MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers said Wednesday he has “no regrets” about how the state responded to protests that broke out in Kenosha following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
The same day, a new poll showed no change in attitudes toward Black Lives Matter protests or the presidential race even after the unrest in Wisconsin.
Evers defended his approach to Kenosha during a Milwaukee Press Club event. The Evers appearance came as the Marquette University Law School released its first poll since the Aug. 23 police shooting of Blake, which left him paralyzed and sparked three nights of sometimes violent protests.
Evers called out the Wisconsin National Guard but initially declined federal support offered by President Donald Trump. Both Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden came to Kenosha last week.
The Marquette poll showed that 47% of respondents approve of protests against police shootings, on par with 48% seen in early August. That was down from 61% in June.
Attitudes about the Black Lives Matter movement were unchanged from August, with 49% having a favorable view and 37% unfavorable.
The poll of 802 registered voters was conducted between Aug. 30 and Monday. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.