Poll: 54% support Floyd protests

Fifty-four percent of U.S. adults surveyed in a new Morning Consult poll conducted Sunday and Monday said they support the ongoing protests in response to the death of Floyd and other black Americans. That includes 69 percent of Democrats and 49 percent of independents, who favored the protests by a more than 2-to-1 margin. Republicans were split over the demonstrations, with 39 percent in support and 38 percent opposing them.

Black Americans were significantly more likely to voice support for the protests than white Americans, whose responses fell along partisan lines: Sixty-six percent of white Democrats backed the protest, but only 38 percent of white Republicans agreed…

On the first measure, 52 percent of U.S. adults said they believe police violence against the public is a “very serious” problem in the country, up 6 points from a July 2016 poll. And asked to choose which was a more serious problem in the United States today — police violence against the public or violence against the police — Americans chose the former by a 25-point margin.