*Via LA Times) – A half-century after the Watts riots laid bare deep racial divisions in Los Angeles, nearly two-thirds of California voters say race relations in the state are better than elsewhere in America even as they acknowledge persistent tensions, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll.
Most voters think race relations in California are stable or improving, and less than a quarter believe they are getting worse, the survey found. Younger voters are more optimistic than older voters about the future.
Yet after a string of fatal police shootings of black men in South Carolina, Missouri and other states, the poll found 43% of California voters think police generally are tougher on blacks than on any other group, up from 33% in September.
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