About half of Americans say Trump’s plan to deploy US military on American cities is inappropriate

Jamie BallardFreelance Data Journalist
June 02, 2020, 1:15 AM GMT+0

In an address on Monday evening to speak about the ongoing protests in many cities, President Donald Trump said he was recommending governors to deploy the National Guard “until the violence has been quelled.” 

“I have strongly recommended to every governor to deploy the National Guard in sufficient numbers, that we dominate the streets, mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled.” 

He continued,  “If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.” 

A YouGov Direct poll of more than 1,200 individuals conducted immediately after Trump’s address finds that a slim majority (52%) believe it’s inappropriate for Trump to say he will deploy the US military on American cities that don’t call in the National Guard.  

About four in 10 (41%) believe it’s appropriate for Trump to say he will do this.  
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Methodology: 1,243 US adults were interviewed through the YouGov Direct app. Results are weighted by gender and age to best represent the US population. This survey was conducted online on June 1, 2020. 

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