Conflict between the Proud Boys and Antifa has become a major issue in Portland, Oregon, costing local businesses an estimated $3 million last Saturday alone.
To deal with the problem, Portland is considering a law that would make it illegal for people at public demonstrations to hide their identity by wearing ski masks and other gear. A ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that 76% of voters favor such a law, including 53% who Strongly Favor it. Support comes from 84% of Republicans, 76% of Democrats, and 68% of Independents.
However, these results have little to do with the specifics of what is happening in Portland. Just 37% of voters nationwide have been following the news even somewhat closely. Only 12% are following it Very Closely.
Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters have either never heard of Antifa or don’t know enough to have an opinion of the group. Another 16% have only a soft opinion of them. The numbers are similar for the Proud Boys: 65% have either never heard of them or have no opinion and another 13% hold only a soft opinion.
Overall, 15% have a favorable opinion of Antifa and 31% hold an unfavorable view. For the Proud Boys, the numbers are 13% favorable and 23% unfavorable.
Just 7% have a Very Favorable opinion of Antifa and 23% a Very Unfavorable view.
Six percent (6%) have a Very Favorable opinion of the Proud Boys while 17% offer a Very Unfavorable opinion.
For both groups, recognition is higher among younger voters and those under 35 are fairly evenly divided in their opinions (see crosstab results).
President Trump is considering labeling Antifa as a terrorist organization. Thirty-eight percent (38%) of voters believe he has the authority to do so while 26% disagree.
The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted August 20-21, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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