Months ago when the riots started and the media was gaslighting us on the violence happening at BlackLivesMatter rallies most Americans seemed to agree with what they believed the movement was doing.
That time is no more.
It turns out your average American voter is no longer sympathetic to a group of people who seek to burn down cities and destroy communities.
A new Associated Press poll finds that there has been a massive 15 point swing and that most Americans are now hostile to Black Lives Matter protests.
“The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 44% of Americans disapprove of protests in response to police violence against Black Americans, while 39% approve. In June, 54% approved. The new survey was conducted Sept. 11-14, before Wednesday’s announcement that a lone Louisville police officer would be charged in the Taylor case, but not for her actual death.”
The figures are also interesting when broken down along racial lines.
Just 35% of white Americans approve of the protests, down from 53% back in June. Just Latinos, 31% approve, compared with 44% in June.
Support for BLM amongst African-Americans has also dropped from 81% to 63%.
As Chris Menahan notes, “AP-NORC chose to exclude Latinos from their chart to make it seem like this is just a Black vs White thing.”
Support for BLM amongst Republicans has also dropped from 29% to 9%. Meanwhile, 70% of Democrats still approve of the protests, while significantly more people on both sides of the political spectrum believe the demonstrations to be “mostly or all violent.”
TOPSHOT - Oregon Police wearing anti-riot gear march towards protesters through tear gas smoke during the 100th day and night of protests against racism and police brutality in Portland, Oregon, on September 5, 2020. - Police arrested dozens of people and used tear gas against hundreds of demonstrators in Portland late on September 5 as the western US city marked 100 days since Black Lives Matter protests erupted against racism and police brutality. Protests in major US cities erupted after the death of African American George Floyd in May 2020 at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis. (Photo by Allison Dinner / AFP) (Photo by ALLISON DINNER/AFP via Getty Images)