June 17, 2020 - 68% Say Discrimination Against Black Americans A "Serious Problem," Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Slight Majority Support Removing Confederate Statues Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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With the United States at a moment of racial reckoning, voters say 68 - 27 percent that discrimination against black people in the United States is a serious problem, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University national poll released today. There are wide gaps by party, as 96 percent of Democrats and 69 percent of independents say discrimination against black people is a serious problem, while only 34 percent of Republicans say that. Broken down by race, 95 percent of black voters, 76 percent of Hispanic voters, and 62 percent of white voters say discrimination against black people is a serious problem.

Numbers are similar when it comes to the protests held around the country responding to George Floyd's death at the hands of police. Voters support the protests 67 - 28 percent.

"Two sharply contrasting views of America jump off the pages of this survey. To Democrats and independents, the African American population is under siege. From Republicans, a far different view of what is unfolding on our streets," said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.

More than half of voters, 57 percent, have a favorable opinion of the Black Lives Matter movement, while 30 percent have an unfavorable one.

Voters think 55 - 38 percent that protests around the country calling to end racial inequality will lead to meaningful reforms.

CONFEDERATE SYMBOLS

Voters support 52 - 44 percent removing Confederate statues from public spaces around the country. That is a 19-point swing in the gap of support since an August 23, 2017 poll when 39 percent supported the removal of Confederate statues and 50 percent opposed.

"Historic figures in granite and iron that seemed protected just a few years ago now face the wrecking ball of public opinion," added Malloy.

As for renaming military bases that were named after Confederate generals, voters are split 47 - 47 percent.

VIEWS OF POLICE

When it comes to views of police in the United States, slightly more voters, 49 - 44 percent, approve of the way the police are doing their job than disapprove. That is a substantial shift in opinion from April of 2018, when 65 percent of voters approved of the way police in the U.S. were doing their jobs and 26 percent disapproved.

However, voters give higher marks to police in their own communities. 77 percent approve of the way police in their community are doing their jobs while 19 percent disapprove. That's compared to 84 percent approval and 12 percent disapproval in October of 2016.

When asked whether being the victim of police brutality is something you personally worry about, 25 percent of voters say "yes," while 74 percent say "no." There is a stark difference by race, as 74 percent of black voters and 32 percent of Hispanic voters personally worry about being the victim of police brutality, compared to only 13 percent of white voters.

POLICE REFORMS

Voters support 66 - 27 percent banning the use of chokeholds by police departments in the United States. That includes 75 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of independents and 57 percent of Republicans.

When voters were asked whether they support or oppose cutting some funding from police departments in their community and shifting it to social services, 54 percent of voters oppose while 41 percent support the idea. Democrats support the idea 70 - 24 percent, Republicans oppose it 86 - 10 percent, and independents oppose it 56 - 40 percent.

Roughly 8 in 10 voters, 81 - 14 percent, say they oppose eliminating the current police department in their community and replacing it with a new one.

PROTECTING JOURNALISTS

Voters say 48 - 42 percent that journalists are not being protected enough in the United States. Democrats say 80 - 15 percent that journalists are not protected enough, while Republicans say 70 - 16 percent that journalists are protected enough.

"'Protect the messengers,' say American voters, as the keepers of the Fourth Estate are maligned and battered," added Malloy.

1,332 self-identified registered voters nationwide were surveyed from June 11 - 15 with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.

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34. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the police in - the United States are doing their job?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              49%    83%    18%    52%    54%    44%    48%    64%
Disapprove           44     12     73     41     40     47     44     28
DK/NA                 7      5      9      7      6      9      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              29%    52%    58%    54%    62%    53%    57%    20%    38%
Disapprove           68     42     35     36     32     37     34     76     58
DK/NA                 4      6      6     10      6     11      8      4      4
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Approve              47%    52%    51%    44%    43%    44%    66%
Disapprove           45     39     43     48     48     49     30
DK/NA                 8      9      6      8      9      7      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the police in the United States are doing their job?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jun 17, 2020         49      44        7
Apr 11, 2018         65      26        8
Oct 11, 2016         63      27       10
 
 
35. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the police in - your community are doing their job?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              77%    95%    61%    78%    82%    72%    80%    85%
Disapprove           19      3     34     18     16     22     16     13
DK/NA                 4      1      6      4      2      6      4      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              62%    74%    84%    85%    86%    79%    83%    52%    70%
Disapprove           32     23     14     12     12     16     14     42     24
DK/NA                 6      3      2      2      2      4      3      6      6
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Approve              77%    81%    76%    74%    70%    78%    86%
Disapprove           19     18     20     20     25     18     12
DK/NA                 3      1      4      7      5      4      2
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the police in your community are doing their job?
                     App     Dis     DK/NA
 
Jun 17, 2020         77      19       4
Oct 11, 2016         84      12       4
 
 
36. Is being the victim of police brutality something you personally worry about, or not?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  25%    11%    40%    23%    24%    26%    10%    14%
No                   74     88     60     77     75     73     89     85
DK/NA                 -      1      1      -      -      1      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  31%    27%    22%    20%    13%    13%    13%    74%    32%
No                   69     73     77     78     86     86     86     25     68
DK/NA                 -      -      1      1      -      1      1      1      -
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Yes                  23%    21%    28%    26%    33%    23%    16%
No                   77     78     72     73     67     76     84
DK/NA                 -      1      -      1      -      1      -
 
TREND: Is being the victim of police brutality something you personally worry about or not?
                     Yes     No      DK/NA
 
Jun 17, 2020         25      74       -
Apr 11, 2018         21      78       1
Oct 11, 2016         20      79       1
 
 
37. Do you support or oppose banning the use of chokeholds by police departments in the United States?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              66%    57%    75%    67%    63%    68%    79%    56%
Oppose               27     32     23     26     29     26     17     32
DK/NA                 7     11      2      7      9      6      3     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              65%    64%    67%    67%    64%    66%    65%    79%    65%
Oppose               29     26     27     28     27     26     26     19     32
DK/NA                 6      9      5      5      9      7      8      3      3
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Support              72%    68%    60%    67%    68%    71%    56%
Oppose               23     25     31     27     27     23     34
DK/NA                 4      7      9      6      5      5     10
 
 
38. Would you support or oppose cutting some funding from police departments in your community and shifting it to social services?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              41%    10%    70%    40%    36%    46%    52%    28%
Oppose               54     86     24     56     61     48     45     66
DK/NA                 5      4      6      4      3      6      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              58%    39%    36%    36%    34%    40%    37%    62%    42%
Oppose               41     58     57     57     63     53     58     31     55
DK/NA                 2      3      6      7      4      7      5      7      3
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Support              45%    39%    40%    41%    44%    46%    28%
Oppose               51     56     55     52     51     48     68
DK/NA                 4      5      5      7      5      5      4
 
 
39. Would you support or oppose eliminating the current police department in your community and replacing it with a new one?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              14%     5%    24%    11%    12%    15%    12%    10%
Oppose               81     93     68     86     85     78     84     86
DK/NA                 5      2      8      3      3      6      3      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              26%    14%     9%    10%    10%    11%    11%    32%    16%
Oppose               69     82     87     86     88     83     86     61     78
DK/NA                 6      4      4      4      2      5      4      7      7
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Support              14%    12%    16%    12%    19%    11%     9%
Oppose               80     85     80     81     75     83     88
DK/NA                 6      3      4      7      5      6      3
 
 
40. Do you support or oppose the protests held around the country responding to the death of George Floyd at the hands of police?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              67%    35%    92%    68%    67%    66%    76%    51%
Oppose               28     56      6     28     27     28     20     41
DK/NA                 5      9      2      4      5      6      4      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              81%    69%    64%    58%    64%    59%    61%    91%    70%
Oppose               16     26     32     35     31     36     33      9     23
DK/NA                 3      6      4      7      6      6      6      -      7
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Support              72%    68%    62%    69%    70%    72%    53%
Oppose               27     27     33     22     26     23     38
DK/NA                 1      5      5      9      4      5      8
 
 
41. Do you think that discrimination against black people in the United States today is a serious problem, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  68%    34%    96%    69%    61%    74%    76%    52%
No                   27     60      4     26     35     21     20     42
DK/NA                 5      6      -      5      4      5      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  80%    67%    63%    65%    56%    67%    62%    95%    76%
No                   15     29     33     32     41     26     33      5     21
DK/NA                 5      4      4      4      3      7      5      -      3
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Yes                  73%    67%    63%    73%    72%    73%    54%
No                   25     26     33     21     22     25     39
DK/NA                 2      7      4      6      6      2      7
 
 
42. Do you think the protests around the country calling to end racial inequality in the United States will lead to meaningful reforms, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  55%    34%    76%    53%    50%    59%    62%    45%
No                   38     59     18     41     44     33     32     48
DK/NA                 7      7      6      6      6      8      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  62%    55%    52%    52%    48%    55%    51%    67%    60%
No                   33     39     43     38     46     38     42     24     34
DK/NA                 6      6      6     10      6      7      7      9      6
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Yes                  53%    55%    52%    61%    61%    54%    48%
No                   38     38     40     34     31     39     46
DK/NA                 9      8      8      5      8      7      6
 
 
43. Do you support or oppose removing Confederate statues from public spaces around the country?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              52%    14%    85%    50%    47%    56%    63%    32%
Oppose               44     80     11     46     49     39     34     61
DK/NA                 5      6      4      5      4      5      3      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              67%    51%    48%    44%    43%    46%    44%    84%    58%
Oppose               30     43     48     51     53     49     51     11     39
DK/NA                 3      6      4      5      4      6      5      5      3
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Mltry
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
                                                                           
Support              55%    51%    45%    60%    60%    56%    32%    40%  
Oppose               37     43     52     36     35     39     64     54   
DK/NA                 8      6      3      4      5      5      3      6   
 
TREND: Do you support or oppose removing Confederate statues from public spaces around the country?
                     Sup     Opp     DK/NA
 
Jun 17, 2020         52      44       5
Aug 23, 2017         39      50      10
 
 
44. Do you support or oppose renaming military bases that were named after Confederate generals?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              47%     9%    81%    44%    42%    52%    58%    30%
Oppose               47     86     14     49     55     41     38     64
DK/NA                 5      5      4      6      3      7      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Support              59%    47%    46%    41%    38%    44%    41%    77%    53%
Oppose               37     50     48     54     59     49     54     18     41
DK/NA                 4      3      6      5      3      7      5      5      6
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............  Mltry
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural  HsHld
                                                                           
Support              56%    41%    43%    53%    54%    52%    30%    35%  
Oppose               39     53     53     41     41     41     67     59   
DK/NA                 5      7      4      6      5      7      3      6   
 
 
45. Is your opinion of the Black Lives Matter movement favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about it?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            57%    19%    89%    58%    48%    64%    66%    42%
Unfavorable          30     61      3     31     38     22     26     39
Hvn't hrd enough     10     14      7      8     11      9      6     14
REFUSED               4      7      1      4      3      4      2      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            71%    55%    53%    52%    46%    56%    51%    83%    61%
Unfavorable          18     32     34     34     39     29     34     10     29
Hvn't hrd enough      7      9     10     12     12     10     11      7      9
REFUSED               4      3      3      2      3      5      4      -      1
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Favorable            64%    58%    52%    57%    63%    61%    42%
Unfavorable          25     28     33     29     24     29     40
Hvn't hrd enough      8      9     10     13     11      8     12
REFUSED               3      5      4      2      3      2      6
 
 
46. Do you think that journalists are being protected enough in the United States, or don't you think so?
                                                               WHITE........
                                                               4 YR COLL DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  42%    70%    15%    47%    51%    34%    44%    54%
No                   48     16     80     44     40     55     48     34
DK/NA                10     15      5      9      9     11      9     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  32%    46%    49%    44%    59%    41%    50%    19%    28%
No                   61     46     43     43     33     46     40     75     65
DK/NA                 7      8      8     13      8     13     11      6      7
 
                     REGION...................   DENSITY............
                     NEast  MWest  South  West   City   Suburb Rural
 
Yes                  38%    45%    43%    43%    35%    42%    55%
No                   52     44     47     50     55     50     34
DK/NA                10     11     10      8     10      9     11