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%
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%
Disagree strongly 16%
3. Black Lives Matter is not a terrorist organization, despite criticism about the group.
Strongly agree 41%
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:
Somewhat optimistic 23%
Somewhat pessimistic 37%