Chart of the Day: White vs. Black on Ferguson

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Earlier today I linked to an Ed Kilgore post suggesting that polarization over Ferguson was even worse than polls suggest. And that may be true. But as you can see in the chart on the right, the polls are still pretty damn bad.

A new ABC/Washington Post poll shows that among whites, 58 percent approve of the grand jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, while 35 percent disapprove. That’s a net approval rating of +23 percent. Among blacks, 9 percent approve and 85 percent disapprove. That’s a net approval rating of -76 percent. It’s hard to imagine a much more polarizing result than that.

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