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Questions - Ferguson - November 19-20, 2014

Most Expect Violent Protests in Wake of Ferguson Decision

Few Expect Ferguson Police Officer To Be Charged


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National Survey of 1,000 American Adults

Conducted November 19-20, 2014

By Rasmussen Reports


1* How closely have you followed recent news reports about a police shooting in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri?


2* From what you know, should the police officer who killed teenager Michael Brown be found guilty of murder or was he acting in self-defense?


3* Regardless of what you think should happen, will the legal system determine that the police officer is guilty of murder or will the system decide he acted in self-defense?


4* How likely is it that there will be violent protests the police officer is not charged with murder in the shooting of Michael Brown?


5* How likely is it that there will be violent protests the police officer IS charged with murder?


6* There are violent protests, are they more likely to be legitimate outrage over what happened or mostly criminals taking advantage of the situation?


7* How concerned are you that efforts by authorities to prevent violence and property destruction may violate the First Amendment rights of some protestors?


8* The police officer is not charged with murder by the local grand jury, should the U.S. Justice Department try to charge him for federal crimes related to the Brown shooting?


9* Does the United States have the best system of justice in the world?


NOTE: Margin of Sampling Error, +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence