Support for Black Lives Matter is declining across the United States

A new survey shows that support for the Black Lives Matter in the U.S. has declined in the 18 months since George Floyd was killed.

In a survey conducted by Civiqs – an online polling organization affiliated with the advanced media group Daily Kos – 44 percent of respondents currently support the BLM movement.

It has fallen from the highest 52 percent of respondents who supported the BLM since the White Police killed Floyd in Minneapolis in May last year.

Meanwhile, BLM’s resistance has grown over the same period – 44 per cent are currently opposing it, more than 28 per cent in the days following Floyd’s killing.

According to the survey, 11 percent do not support or oppose BLM and 1 percent are unsure.

More than half of respondents who oppose the BLM are Caucasian and 82 percent of those in favor of the movement are black, it is clear.

The BLM was formed in 2013 after George Zimmerman, a neighborhood captain in Florida, was released from the murder of black teen Trayvon Martin.

BLM graphics showing reduced support for the movement.
BLM graphics showing reduced support for the movement.

Civiqs has been following support for the BLM since mid-2017, just before a deadly white nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The BLM recorded its lowest support at the time of that demonstration, but peaked when Floyd and other black people, including Breonna Taylor, died as part of police incidents in early 2020.

Meanwhile, with the decline in the position, the poll found no significant spike in confirmations to the BLM after Police Derek Chauvin was convicted in April of this year of killing Floyd.

The protester holds a sign supporting black students.
The lowest recorded support for the Black Lives Matter coincided with a Nationalist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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44 percent of respondents currently also oppose the BLM movement.

Support also did not increase when Wisconsin police shot a black man, Jacob Blake, last year, resulting in the deadly Kenosha riots that white teenager Kyle Rittenhouse is currently on trial for.


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