National Survey of
1,000 American Adults
Conducted August 15-16, 2014
By Rasmussen Reports
1* How closely have you followed recent news reports about a police shooting in a St. Louis suburb?
2* From what you know, should the police officer who killed a black teenager be found guilty of murder or was he acting in self-defense?
3* Should the name of the police officer who shot the teenager have been released to the media?
4* Is the mob violence since the shooting primarily legitimate outrage over what happened or mostly criminals taking advantage of the situation?
5* How do you rate the media coverage of the shooting and the subsequent events in Ferguson, Missouri - excellent, good, fair or poor?
6* Would the media be giving this story more coverage or less coverage if a black policeman had shot a white teenager? Or would the level of coverage be about the same?
7* How would you rate the way the police in Ferguson, Missouri responded to the mob violence following the shooting incident- excellent, good, fair or poor?
8* Do you favor or oppose the use of military-grade weapons and equipment by your local police force?
9* Are most police officers racist?
NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence