Black Americans’ feelings of political empowerment—sparked by Barack Obama’s 2008 election—have faded, particularly among conservatives and born-again Christians.
The study, based on national surveys, finds:
- Electing an African American to the presidency raised black perceptions of political freedom, but only for a fairly short period. By 2011, perceptions of freedom among blacks were at the same level as in 2005.
- 67.7 percent of whites assert that the government would allow them to make a speech in public, whereas only 45.7 percent of African Americans hold this view.
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