Most Americans pessimistic about race relations: poll

Police join hands during the singing of 'The Battle Hymn of the Republic', at an interfaith memorial service for the victims of the Dallas police shooting, on July 12, 2016The Washington Post/ABC News poll released Saturday was taken shortly after the mass shooting of white police officers by a black sniper that followed two high-profile shooting deaths of black men at the hands of police. Out of 1,003 adults surveyed, 83 percent said the next president, who will be chosen by voters in November, should place an “especially major” focus on achieving better race relations, with nearly half of respondents saying it’s an “extremely” important issue. Only 12 percent said they don’t want the next president to place major emphasis on the issue.

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