Roughly half of people asked, 49 percent, say racism is still a "big problem" in today's society, according to a new poll.

Meanwhile, one in three say racism in society today is somewhat of a problem, while 9 percent said it is a small problem and just 7 percent said it is not a problem at all. Two percent of those surveyed in a new CNN/Kaiser Family Foundation poll said they don't know or refused to answer.

In 1995, immediately after the O.J. Simpson trial and a few years after the Rodney King case, only 41 percent of Americans described racism as "a big problem." And just 28 percent felt this way in 2011.

About two-thirds of blacks and Hispanics see racism as a big problem, while just 43 percent of whites said the same.

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