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Published 5 August 2015
Opinion

The poll was released amid the growing Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S, that was sparked by the police killings of several Black citizens.

United States citizens are increasingly unsatisfied with how Black people are treated in the country, according to a new gallup poll released Tuesday.

The poll was released amid the growing Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S., which was sparked last year after several Black citizens were killed by white police officers, or died while in police custody.

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According to the poll results, only 49 percent of the country's adults are satisfied with the way the U.S. treats its Black population, down from 62 percent in 2013.

This discontent also spread into the treatment of Arab people in the U.S, where 49 percent of people reported being satisfied with how the Arab population in the country is treated, down from 51 percent in 2013. Survey participants also said they were unhappy with the treatment of immigrants in the country in general, with only 44 percent saying things were okay, down from 46 percent two years ago.

But the greatest drop in satisfaction was with the treatment of Black people in the country. The high profile deaths of Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, and Sandra Bland among others were likely to impact this drop in satisfaction as they highlighted the ingrained racism in the U.S. policing system.

When broken down by racial group, only 33 percent of the Black people surveyed reported being satisfied with how they are treated in the U.S, while 44 percent of Latinos said they were satisfied with how Black people are treated in the country.

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White people had only a slightly more optimistic perception, with 53 percent saying they are content with the how Black people are treated.

The results are based on Gallup's 2015 Minority Rights and Relations poll, conducted between June 15 and July 10. They surveyed 2,000 adults across the country of varying racial categories, including 800 white people, 800 Black people, and 500 Latinos.

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