Americans Are More Troubled by Police Actions in Killing of George Floyd Than by Violence at Protests, Poll Finds

Americans Are More Troubled by Police Actions in Killing of George Floyd Than by Violence at Protests, Poll Finds

Eighty percent feel country is spiraling out of control, according to Wall Street Journal/NBC poll

The boarded-up entrance to AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington on Saturday. A poll found striking partisan divides in how Americans view unfolding national crises.PHOTO: PATRICK SEMANSKY/ASSOCIATED PRESS

By Michael C. BenderJune 7, 2020 9:00 am ET

WASHINGTON—Voters by a 2-to-1 margin are more troubled by the actions of police in the killing of George Floyd than by violence at some protests, and an overwhelming majority, 80%, feel that the country is spiraling out of control, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

The poll also reveals striking partisan divides in how voters view a pair of unfolding national crises, including the unrest sparked by the killing of Mr. Floyd, the black Minneapolis man who was in police custody, and the coronavirus pandemic, responsible for more

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