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MU poll finds 61% support for Black Lives Matter protests

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new Wisconsin poll finds that 61% of respondents support Black Lives Matter protests happening across the nation.

The latest Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday was conducted before protests in Madison saw two statues torn down and a state senator assaulted by protesters.

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The poll also found 72% of respondents said they have a favorable view of police compared with 59% who said they have a positive view of the Black Lives Matter movement, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

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Only 30% of respondents said they approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis while 58% said they disapprove of Trump’s handling of protests. Floyd, a handcuffed Black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly 8 minutes.

Among poll respondents, 86% said they feel safe around police, while 11% reported feeling anxious around law enforcement.

But only 43% of Black respondents and 72% of Hispanic respondents said they feel safe around police. More than 90% of white respondents said they feel safe around police.

The poll of 805 registered Wisconsin voters interviewed by cellphone or landline was conducted between June 14 and June 18, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.

The Associated Press also contributed to this report.

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