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Poll finds blacks, Hispanics more optimistic about economy than whites: Division among races reflects perception that fortunes are reversing

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WASHINGTON — Americans’ attitudes about their economic prospects are sharply divided by race, with whites significantly less likely than blacks or Hispanics to think they can improve their own standard of living. Indeed, optimism among minorities now outpaces that of whites by the widest margin since at least 1987, a new analysis shows.

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