James Crowley, Newsweek, March 6, 2021
Ahead of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial for the death of George Floyd, a new poll by USA Today and Ipsos found that 64 percent of Black people surveyed considered Floyd’s death a murder, while only 28 percent of white people believed the same.
According to Ipsos, the poll surveyed 1,165 Americans, 788 of whom were white, while only 178 were Black, on March 1 and 2. In total, the poll found that only 36 percent of Americans believed Floyd’s death was murder—far fewer than who believed that it was when the same question was posed in June 2020 shortly after Floyd’s May 25 death. The same poll conducted on June 8 and 9, 2020 showed that 60 percent of Americans felt that Floyd’s death was murder.
The Total Trust Summary shows that trust in Biden and all the organizations except Black Lives Matter have increased since June. For example, trust in local law enforcement increased from 56 percent in June to 69 percent in March, and trust in police unions increased from 40 percent in June to 52 percent in March.
Meanwhile, trust in the Black Lives Matter movement appears to have decreased, in which 60 percent of Americans trusted the organization in June and now only 50 percent do.