May 15, 2021

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CBS News poll: Widespread agreement with Chauvin verdict – CBS News

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Three in four Americans think the jury reached the right verdict in which former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd, a majority view that spans across all racial, age and partisan groups.

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Most White and Black Americans share the view that the jury reached the right verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer found guilty on all three counts in the death of George Floyd. Americans — both young and old —— within these racial groups agree with the verdict.  

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Reaction to the verdict among White Americans is largely related to partisanship. White Democrats overwhelmingly think the jury reached the right verdict, while White Republicans, like Republicans overall, are more divided. 

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The smaller portion of Americans — 25% —  who believe the jury reached the wrong verdict strongly disagree with the ideas of the Black Lives Matter movement. This group is composed of more men than women, is disproportionately White and they mostly identify as conservative. 

President Biden, who has called the verdict a step forward, gets a 60% approval rating for his general handling of matters surrounding George Floyd’s death and Chauvin’s trial. This is similar to his overall job rating as he closes in on 100 days in office. 

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Floyd’s death sparked protests across the country by Black Lives Matter and other groups concerning the treatment of racial minorities by police. 

Today, more Americans agree than disagree with the ideas expressed by the Black Lives Matter movement.  Black Americans, Democrats and younger people are particularly likely to agree. 

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Overall though, people still have mostly positive views of their local police.  Most Americans rate the job they are doing as at least somewhat good. 

On balance, Black Americans rate their local police more positively than negatively, but they (17%) are less likely than Whites (39%) to say their local police are doing a “very good” job in their community. 

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This CBS News survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 2,527  U.S. residents interviewed between April 21-24, 2021. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, as well as the 2020 presidential vote and registration status. The margin of error is ± 2.3 points.

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