Blacks are evenly divided on the question whether the gap in the standard of living between whites and blacks in America has gotten wider in the past decade — 43% say the black-white gap has grown wider; 41% say it has gotten narrower. By contrast, three times more whites (61%) say the black-white gap has narrowed than say it has widened (19%). Black perceptions on this issue are more in line with the facts. Figures from the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey show that over the course of the past 30 years, the gap between black median household income and white median household income has narrowed only slightly and, in recent years, has expanded somewhat.

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