Support for Black Lives Matter has plunged to its lowest degree, nearly utterly dividing the nation — with nearly all of Americans satisfied it’s executed nothing to enhance black individuals’s lives, based on a brand new ballot.
The Pew Research Center discovered that simply 51% of Americans even “considerably” help the controversial activist group — a pointy decline from the 67% who backed it three years in the past, on the top of the George Floyd protests.
Of these, solely 22% “strongly help” the scandal-scarred activist group.
Worse, solely a paltry 8% of the greater than 5,000 polled assume BLM’s high-profile work has been extremely efficient at enhancing the lives of black individuals, whereas a majority, 57%, assume it’s not helped in any respect.
Even fewer, simply 7%, assume BLM has been very efficient at serving to race relations, whereas 61% assume it’s not helped.
In truth, just below a 3rd, 32%, thought BLM has been notably efficient at even bringing consideration to racism — with almost the identical, 30%, believing it’s executed nothing.
Only a couple of quarter — 26% — assume BLM is “empowering,” whereas a mere 18% view it as “inclusive.”
Instead, round a 3rd of Americans, 33%, describe BLM as “harmful” — with barely extra, 34%, calling it “divisive.”
The Pew Research Center famous that the plunging help comes 10 years after the Black Lives Matter hashtag first appeared on-line.
However, Pew’s information solely began in 2020, when BLM’s affect exploded after Floyd, 46, was murdered underneath the knee of a Minneapolis cop in May 2020, sparking months of riotous protests throughout town.
Since then, nevertheless, the BLM Global Network Foundation has confronted a fierce backlash, with offshoot teams — and even households of individuals it was supposed to assist — accusing it of holding again the $90 million it has collected, whereas paying hundreds of thousands to execs and their households and mates.
Co-founder and longtime chief Patrisse Cullors stepped down two years in the past amid these mounting controversies — together with her use of donated cash to purchase multimillion-dollar properties, equivalent to a swanky Southern California residence used for events.
She later trashed the $90 million donated to her group as “white guilt cash.”
Despite the scandals, the Pew ballot — taken in April — means that 81% of black Americans a minimum of “considerably” help BLM, with round half of these expressing sturdy help.
In sharp distinction, solely 17% of white individuals polled strongly help the group, with simply 42% expressing any help in any respect.
Most Americans displaying help for the group have been youthful, with 64% of these underneath age 29 saying they a minimum of “considerably” help BLM, in comparison with simply 41% age 65 or older.
The sharpest division, nevertheless, got here alongside get together traces — with simply 17% of Republicans displaying any help, in comparison with 84% of Democrats.
Of these Dems, 40% strongly supported the group versus simply 5% of Republicans expressing comparable emotions.
Instead, a majority of Republicans — 59% — mentioned BLM was greatest described as “harmful,” with 54% saying it was greatest described as “divisive.” Only 11% mentioned it was “empowering.”
BLM Global Network Foundation didn’t instantly return messages in search of remark Thursday.