美시민 과반수가 군의 폭동진압 지지
美시민 과반수가 군의 폭동진압 지지
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민주당 지지자 절반 가까이도 군 출동지지
시위진압을 위해 투입되는 주방위군
 

미국 전체로 확대되고 있는 폭동의 제압에 대하여 질문한 여론조사에서、과반수 이상의 미국시민들, 특히 민주당 지지자들도 절반가까이가 군을 동원하여 지역경찰을 지원하는 것을 찬성하고 있음이 여론조사 결과 밝혀졌다.

이 같은 조사결과는 미국의 시사주간지 뉴스위크 6월 2일자에 실렸다. 현재 미국에서는 지난 5월25일에 미네소타경찰관이 흑인남성 존 플로이드의 목을 눌러 압사시킨 사건에 대한 분노가 계기가 되어 전국적으로 항의데모가 확산되고 있다. 그 일부는 폭도화하여 약탈을 감행하고 있다.

여론조사기관인 모닝 컨설트(Morning Consult)는 지난 5월31일부터 6월1일까지 여론조사를 한 결과 응답자의 58%가 항의데모와 폭동 단속에 대하여 경찰과 함께 군을 동원하는 데에 찬성했다. 반대는 30%에 머물렀.

더욱이 회답자의 3분의 1인 33%가 군 동원에 ‘강력하게(strongly) 찬성’, 4분의 1인 25%가 ‘얼마간(somewhat) 찬성’이라고 회답했다. 한편 군 동원을 ‘강력하게 반대한다’고 한 응답자는 전체의 19%, ‘얼마간 반대한다’고 한 회답자는 11%에 머물렀다.

군 파견안을 지지하는 비율은 공화당지지자들 간에서 높아 77%가 찬성했다. 민주당 지지자에서도 48%가 찬성했다. 또 무당파층도 52%가 찬성했다.

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U.S.

Majority of Americans Support Calling in Military to Assist Police During Nationwide Unrest, Polling Shows

New polling shows that a majority of Americans, including nearly half of Democrats, support calling in the military to assist local police in handling the nationwide unrest that has accompanied peaceful demonstrations commemorating George Floyd, who died last week in Minneapolis police custody.

Morning Consult conducted the survey from May 31 to June 1 and found that 58 percent of voters support using the military to deal with protests and demonstrations across the country, alongside the police. Just 30 percent of respondents said they'd oppose such a measure.

Furthermore, 33 percent (one-third) of respondents said they "strongly" support sending in the military, while an additional 25 percent (one-quarter) said they "somewhat" support the move. Only 19 percent of voters "strongly" opposed deploying the military, while 11 percent "somewhat" opposed it. The survey's margin of error was plus or minus 2 percentage points.

Republicans were more likely to support the proposal, with 77 percent in favor of sending in military troops. Among Democrats, 48 percent said they'd support deploying troops to cities rocked by protests. And 52 percent of independents also backed such action.

Large demonstrations have spread across the country in the wake of Floyd's death. He died May 25 after being detained by Minneapolis police for allegedly attempting to use a counterfeit $20 bill. A video of the incident quickly went viral online, showing white police officer Derek Chauvin pinning down Floyd, who was black, as he kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

Floyd repeatedly yelled "I can't breathe" while onlookers urged Chauvin to stop. Shortly afterward, Floyd was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Chauvin and three other officers involved in the incident have been fired, and Chauvin now faces murder and manslaughter charges.

Floyd repeatedly yelled "I can't breathe" while onlookers urged Chauvin to stop. Shortly afterward, Floyd was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Chauvin and three other officers involved in the incident have been fired, and Chauvin now faces murder and manslaughter charges.

While most demonstrations across the country have been peaceful, some individuals have resorted to vandalism and looting. Some police have responded with violence as well, beating demonstrators and teargassing crowds of peaceful protesters.

President Donald Trump addressed the nation on Monday evening, warning that he could send in the military to quell the unrest. "If the city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them," he said.

The president drew substantial criticism from activists, Democrats and some Republicans for the speech, as federal police were deployed to teargas about 1,000 peaceful protesters in front of the White House ahead of Trump's remarks. It appeared that the demonstration was cleared to allow Trump to walk to the nearby historic St. John's Episcopal Church and pose for a photo holding a Bible.

"There is a fundamental—a constitutional—right to protest, and I'm against clearing out a peaceful protest for a photo op that treats the word of God as a political prop," Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska said on Tuesday, criticizing Trump's actions.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also criticized the president's actions, and his threat to send in the military, in a Tuesday speech. Biden said that the U.S. was "not horses rising up on their hind legs to push back a peaceful protest. Not using the American military to move against the American people."

Newsweek reached out to the Biden campaign for comment on the poll results showing that most Americans support sending in the military but did not hear back before publication.

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