Just how does America feel about the death of George Floyd, the protests that resulted from it, and the police response to the riots that followed in their wake? Surprisingly nuanced, if today’s poll from the Washington Post gives an accurate indication.
In the six years since a series of deaths of black men at the hands of police, a supermajority of Americans now see Floyd’s homicide as indicative of a endemic issue in policing rather than an isolated issue. And an even larger percentage want changes in policing to deal with equality issues when policing black communities. On the other hand, a wide plurality of Americans think police got too soft on rioters, and a bare majority believe they have handled the lawful protests properly.
The Post starts off with a discussion of Donald Trump’s approval rating on handling the protests (35/61), and then move into partisan demos on the protests themselves: