Americans have lots of opinions about everything, and the situation surrounding the death of George Floyd and the protests and riots that followed are no different. Some think the riots are necessary to foment change, while others think they take away from the real issue of police brutality.
But Americans aren’t as divided as the media might suggest. A new poll from You.gov found that 78% of all Americans believe the officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck should be charged, and that was before the autopsy report, which showed homicide by asphyxiation, was completed. The numbers change a bit by political party, with 90% of Democrats, 76% of Independents, and 68% of Republicans calling for charges, but all of those numbers are well beyond a majority.
In general, people of color believe the police use too much force, with 80% of Black Americans agreeing, as well as 60% of Asian Americans, and 58% of Hispanic Americans, while 46% of White Americans agreed. The numbers are spread a bit, but they still show a large group of Americans believe the police use too much force.
The poll didn’t ask if people thought stealing Nikes and iPhones and burning private property were effective protesting tools, but it’s likely we’d find widespread agreement on that as well.