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.

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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. 

FDA chief vows agency will not accept political pressure on coronavirus vaccine

Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn promised that "science will guide our decision" for a coronavirus vaccine at a Senate hearing on Wednesday.

Why it matters: More Americans are expressing doubt about a first-generation vaccine, despite President Trump's efforts to push an unrealistic timeline that conflicts with medical experts in his administration.

CEO confidence rises for the first time in over 2 years

Data: Business Roundtable; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

A closely-watched CEO economic confidence index rose for the first time after declining for nine straight quarters, according to a survey of 150 chief executives of the biggest U.S. companies by trade group Business Roundtable.

Why it matters: The index, which still remains at a decade low, reflects corporate America's expectations for sales, hiring and spending — which plummeted amid uncertainty when the pandemic hit.

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