Poll: Division on Imus With a Vast Racial Gap

There also, however, have been positive trends. In 2005, three-quarters of whites and more than eight in 10 blacks reported having a friend of the other race (both up sharply from 1981); seven in 10 adults reported living in racially mixed communities; and just over half of Americans (48 percent of whites, 63 percent of blacks) said they'd had a friend of the other race to dinner, compared with 20 percent in 1973.

METHODOLOGY -- This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone April 12-15, 2007, among a random national sample of 1,141 adults, including an oversample of African-Americans for a total of 206 black respondents. The results have a three-point error margin for the full sample, seven points for blacks. Sampling, data collection and tabulation by TNS of Horsham, Pa.

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