorkers having a positive view on the state's race relations.

“New Yorkers’ views on race relations today are nearly as negative as they have ever been over the last dozen years. Since 2008, only 2015 saw New Yorkers more negative about race relations in the state,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “Interestingly, these negative views on the state of race relations in our state are across the board. At least 60 percent of whites, blacks, Latinos, upstaters and downstaters, liberals, moderates and conservatives all view race relations negatively."

In addition, nearly three-quarters of voters (73 percent) say racial ethnic minorities who live in New York experience discrimination, which is up from 68 percent last year.