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Virginians Split On Whether Racial Divisions Persist

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With the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington set to be observed this Wednesday, Virginians remain split on whether the U.S. is the country that Martin Luther King, Jr. hoped for in his "I Have a Dream" speech.

According to a poll by Quinnipiac University, 45 percent of Virginians believe that people today are judged by the content of their character, while 44 percent say that they are judged instead by the color of their skin. Opinions split along racial lines: 55 percent of white respondents said people were judged by the content of their character, while 71 percent of blacks said that they are judged by the color of their skin.

Overall, the poll found that 60 percent of Virginians said that their children would live in a world less defined by race, though again race played a role in shaping that answer: 66 percent of whites said they were optimistic, while only 54 percent of blacks said the same.

The survey polled 1,589 Virginia adults with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points.

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