While on the campaign trail last year, Vice President Kamala Harris regularly expressed her support for Black Lives Matter (BLM).
But while Harris may be a fan of BLM, new polling data suggests that a growing number of Americans may be falling out of favor with the movement.
The latest figures
A Wednesday report from conservative journalist Michael Austin cited an online survey by Civiqs that’s been active for the last three years. To date, the poll has garnered some 240,000 responses on the question of whether respondents “support or oppose the Black Lives Matter movement.”
At its peak, the movement had the “net” support of 24% in the poll. That figure came just after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
Now, according to Austin’s report, BLM is sitting at a net favorability rating of just 2%, with 43% of respondents saying they oppose the movement, compared to 45% who said they backed it. Eleven percent of those polled indicated that they neither supported nor opposed BLM.
Crunching the numbers
Austin noted that the most dramatic fall-off in support occurred among independent voters, among whom BLM has a net favorability rating of -8 points.
Meanwhile, Republican and Democratic voters are mirror opposites of each other, with 86% of Republicans indicating that they oppose the movement, and 86% of Democrats signaling that they support it.
When the results are broken down by levels of education, both college graduates and those without a college degree are closely split. The only group to clearly favor BLM are those with postgraduate education.
Perceptions of BLM also varied by gender, with 52% of women indicating their support, while only 37% of men said the same, according to the poll.
The growing opposition to BLM likely has at least something to do with violence seen across the U.S. last summer that many attributed to the movement. Last August, during unrest that came in opposition to alleged police brutality in Chicago, looters even attacked a Ronald McDonald House, a charity that helps families with children who are undergoing medical treatment.
Rather than condemn the chaos, Chicago Black Lives Matter organizer Ariel Atkins endorsed it during an interview with NPR, saying that she will “support the looters ‘till the end of the day,” according to a local news report.
According to the New York Post, Vice President Harris said in September 2020, “I actually believe that ‘Black Lives Matter’ has been the most significant agent for change within the criminal justice system.” Nearly a year later, Americans don’t seem as enthusiastic.