Posted on May 20, 2022

Support for Black Lives Matter Plummets Among African Americans: Poll

Khaleda Rahman, Newsweek, May 19, 2022

Support for the Black Lives Matter movement is plummeting, including among African Americans, according to a new poll.

As the country prepares to mark the second anniversary of the killing of George Floyd, which sparked a nationwide reckoning on race and policing, the University of Massachusetts Amherst survey found that support for the movement has fallen {snip}

The poll of 1,000 people, conducted by YouGov between May 5 and 9, found support for the movement’s goals had decreased from 48 percent to 31 percent.

Meanwhile, support for the movement’s strategies and tactics dropped from 40 percent to 31 percent.

Some of the steepest declines in support for the movement were found among African American respondents. Their support for the movement’s goals dropped from 67 percent to 56 percent since last April, while support for the movement’s strategies and tactics want from 65 percent to 49 percent.


“While Black Lives Matter signs still adorn lawns from coast to coast, Americans may be growing tired of the Black Lives Matter movement {snip},” said Tatishe Nteta, an associate professor of political science at UMass Amherst and the director of the poll.

The poll also found that support for police reform has declined since April last year. Support for reducing funding for state and local police departments to divert money to social services dropped seven points, from 38 percent to 31 percent {snip}