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Security forces face protesters in Lafayette Park in Washington on June 1. Photo: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

54% of Americans say they support demonstrations decrying the death of George Floyd that have convulsed the country during the past several days, according to a Morning Consult survey of nearly 2,000 U.S. adults

By the numbers: Those who support the protests include 69% of Democrats and 49% of independents, while Republicans were split over the demonstrations, with 39% in support and 38% opposing them.

  • African Americans were more likely to approve of the protests than white Americans. 66% of white Democrats backed the protest, but only 38% of white Republicans agreed. 
  • 52% of adults said they believe police violence against the public is a “very serious” problem, up 6 points from a July 2016 Morning Consult poll. Another 58% said they believe racial discrimination against black people “is one of the biggest problems facing America today.” 

Methodology: The survey of 1,990 U.S. adults was conducted May 31-June 1. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Go deeper ... In photos: Protesters and police clash nationwide over George Floyd

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Sep 6, 2020 - Health

Poll: 65% of voters feel COVID vaccine available this year would be "rushed"

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Voters are growing skeptical of a potential coronavirus vaccine, with the majority saying they would feel it was rushed without enough testing if one becomes available this year, according to a CBS News poll out Sunday.

By the numbers: About 21% of U.S. voters said they would get a vaccine as soon as possible if one became available at no cost, down from 32% in the same poll in July. 58% say they would consider it, but they'd wait to see what happens to others before getting one. 

Updated 34 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Here come Earmarks 2.0

DeLauro at a hearing in May 2020. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

The House Appropriations Committee is preparing to restore a limited version of earmarks, which give lawmakers power to direct spending to their districts to pay for special projects.

Why it matters: A series of scandals involving members in both parties prompted a moratorium on earmarks in 2011. But Democrats argue it's worth the risk to bring them back because earmarks would increase their leverage to pass critical legislation with a narrow majority, especially infrastructure and spending bills.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
1 hour ago - Energy & Environment

UN says Paris carbon-cutting plans fall far short

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Nations' formal emissions-cutting pledges are collectively way too weak to put the world on track to meet the Paris climate deal's temperature-limiting target, a United Nations tally shows.

Driving the news: This morning the UN released an analysis of the most recent nationally determined contributions (NDCs) — that is, countries' medium-term emissions targets submitted under the 2015 pact.