Things have been busy for the last week or two and will be for about another week, but I don't want to disappoint my legions of loyal readers. CBS News has sometimes asked "In general, who do you think has a better chance of getting ahead in today's society--white people, black people, or do white people and black people have about an equal chance of getting ahead?" The percent saying black people has been consistently low, about 5%, with no clear changes. The figure shows the percent saying that white people have a better chance of getting ahead:
More educated people are more likely to say that whites have a better chance. For example, in October 2008, 19% of people without a high school diploma and 38% of people with a college degree said that whites had a better chance. Age (or generation), however, didn't make any clear difference.
[Data from the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research]