The poll found something very interesting about how Americans feel about race relations on macro and micro levels. While nearly 80% of whites and Blacks believe that race relations in the United States are either getting worse or staying the same, the vast majority of whites and Blacks believe that race relations in their own communities are generally good.
"The general assumption is that people interact with their neighbors, and this interaction might translate into more positive views of people from other racial and ethnic groups," Kris Marsh, PhD, a sociologist and professor at the University of Maryland, told Refinery29 in a email.
"However, in general, whites and Blacks live in highly racially segregated [neighborhoods] and have limited interactions with those of the opposite race. This lack of interaction could be the undercurrent to this disparity," Dr. Marsh added.