In the immediate wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020, there was an understandable surge of support nationwide for the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement — but that support began to wane following months of explicitly anti-police protests that often devolved into violent and destructive riots.
A recent poll revealed that the favorability of BLM has declined to a point that is significantly less than the favorable perception by most Americans of the law enforcement agencies that the group so staunchly opposes, the Washington Examiner reported.
Police viewed more favorably than BLM
Such were the findings of a poll conducted by Harvard University’s Center for American Political Studies in conjunction with the Harris Poll group, which surveyed 2,006 registered voters between June 15-17.
On a question regarding the favorable or unfavorable opinions of a variety of American institutions, the BLM group was viewed favorably by 45% and unfavorably by 39% of respondents.
In comparison, police and law enforcement generally received a favorability rating of 68% and an unfavorability rating of 21%.
BLM support drops over past year
Forbes, citing a different poll in May, reported that the favorability of BLM has declined since reaching a peak shortly after Floyd had been killed by a now-convicted former Minneapolis police officer.
The poll, conducted earlier this year by Morning Consult/Politico, between May 21-24, of 2,000 registered voters, compared the current results with those of a similar poll conducted between June 6-7, 2020, and noted a steep drop-off in support for the racial identity group.
In June 2020, BLM enjoyed 61% favorability and 30% unfavorability, but after nearly a year of angry, and at times, violent, protests and riots, the numbers shifted to 48% favorability and 41% unfavorability.
More evidence of BLM’s decline
While those pollsters had found a 57% favorable opinion of BLM in June 2020, that figure had fallen to just 42% by May 2021.
Conversely, while roughly 33% of those polled had an unfavorable view of BLM in June 2020, that number increased to 45% by May 2021.
In other words, all of the polls showed made one point clear: Even if a group enjoys popular support when seizing on a concerning issue — in this case, allegations of racially motivated police brutality — that support can quickly vanish if the behavior of that group is no better, or in some instances unquestionably worse, than the behavior of those they oppose.