Poll Shows Support for Black Lives Matter Movement Has Seen Major Decline Over Past Three Months

Support for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement among US residents has seen a decrease over the last three months, according to a new poll.

In a new survey from the Pew Research Centre, 55 per cent of US adults said they either strongly or somewhat supported BLM, compared to 67 per cent who answered the same in June, just weeks after protests against police brutality and racial violence were reignited.

The movement was launched in 2013, following the acquittal of George Zimmerman in Trayvon Martin’s fatal shooting, but reached national attention again in May 2020, following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd while in police custody.

Mr Floyd’s death sparked protests in every state across the US in opposition to police brutality and racial injustice, with demonstrations still continuing in some states this month.

The Pew Research Centre survey also found that those who said that they strongly supported the movement had decreased from 38 per cent in June, to 29 per cent in September.

Since June, police have clashed with demonstrators at some BLM protests, and there have been various reports of violence, vandalism and looting, but a recent study found that a majority of the demonstrations have been conducted peacefully and without incident.

The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED) analysed more than 7,750 BLM protests across the US, and found that 93 per cent of the demonstrations were peaceful.

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SOURCE: The Independent, James Crump