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New Poll Results Show Support For Black Lives Matter Has Tanked As Opposition Increases

Oakland, CA – Polls conducted by the online survey organization Civiqs showed that support for the Black Lives Matter movement has dropped in the 18 months since George Floyd died in the custody of the Minneapolis police.

In May of 2020, 52 percent of respondents told Civiqs that they supported Black Lives Matter, the New York Post reported.

However, by Nov. 16 of this year, only 44 percent of those polled said they supported Black Lives Matter.

Conversely, opposition to Black Lives Matter has grown in that same time period, up from just 28 percent who opposed it right after Floyd was killed to 44 percent who opposed it in November, according to the Civiqs poll.

Eleven percent of respondents said they neither supported nor opposed Black Lives Matter in November and one percent of those polled remained unsure, the New York Post reported.

The poll showed that 82 percent of black respondents supported Black Lives Matter.

And more than half of the people who opposed Black Lives matter in the latest poll were white, according to the Civiqs poll.

Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted of the murder of 17-year-old Treyvon Martin in Florida, the New York Post reported.

Civiqs is affiliated with the progressive media group called Daily Kos.

It has been tracking support for Black Lives Matter since shortly before the deadly Unite the Right white supremacist rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The lowest support ever for the Black Lives Matter movement was tracked around the time of that rally, the New York Post reported.

However, support for Black Lives Matter spiked dramatically in 2020 after the deaths of Breonna Taylor and Floyd.

Interestingly, Civiqs polling did not find that support for the Black Lives Matter movement peaked after former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering Floyd, the New York Post reported.

Nor was there an increase in support for Black Lives Matter after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, an event that sparked riots that led to the shootings for which 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse is currently facing trial, according to Civiqs.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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