Poll: Virginians split on if MLK's dream realized

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This Aug. 28, 1963, file photo shows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledging the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington. (AP Photo/File)
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  • RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9/AP) - A new poll shows that Virginians are divided on whether the ideals in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech have been realized.

    Forty-five percent in Quinnipiac University's poll say people today are judged mainly on the color of their skin. Forty-four percent say people are judged mainly on the content of their character.

    The poll shows 60 percent of Virginians believe their children will live in a nation where they are judged by mainly on their character. Thirty percent say they'll be judged mainly on skin color.

    Black and white Virginians were divided on whether people are and will be judged on skin color or their character.

    The survey of 1,589 registered voters has a plus-or-minus 2.5 percentage point error margin.

    Here's the question and the breakdown of resonses, courtesy of Quinnipac University:

    38. As you may know, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech at a civil rights march in Washington in 1963. In that speech he said "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character."

    Do you believe you live in a nation where people are mainly judged by the color of their skin or mainly by the content of their character?

     

                         ALL ADULTS.....................

                         Tot    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk

     

    Color of skin        45%    41%    49%    37%    71%

    Content of character 44     49     40     53     19

    DK/NA                11     11     11     10     10

     

                         COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS..............

                         Yes    No     18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

     

    Color of skin        42%    47%    43%    48%    47%    41%

    Content of character 49     42     48     40     43     49

    DK/NA                 9     11      8     12     10     10

     

     

    39. Do you believe your children will live in a nation where people are mainly judged by the color of their skin or mainly by the content of their character?

     

                         ALL ADULTS.....................

                         Tot    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk

     

    Color of skin        30%    29%    31%    23%    54%

    Content of character 60     60     60     66     41

    NO CHILDREN(VOL)      2      2      3      3      1

    DK/NA                 7      9      6      8      4

     

                         COLLEGE DEG   AGE IN YRS..............

                         Yes    No     18-29  30-49  50-64  65+

     

    Color of skin        25%    33%    27%    33%    34%    24%

    Content of character 67     57     65     59     58     62

    NO CHILDREN(VOL)      2      3      2      2      3      3

    DK/NA                 6      8      7      7      6     11

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