Recent poll shows Americans see difference in how Trump and police treat whites and blacks

Recent poll shows Americans see difference in how Trump and police treat whites and blacks
Source: Fivethirtyeight

A CBS news poll conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 2,071 Americans interviewed between May 29 and June 1, found that 57% of Americans think that the police treatment of white Americans is better than that of black Americans. Within this majority, 78% of black Americans agree.

However, this view differs depending on the participant’s political leaning. Among Democrats, 80% see differential treatment by police against black people whereas most Republicans feel the police treat everyone equally.

A majority of Americans also think that Trump is racist against black people with 72% of Americans saying that Trump “favors whites” and 50% stating that Trump “works against blacks.” Among Republicans however, the majority believe that the president tends to favor or is at least neutral toward all of these.

The majority of Americans also disapprove of Trump’s response to the protests that have broken out in more than 120 cities in the United States. 49% of voters have given Trump negative ratings whereas 19% said they haven’t heard enough on the matter to form a judgment.

In contrast, 42% of those surveyed said they haven’t heard anything about Biden’s response to the protest. Those who do have an opinion on Biden’s response however, are more likely to find his response positive than negative with 33% of Americans approving and 25% disapproving.

Most Americans also feel that the Trump Administration’s efforts in combating the COVID-19 outbreak have failed. However, despite common belief that this is a major factor for all for the November elections, only 52% of the participants, 73% of them being Democrats state it is. Two-thirds of those who call it a major factor are also backing Biden.

Meanwhile, 72% of the Americans, mostly Republicans state that the US economy’s performance is the main factor influencing their vote.

Significantly, 47% of Americans who participated in the poll say that they will vote for Biden in the upcoming national election whereas 43% support Trump. Biden has been leading this measure between two and six points since February. However, the poll also specifies that it doesn’t give a state-specific analysis of candidate preference.

This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race and education level based on data from the US Bureau of the Census, as well as 2016 presidential vote and registration status.

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