Blacks and whites have sharply different reactions to the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo., and the protests and violence that followed. Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the shooting of Michael Brown “raises important issues about race that need to be discussed.” Wide racial differences also are evident in opinions about of whether local police went too far in the aftermath of Brown’s death, and in confidence in the investigations into the shooting.
By Robert A. Vella
A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this month clearly supports the assertion that the American public is increasingly disapproving of its political leaders regardless of their partisan affiliation. This is a disturbing trend because a continuing rise in institutional distrust will eventually lead to social unrest, and at some point, internal dissent would destabilize the nation.
Yet, America’s political, business, and media establishment seems determined to maintain the status quo.
Here are the highlights from NBC News:
- President Obama’s favorable/unfavorable rating is 41-45 (-4%).
- Democratic Party favorable/unfavorable rating is 38-40 (-2%).
- Republican Party favorable/unfavorable rating is 29-45 (-16%).
- Tea Party favorable/unfavorable rating is 22-41 (-19%).
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Only 32 percent of voters say their member of Congress deserves to be re-elected, compared with 57 percent who want to give a new person a chance.
And just 25 percent of Americans…
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