Lee Judge

The Monday Poll results on a summer of violence

A memorial in front of the Dallas Police Department honors five police officers killed last Thursday night.
A memorial in front of the Dallas Police Department honors five police officers killed last Thursday night. The Associated Press

Americans are still trying to make sense of the killings last week of five police officers in Dallas and two police-related shootings of black men, one in Louisiana and the second in Minnesota.

The Monday Poll received almost 600 responses to statements about the incidents. The most dismaying result: 69 percent were pessimistic or very pessimistic about the nation’s future. Here are the full results:

1. Using a robot to cause the death of a suspect in a crime, which may have been unprecedented in the United States, is not how the American justice system should work.

Strongly agree 15%

Agree 19%

Disagree 30%

Strongly disagree 36%

2. The use of cellphone video and social media is a good way to help improve relations between police and the people they serve.

Agree strongly 24%

Agree 37%

Disagree 23%

Disagree strongly 16%

3. Black Lives Matter is not a terrorist organization, despite criticism about the group.

Strongly agree 41%

Agree 18%

Disagree 14%

Strongly disagree 26%

4. After the deadly attack on police in Dallas, and the police-involved shootings, here is how I feel about the nation’s future in the summer of 2016:

Optimistic 7%

Somewhat optimistic 23%

Somewhat pessimistic 37%

Pessimistic 32%

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