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Poll: Virginians split on if MLK's dream realized

Monday - 8/26/2013, 7:40am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A new poll shows that Virginians are divided on whether the ideals in the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech have been realized.

Forty-five percent in Quinnipiac University's poll say people today are judged mainly on the color of their skin. Forty-four percent say people are judged mainly on the content of their character.

The poll shows 60 percent of Virginians believe their children will live in a nation where they are judged by mainly on their character. Thirty percent say they'll be judged mainly on skin color.

Black and white Virginians were divided on whether people are and will be judged on skin color or their character.

The survey of 1,589 Virginia adults has a plus-or-minus 2.5 percentage point error margin.

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