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Most Americans: ‘Racism is a Serious Issue’

Here’s one of those polls that may be obvious to many.

Most Americans believe that racism is a “serious issue” in the country.

At least according to a recent NBC News/Survey Monkey poll conducted last week. Researchers found that 52 percent of Americans believe racism against Black people is an “extremely” or “very” serious problem. Twenty-five percent of those surveyed described racism in the country as a “somewhat” serious problem.

The poll’s timing comes during a time of intense unrest in the country, with much of America’s Black population and its allies grieving over the recent police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile — two African American men killed at the hands of police.

The poll was conducted from July 4 – July 11. Survey questions specifically tied to last week’s shootings were asked Friday through Sunday.

The poll is the latest to highlight building racial tension in response to police-related deaths that seem to primarily target Black men and women.

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