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New Poll Spotlights Reaction to Brown Slaying, Ferguson Protest

From Pew Research Center’s “Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Police Shooting” discussing an Aug. 14-17 national survey of 1000 adults:

Blacks and whites have sharply different reactions to the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo., and the protests and violence that followed. Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the shooting of Michael Brown “raises important issues about race that need to be discussed.” Wide racial differences also are evident in opinions about of whether local police went too far in the aftermath of Brown’s death, and in confidence in the investigations into the shooting.
…Fully 65% of African Americans say the police have gone too far in responding to the shooting’s aftermath. Whites are divided: 33% say the police have gone too far, 32% say the police response has been about right, while 35% offer no response.
…One-in-five young adults (20%) closely followed news from Ferguson, less than the share of those 50-64 (34%) and 65 and older (33%).

It’s still too early to estimate the political fallout of the Michael Brown slaying and community protests in Ferguson. But Jonathan Cohn discusses possible outcomes in his post, “When Does the Ferguson Story End? At least two things probably need to happen first at The New Republic, while TNR’s Brian Beutler reports on the right-wing spin on the Ferguson events.

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