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Poll: Americans say they'll honor King holiday

ATLANTA (AP) - A new poll shows Americans are no more convinced than before the nation's first black president was elected that the country is closer to achieving Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of racial equality.

Seventy-seven percent of people interviewed in an AP-GfK poll feel there has been significant progress toward King's dream, about the same as the 75 percent who felt that way in 2006, before President Barack Obama was elected.

The poll also shows that more people plan to celebrate Monday's holiday honoring King - 30 percent, compared to 23 percent who had such plans five years ago.

Three-quarters of those surveyed this year say King's birthday should be a national holiday. The civil rights icon, who would have turned 82 on Saturday, is the only American who wasn't a president honored with a federal holiday.


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