Poll: 57% say police brutality against Blacks is a ‘very serious problem’

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    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%.

    Susan J. Demas is a 19-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.