Americans give President Barack Obama mixed, but narrowly positive, ratings for his response in the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, a new poll finds.
Forty-one percent of Americans say they're satisfied with Obama's performance, with 34 percent dissatisfied and the remaining quarter undecided, according to a CBS/New York Times survey released Thursday. In comparison, according to CBS, 46 percent of Americans were dissatisfied with President George H.W. Bush's response to the 1992 riots in Los Angeles.
Sixty percent of black Americans, but just 35 percent of white Americans, said they were satisfied with Obama's response in Ferguson.
The response from Gov. Jay Nixon (D) received a more negative rating than Obama's, with 32 percent satisfied, 34 percent dissatisfied and 34 percent unsure. Views of Nixon's actions also differ across racial lines: White Americans are about as likely to be satisfied as dissatisfied with his actions, while black Americans are nearly twice as likely to say his performance wasn't satisfactory as to say that it was. Opinions were split on his decision to bring in the National Guard, with 26 percent saying its presence was helping the situation, 20 percent that it was making things worse, and 33 percent that it was having little effect.
The CBS/Times poll was conducted Aug. 19-20, using live calls to landlines and cell phones to reach 1,025 Americans.
Other surveys also show profound racial differences in reactions to the shooting and protests in Ferguson. HuffPost/YouGov polling found that black Americans are far more likely to believe the shooting was part of a broader pattern in the way police treat black men and to say that they don't trust the justice system to fairly deal with police officers who shoot people. A Pew Research survey found that black Americans were more than twice as likely as whites to say the shooting raises racial issues, and that the police response has gone too far.
This post was updated with information on respondents' views of Gov. Jay Nixon's response.
08/26/2014 7:49 AM EDT
The Toll On Michael Brown's Family
USA Today's Yamiche Alcindor provides an intimate look at how Michael Brown's parents have been dealing with the loss of their son:
Phones constantly ring with reporters asking for interviews or family members offering support. Last week, as demands reached a tipping point, both parents moved into hotels to shield themselves.
In the days leading up to the funeral, Brown's mother continued to cry and spoke in whispers as she tried to explain her feelings.
"They say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was — just seeing my baby laying there, cold," Lesley McSpadden, 34, told USA TODAY. "It did something to my heart. It's too much. It's too much."
08/26/2014 7:44 AM EDT
New Audio Allegedly Captures Moment Michael Brown Was Shot
New audio has surfaced that allegedly captures the moment when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, on Aug. 9.
CNN aired the unverified recording on Monday night. Six shots can be heard, followed by a pause, then several more. A private autopsy performed on Aug. 17 at the request of Brown's family found that the 18-year-old was shot 6 times, including twice in the head.
08/25/2014 12:58 PM EDT
Al Sharpton: America, It's Time To Deal With Policing
08/25/2014 12:53 PM EDT
Al Sharpton: All Of Us Are Required To Respond
Rev. Al Sharpton: All of us are required to respond to this #MikeBrownfuneral— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) August 25, 2014
08/25/2014 12:48 PM EDT
Benjamin Crump: We Will Not Accept Three-Fifths Justice For Michael Brown
08/25/2014 12:28 PM EDT
Funeral Program Includes Tribute From Michael Brown's Parents
USA Today reporter, Yamiche Alcindor shares photo of program which includes tributes to Michael Brown from his mother and father
08/25/2014 12:22 PM EDT
Michael Brown's Stepmother: He Prophesied His Own Death
Stepmother of #MichaelBrown said the late teen "pretty much prophesied his own death and didn't realize it."— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) August 25, 2014