Recent Survey Questions Related to Black Americans, Policing, and Protest
Examples of Downloadable Current Opinion Charts
Have race relations in the United States become better or worse since Donald Trump became president, or has there been no change? Explore the entire Monmouth University National Poll: June 2020 Coronavirus from May 28, 2020 - June 1, 2020.
Do you think the anger that led to these protests was fully justified, partially justified, or not at all justified? Explore entire Monmouth University National Poll: June 2020 Coronavirus from May 28, 2020 - June 1, 2020.
Which concerns you more--the actions of the police and the death of an African American man, or protests that have turned violent? See complete NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll study from May 28, 2020 - June 2, 2020.
Do you think that police are more likely to use deadly force on Black Americans or White Americans? Explore the entire CBS News Poll from May 29, 2020 - June 2, 2020.
Do you approve or disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling race relations? Explore the complete CNN poll from 06/02/2020 - 06/05/2020 here.
Do you think the killing of George Floyd was an isolated incident or a sign of broader problems in treatment of black Americans by police? Explore the complete Washington Post/Schar School Poll from June 2, 2020 - June 7, 2020.
How concerned are you if the coronavirus pandemic is doing greater damage to people of color? Explore the entire Axios/Ipsos Coronavirus Index Wave 11 from May 29, 2020 - June 1, 2020 here.
Have police in America made the changes needed to treat blacks equally to whites or do police in America need to continue making changes to treat blacks equally to whites? Explore the complete Washington Post/Schar School Poll June 2, 2020 - June 7, 2020.
Do you think the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis is an isolated incident or a sign of broader problems in the treatment of African Americans by police? Explore the entire ABC News/Ipsos Poll: 2020 Coronavirus Wave 11 from June 3, 2020 - June 4, 2020.
Do you support or oppose changing the names of United States military bases that are named after Confederate leaders? Explore the entire ABC News/Ipsos Poll: 2020 Coronavirus Wave 13 from June 17, 2020 - June 18, 2020
Do you think the federal government should or should not pay money to black Americans whose ancestors were slaves as compensation for that slavery? Explore the entire ABC News/Ipsos Poll: 2020 Coronavirus Wave 13 from June 17, 2020 - June 18, 2020
Do you support or oppose the movement to “defund the police"? Explore entire ABC News/Ipsos Poll: 2020 Coronavirus Wave 12 from June 10, 2020 - June 11, 2020.
Do you favor, oppose, or neither favor nor oppose requiring on-duty police officers to wear video cameras that would record their interactions with the public as they occur? Explore the entire June 2020 AP-NORC Center Poll from June 11, 2020 - June 15, 2020.
How big a problem is the violence caused by protests against police violence in the United States today? Explore the entire Kaiser Family Foundation Poll: June 2020 Kaiser Health Tracking Poll from June 8, 2020 - June 14, 2020.
Do you support or oppose banning the use of chokeholds by police officers? Explore the entire ABC News/Ipsos Poll: 2020 Coronavirus Wave 13 from June 17, 2020 - June 18, 2020
When you see the Confederate flag displayed, do you have a positive reaction, a negative reaction or neither? Explore the entire ABC News/Ipsos Poll: 2020 Coronavirus Wave 15 from July 8, 2020 - July 9, 2020.
How much, if at all, do you think longstanding concerns about the treatment of black people in the country have contributed to the demonstrations to protest the death of George Floyd?......A great deal, some, not too much, not at all? From Pew Research Center: American Trends Panel Wave 68: June 4, 2020 - June 10, 2020
Do you think the Black Lives Matter demonstrations are mostly legitimate protests or mostly people acting unlawfully? From NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll: August 2020, August 3, 2020 - August 11, 2020
The above questions come from the Roper Center’s Longstanding Methods Collection. You can see the data from the recently developed methods collection here, most of which predates current polling on the Black Lives Matter protests.
Black Lives Matter Protest in Richmond, Virginia June 2020. Credit: Scott Elmquist/Virginia Media
George Floyd Death Protester, Photo Credit: AP; Photographer: Jerry Holt.