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NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- In conjunction with its Characters Unite public campaign to combat prejudice and discrimination, USA Network today released the results from its 2nd annual nationally representative opinion poll – "United or Divided" -- conducted by Hart Research Associates (D) and Public Opinion Strategies (R). In just one year since the inaugural survey, there's been a significant increase in the percentage of Americans who think the country is too divided along racial and ethnic and political lines, as well as an increase in those who see the existing amount of intolerance, prejudice and discrimination as a serious problem. More than six in ten polled now say that the nation's lack of unity has changed for the worse over the last decade. A little less than half the country (45%) believes that the economic recession has made people less tolerant and accepting.
"Ironically, it seems like the one thing most Americans agree on is that we're seriously divided," said Bonnie Hammer, president, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios. "Acknowledging the problem is an important first step, but to avoid the consequences we've got to get out of our comfort zones and reach across the divide with understanding and respect."......