Most Americans don’t think Obama is black

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

President Obama is the first African-American president of the United States, but a majority of Americans still don’t think he is black.

A new Pew Research Center study reports that 52 percent of people say Obama is “mixed race” while 27 percent say he’s “black.” The findings were first pointed out Monday by Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post.

Obama, whose mother was white and whose father was black, self-identifies as black. Filling out census forms in 2010, Obama checked the box identifying himself as “black.”

Sixty-one percent of Hispanics, according to the data, and 53 percent of whites think Obama is “mixed race.”

But when it comes to surveying just African-Americans, 55 percent think Obama is “black.”

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