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  • Seventy-two percent of Americans agreed racism is a serious problem in the U.S.
  • The survey found 89 percent of Americans think police violence is a problem with 65 percent considering it serious.
  • While 80 percent of young Americans consider racism to be a problem, 68 percent of those between ages 35 and 54 and 69 percent of people age 55 and older agreed.

A new poll shows about 90 percent of Americans believe police violence and racism are problems in the United States following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police in May. 

The Guardian/Opinium Research poll released Wednesday found 91 percent of Americans consider racism to be a problem in the U.S., with 72 percent agreeing it is a serious problem. The survey found 89 percent of Americans think police violence is a problem, with 65 percent considering it serious. 


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While 80 percent of young Americans consider racism to be a problem, 68 percent of those between ages 35 and 54, and 69 percent of people age 55 and older, agreed. 


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The police killing of George Floyd sparked massive protests across the world and re-energized the Black Lives Matter movement, kicking off a racial reckoning in the U.S. that brought the issues of racial injustice and inequality to the center of the national debate. 

The movement has largely been met with criticism from President Trump, whose actions and rhetoric have seemed to exacerbate racial tensions across the country rather than reduce them. 

He has denounced the activists, calling them part of the radical left, Marxists, anarchists and looters. 

The Trump administration was hit with widespread criticism after federal law enforcement used chemical agents to forcibly clear largely peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square last month, just before Trump staged a photo opportunity at St. John’s Church just outside the White House. 

The survey found 47 percent of Americans disapprove of the president’s response to the protests, while 31 percent approve. Among Democrats, 75 percent disapprove while 12 percent approve. Meanwhile, 70 percent of those who voted for Trump in 2016 approve of his response while 14 percent disapprove. 

Regarding law enforcement, the poll found 76 percent of people believe most cops are good people but there are a few “bad apples,” while 13 percent said most police officers are bad people with some good ones. 

According to the poll, 24 percent of Americans say they agree with the “defund the police” movement, while 58 percent disagree. 

The survey of 2,000 U.S. adults was conducted between June 19 and June 24.


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Published on Jul 08, 2020