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Poll: Most Americans supported charges against officers in Freddie Gray death

Poll: Majority of Americans supported charges against officers

In the days immediately following the announcement of charges against six Baltimore police officers in Freddie Gray's death, a majority of Americans said they supported the decision, a poll found.

Sixty-five percent of people polled said State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby made the "right decision" in charging the officers, according to the Pew Research Center.

Mosby announced the charges May 1. Pew conducted the survey of 798 adults between May 1 and May 3.

Opinions were split based upon both race and political affiliation – but the partisan divide was much sharper.

Nearly 80 percent of blacks and 60 percent of whites said charging the officers was the right decision, the poll found.

Seventy-five percent of Democrats, 71 percent of independents and 45 percent of Republicans supported the decision to charge.

Pew also found "significant differences between Republicans and Democrats in their views of the factors behind the unrest in Baltimore."

For instance, nearly half of Democrats said poverty and lack of opportunities contributed a great deal to the unrest, compared to 30 percent of Republicans.

The survey also explored public confidence in the investigation into Gray's death and people's opinion on news coverage of the Baltimore protests.

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