Marquette Law School Poll director Charles Franklin talked to Jennifer Palmieri on SHOWTIME's "The Circus" about approval for Black Lives Matter, President Trump's "law and order" message and response to protests across the nation.
JENNIFER PALMIERI, THE CIRCUS: 2016 … The blue wall: Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania. It crumbled. Clinton lost all three states. Everyone’s got the pit in their stomachs that the same thing is happening again. So what do you see happening in this state?
CHARLES FRANKLIN: We've averaged about a three to four point Biden lead but this race was decided by 0.77 percentage points … less than 23,000 votes. So a 1% race is a pretty good bet here.
CF: One interesting question will be whether there is further movement in opinion from what we saw pre-Kenosha in early August. In June, 61% of registered voters approved of the protests. Then over the course of the summer you get what the protests looked like in Milwaukee and in Madison. Those were things that were roundly condemned by both the left and the right here. But the net effect of all of that is approval of the protests dropped from 61% to 48% between June and early August. What is striking though is, we saw no shift in evaluation of how President Trump has responded to the protests. He had a 30% approval rating for protests in June, 32% in August. This has been his weak point since Charlottesville. That time, the president got about a 30% to 33% approval of handling race relations and that hasn't changed over the summer. And so this is the weakest part of the president’s portfolio, so if you want to look at the “law and order” emphasis, it's in effect saying yes this is an issue that I can't make go away but I'm going to make at least some people see it in a different light.