Most Americans don’t think Obama is black

Alex Pappas Political Reporter
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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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