Americans Split On Ferguson Grand Jury Decision, Disapprove of Obama’s Handling

Derek Hunter Contributor
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Americans view President Barack Obama’s handling of the situation in Ferguson, Missouri less favorably than they do the actual decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

A new poll by The Washington Post finds Americans in general are split on whether or not Wilson should have been indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Among all adults, 48 percent approve of the grand jury’s decision and 45 percent disapprove. But when you look at registered voters, the number for support jumps significantly– 52 approve and only 40 disapprove.

When asked if they favored civil rights charges being brought against Wilson, all adults were equally split again– 48 approve, 47 disapprove. But when you look at those adults who’ve registered to vote, support falls to 43 percent and opposition rises to 52 percent.

Both Obama  and local police in Ferguson suffer a similar and consistent fate when it comes to how Americans view their handling of the decision and subsequent riots. Fully 52 percent of adults and registered voters disapprove of the president’s handling of the situation, while that number dips 1 percentage point with registered voters for the Ferguson PD.

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