What Americans think about federal agents responding to protests in US cities

Jamie BallardData Journalist
July 30, 2020, 6:00 PM GMT+0

As federal agents prepare to leave Portland after occupying the city for several weeks, President Donald Trump has suggested sending federal forces to other cities such as New York, Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia.

Data from the latest Economist/YouGov Poll finds that Americans are split on whether they approve (43%) or disapprove (45%) of this idea.

Among those who say they have heard a lot about the officers from the Department of Homeland Security responding to protests in Portland, 57 percent disapprove.

White Americans (51%) are considerably more likely than Hispanic Americans (27%) and Black Americans (24%) to say they would approve of federal security officers with DHS responding to protests in major US cities.

Among Trump supporters, 91 percent say they would approve of such a decision. Those who support Biden are far less likely to agree: 11 percent would approve, while 85 percent would disapprove.

See the full toplines and tables from this week’s The Economist/YouGov poll

Methodology: This Economist survey was conducted by YouGov using a nationally representative sample of 1,500 U.S. adult citizens interviewed online between July 26 - 28, 2020. This sample was weighted according to gender, age, race, and education based on the American Community Survey, conducted by the US Bureau of the Census, as well as 2016 Presidential vote, registration status, geographic region, and news interest. Respondents were selected from YouGov’s opt-in panel to be representative of all US citizens. The margin of error is approximately 3.5% for the overall sample.

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