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NY Voters Have Negative Perception of Race Relations, says Siena Research Institute

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On a day that celebrates Dr. King's message of peace, unfortunately the feeling among New Yorkers about the state of race relations is more negative now than it has been in recent years...

According to a Siena Research Institute Poll, 31 percent of New Yorkers think race relations in the state are excellent or good, compared to 66 percent who say relations are fair or poor, which is down from last year's Martin Luther King Day--when 47 percent voted race relations are excellent or good and 51 percent said fair or poor.

According to the poll, while voters say that race relations have worsened, 81 percent of New Yorkers have a favorable view of their local police department. Officials say that events over the past couple of months--in particular the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner--have had a large impact on New Yorkers' perception of race relations.

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