Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Marquette poll finds more than 60% of Wisconsinites support Black Lives Matter protests

From The Journal

More than 60% of Wisconsinites support ongoing Black Lives Matter protests across the nation, according to the latest Marquette Law School poll — which was conducted before last night's violent protests in Madison that saw two statues torn down and a state Senator assaulted by protesters.
The poll, released Wednesday, found that 61% of respondents said they approve of the current protests, while 36% disapprove. The poll also found former Vice President Joe Biden widening his lead over President Donald Trump and a declining concern among Wisconsinites over the COVID-19 pandemic.
"To see more than 60% who approve of the current protest says that the country as a whole is looking at the protest in a very different way than they looked at the 1968 protests and riots," Poll Director Charles Franklin said.
In addition, 72% of respondents said they have a favorable view of the police, compared with 59% who said they have a positive view of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The latest poll was conducted June 14-18, before protesters tore down statues of Forward and a Union Civil War colonel, assaulted a state senator and set a small fire in a city building Downtown on Tuesday night after the arrest of a Black activist earlier in the day.

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