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Column: Nation divided by race on Ferguson

Blacks and whites have sharply different reactions to the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American man, in Ferguson, Mo., as well as the protests and violence that followed, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center. (An aside: 54 percent of blacks are following the news closely; only 25 percent of whites are.)

Thinking about the shooting

This case raises important issues about race.

White: 37%

Black: 80%

Race is getting more attention than it deserves.

White: 47%

Black: 18%

Don't know

White: 16%

Black: 2%

The police response to the shooting

Has gone too far

White: 33%

Black: 65%

Has been about right

White: 32%

Black: 20%

Don't know

White: 35%

Black: 15%

How much confidence do you have in the shooting investigations?

A great deal/a fair amount

White: 52%

Black: 18%

Not too much/none at all

White: 33%

Black: 76%

Don't know

White: 15%

Black: 7%

The national survey by the Pew Research Center was conducted Aug. 14-17 among 1,000 adults. Figures may not add to 100 percent because of rounding. See the complete results at

© 2014 Pew Research Center

Column: Nation divided by race on Ferguson 08/19/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 4:39pm]
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