The results of the survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, gave devastating results about the population’s support for the BLM protests. In June the same poll reported 54% support but three months later it was no more than 39%.
The survey was conducted at the University of Chicago between Sept. 11 and 14, and the results confirmed an impressive drop in public support for the Black Lives Matter protests. The protests began with a call against police violence and quickly escalated into violent riots that have ravaged urban areas across the country, causing fires, looting, destruction of historic monuments, and injured police officers.
The survey was conducted on the basis of 1,108 adults and has a margin of error of 4 percent. When participants were asked: In general terms, do you approve, disapprove or neither approve or disapprove of the protests led by BLM? 44% of respondents said they disapprove of protests and only 39% approve.
This marks a substantial decline in support for the Black Lives Matter protests from the same survey three months ago. When the same poll organization asked the same question in June, 54% of respondents said they approved of the protests, while only 32% said they did not.
Although some incidents of police violence against African Americans were added between June and September and protests continued throughout the summer, the latest AP-NORC poll indicates a drop in support for the protests.
Another interesting fact shown by the survey is that opinions on the protests differ according to party identification: 70% of Democrats approve of them and 75% of Republicans disapprove. This partisan difference emerges even among white Americans: 72% of white Democrats approve of the protests, while only 9% of white Republicans agree.
In turn, Democrats are more likely than Republicans to say that the protests were generally peaceful. Once again, partisan differences remain, even among white Americans.
This last fact is no doubt understandable from the coverage of the protests by the Democrat-friendly media, which has repeatedly been denounced for its complicity in avoiding showing the scenes of violence by the protesters and always under a discourse that aims to blame the police forces for any kind of incident, even suggesting the defunding of the forces.