New polling shows that a majority of Michigan voters — 57% — think that police brutality against African Americans is a “very serious problem.”
In recent days, there has been a wave of protests across the country following the killing of George Floyd, a 45-year-old African American after a police officer pinned his knee on his neck. Demonstrations have taken place in Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Flint Township and more.
The survey from the liberal group Progress Michigan and North Carolina Public Policy Polling showed 27% who say it is a somewhat serious problem and 13% say it is not much of a problem.
“The polling is clear: Black lives matter to the people of Michigan,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Voters are also fed up with Donald Trump and his administration’s complete failure to protect our public health during this pandemic. Michiganians understand the importance of listening to the experts, prioritizing people over profits, and pursuing COVID-19 solutions that work for everyone, not just the wealthy. We’re grateful for Gov. [Gretchen] Whitmer’s continued leadership and tireless efforts to keep the people of our state safe.”
The poll was taken May 29 and 30 of 1,582 voters. The margin of error is 2.5%.