Net Support for Black Lives Matter Plummets Following Months of Nationwide Riots
The immediate surge in net support for the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd has completely evaporated, and is now lower than before his death.
The movement has seen net support (more approval than disapproval) since early 2018, and saw its largest spike up six points to 24% net support in the immediate aftermath of the death of George Floyd. The movement also saw support grow after video of the non-police shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery went viral.
Now despite that surge in support, months of rioting has completely unwound those gains, and the movement is viewed 11% net favorably. That’s down significantly from 18% on the day of Floyd’s death. The more recent Jacob Blake shooting appears to have had no impact on support for the movement.
Overall the Black Lives Matter movement has gained support following recent events – but has gained more opposition than support, hence the decline in net favorability.
Interestingly, support for parts of the black lives matter platform have not increased. Over three quarters of people oppose defunding the police, as does every racial demographic on net. It’s entirely possible that many of those voicing support for Black Lives Matter agree with the organization’s name (as does practically everyone) but aren’t aware of the group’s radical goals. After all, the media does do everything they possibly can to excuse BLM’s wrongdoings and portray them as a civil rights group instead of an anti-law enforcement Marxist group. Still, those paying attention are now opposing the group, as is evident in net support for BLM falling faster than Biden’s poll numbers.
While the media has repeated in unison the Orwellian term “mostly peaceful” in describing nationwide protests that turned into riots, practically any event that turns violent can be described as “mostly peaceful,” even battles during war.
Some researchers did at least put in some work recently to quantify just how “mostly” peaceful they really were. In a headline that I couldn’t help but burst out laughing at, The Hill reported that “Over 90 percent of protests this summer were peaceful” The report found that about 220 became violent, but “in more than 93% of all demonstrations connected to the movement, demonstrators have not engaged in violence or destructive activity.” I’m not sure who determined that 7% of total protests is the acceptable threshold for riots, looting, and murder, but here we are.
“220 protests turn violent” sounds damning, and the phrasing that only 7% ended up violent is clearly to obfuscate this reality. It would be just as asinine as pointing out that the typical serial killer spends 99.9% of their time not killing anyone – or that after an army was literally decimated they’re still operating at 90% strength.
None of the people justifying protests with the 7% figure applies their logic consistently either.Take police brutality, the issue they claim to be fighting as an example. The percent of calls that officers respond to that turn violent (rarely due to anything the officer did wrong) is a fraction of a fraction of a percent, but they would never excuse it on that basis.