White people are twice as able to afford food as their black and Hispanic peers, poll shows

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A record low number of Americans are struggling to afford food for themselves or their families, a new Gallup poll shows, but that record low isn't quite so low when broken down by race, gender, class, and other factors.

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15.8 percent of adults in the United States said that they had experienced difficulty paying for food in the last year—the lowest percentage since 2008, when Gallup and Healthways first started gathering such data.

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However, while only 12 percent of white people reported struggling to afford food in the last 12 months, 27 percent of black people reported struggling.

Similarly, 23.9 percent of Hispanic respondents said that they had experienced difficulty paying for food—essentially double the rate of their white peers.

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Other groups that disproportionately reported struggling to pay for food in the last year include lower-income people (37.9 percent), women (18.3 percent), separated (37.5 percent) and divorced people (24.1 percent), and single mothers (19.3 percent).

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So, while Americans' ability to afford food might be improving overall, there are many groups within the American umbrella that—much like we saw in Friday's jobs report—aren't seeing as much of that improvement as others.

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