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POLL: Missouri public holds negative opinions of Mizzou protests, related happenings

A public opinion poll conducted in the state of Missouri a few days ago shows that, by a fairly wide margin, the state’s public does not view the University of Missouri’s recent protests and associated events very favorably.

The Remington Research Group poll surveyed 711 likely voters on November 13 and 14, and has a margin of error of +/-3.6%.

Some highlights:

Q: Do you agree or disagree with student protesters’ message about racial inequality at the University of Missouri?
Agree…………………………………….25%
Disagree………………………………..52%
Unsure…………………………………..23%

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the University of Missouri student protesters’ actions in the past week?
Agree…………………………………….20%
Disagree………………………………..62%
Unsure…………………………………..18%

Q: Have these recent events affected your view of the University of Missouri football team, and if so has that affect been positive or negative?
Positive………………………………………….22%
Negative………………………………………..48%
No change/Unsure…………………………30%

Q: Have these recent events affected your view of the University of Missouri Administration, and if so has that affect been positive or negative?
Positive………………………………………….11%
Negative………………………………………..58%
No change/Unsure…………………………31%

And perhaps the most damning result:

Q: Would you encourage your children to attend the University of Missouri?
Yes……………………………………35%
No…………………………………….45%
Unsure………………………………20%

In addition, more respondents (who were aware of the issue, 48%-38%) disagreed with the idea of an increase in the state’s cigarette tax to provide scholarships to public colleges.

Broken down by demographics, the response to the first question — concurring with the protesters about racial inequality at U. Missouri — shows a sizable disparity by political party (75% of Republicans disagree with the protesters vs. 22% of Democrats) and a slightly smaller one by race (52% of whites disagree; 40% of blacks do).

Interestingly, in the “Non-Partisan” political party, column 58% disagree with the protesters (vs. 14% agreeing), and in the “Other” race category, a whopping 65% dissent (vs. 16% who agree).

Read the full survey.

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