HEMPSTEAD - A News 12 Long Island/Siena College poll shows a big division between whites and African-Americans on how they view race relations in New York State today.

According to the latest results, 60 percent of whites had a positive view toward current race relations, compared to just 36 percent of African-Americans. Of those polled, 63 percent of African-Americas had a negative stance.

Many Long Islanders say they used to see local segregation, but that it has greatly improved. Most were also in agreement that today Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message still resonates with hope.