Support for Black Lives Matter has dropped among Americans since unrest flared after George Floyd’s death, new poll finds
- New survey finds 55 per cent of Americans back Black Lives Matter
- That number is down from 67 per cent who supported movement in June
- Among African Americans, support for Black Lives Matter is unchanged
- Some 86 per cent of blacks support BLM, new survey finds
- But there is a drop among blacks who say they strongly support BLM
- In June, 71 per cent of African Americans said they strongly supported BLM
- Today, just 62 per cent of black adults said they strongly backed BLM, poll finds
Fewer white and Hispanic Americans are supporting Black Lives Matter while African American backing for the movement remains virtually unchanged, according to a new poll.
A majority of Americans – 55 per cent – express at least some support for the movement, which is down from 67 per cent in June, a new survey by Pew Research Center shows.
The number of American adults who say they strongly support the movement has also dropped from 38 per cent in June to 29 per cent.
The previous survey was taken in the days and weeks following the May 25 police-involved death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Black Lives Matter supporters march to the George Washington Bridge in Globe Park, New York, on September 12. A new Pew Research Center poll finds that a drop in the number of Americans who back the movement
Pew’s latest findings were taken in the aftermath of the police shooting of 29-year-old black man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Among African Americans, support for BLM remains strong. In June, 87 per cent of blacks said they backed the movement.
The latest survey puts the figure at 86 per cent.
Notably, the poll found a drop of African American adults who say they strongly support BLM. In June, 71 per cent said they strongly supported it, though now 62 per cent say the same.
Pew found that it is among whites and Hispanics that backing for BLM has wavered.
Among white adults, 60 per cent said they supported BLM back in June. That number has now dropped to less than half – 45 per cent.
In June, 77 per cent of Hispanic adults said they supported BLM. The latest findings show that number has slipped to 66 per cent today.
Among Asian Americans, backing for BLM has dropped slightly from 75 per cent to 69 per cent.
Support for BLM also brings down sharply along partisan lines. Just 19 per cent of Republicans said they somewhat supported the movement.
Meanwhile, 88 per cent of Democrats said the same.
Broken down into race, 88 per cent of white Democrats expressed at least some support for BLM while just 16 per cent of white Republicans say the same.
A little more than half – 51 per cent – of white Democrats said they strongly support BLM, while just 2 per cent of white Republicans said the same.
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