A strong plurality of voters believe that, “In potentially dangerous situations, police should resort to deadly force…” More Often. 44 percent of voters say that police should use deadly force more often with just 30 percent saying less often. Among Trump voters it is 58 percent to 16 percent. 34 percent of Clinton voters advocate more often with 42 percent less often.
There is a massive generational divide with young voters advocating less deadly force and a monotonically increasing call for deadly force from older voters. 54 percent of 18-24 year old think less deadly force with just 25 advocating more. When you reach greater than 54 year olds, that number is basically reversed with 25 percent advocating less and 48 percent advocating more.
While there are serious racial differences, age is a much more important factor in how people answer this question. 18-24 year old White voters are still 47 percent for less deadly force and 25 percent for more. Among African-Americans and Hispanics it is 70 percent and 62 percent respectively for less deadly force in that age group. As you reach greater than 54 year olds, African-American and Hispanic voters are basically split with a small plurality of African-Americans favoring less force and a small plurality of Hispanic voters favoring more force.
Tobias Konitzer is a PhD candidate in communication at Stanford University. Find him on Twitter @KonitzerTobias.
Sam Corbett-Davies is a PhD candidate at Stanford University in computer science. Find him on Twitter @scorbettdavies.
David Rothschild is an economist at Microsoft Research. Find him on Twitter @DavMicRot.