Data shows that despite an initial surge of popularity last year, Black Lives Matter has become less popular as civil unrest has continued to grip the country.
From the Post Millennial:
New data from Civiqs showed support for Black Lives Matter skyrocketing in 2020 after the police-involved deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. However, George Floyd’s death sparked massive civil unrest across the United States, and as a result, support for the movement took a steep nosedive.
The data shows that the group’s support was initially bipartisan, with support flowing in from Democrats and Republicans alike. But once the far-left elements of the movement surfaced and riots spread across the country, people began rethinking their support:
The data indicates that prior to the Nation’s civil unrest, which was most prominently seen in cities like Seattle, Portland, Wisconsin, and New York, Black Lives Matter gained Republican support after the death of George Floyd. Although because of BLM’s actions, Republican support for the movement was nearly wiped clean by 2021.
The data do show that support for #BLM has dropped substantially among whites since George Floyd's death. But it is noticeably mum about the fact that support has dropped among all other racial sub-groups, including by almost the same amount among Latinos. https://t.co/fVbmU6fW0x pic.twitter.com/LoiTVfrkWs
— Barsham (@Barsham97) May 24, 2021
On issue that was especially damaging to BLM’s reputation was its support for abolishing or defunding police departments, a stance polling shows most Americans do not support.
While the nation’s Black population is overall more likely to support the organization, BLM’s support has slipped in popularity for both Black and White Demographics:
Civiqs data also showed that minorities are more in favor of supporting Black Lives Matter than their white counterparts. However, it’s important to note that the chart shows Black Lives Matter gaining immense support from white people in 2020 but lost support in response to the civil unrest that plagued the Nation.
Minority support for Black Lives Matter also fell by 2021, although the data shows a less drastic drop than the support from white people.
The numbers largely echo those of polls that showed the group losing support by September of last year, at one point peaking at 67% support in June. But that support fell to 55% by September as riots gripped the country, a trend that has continued into 2021.
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