Widespread Support for Protests



Day 85: Stay Safe Minnesota

Recent polls reflect, there is widespread support for the Black Lives Matter protests movement in the US.

In The New York Times, reporters Nate Cohn and Kevin Quealy write: “How Public Opinion Has Moved on Black Lives Matter. American public opinion can sometimes seem stubborn. Voters haven’t really changed their views on abortion in 50 years. Donald J. Trump’s approval rating among registered voters has fallen within a five-point range for just about every day of his presidency. But the Black Lives Matter movement has been an exception from the start.

In ABC News, Mariya Moseley writes: “The quiet army supporting Black Lives Matter protests. As mass protests continue across the United States nearly three weeks after George Floyd’s death, a quiet army of supporters has been mobilizing to help aid demonstrators marching in the streets.Whether it’s feeding, housing or driving protesters home, some say they’re using whatever resources they have to help move the needle forward and support the Black Lives Matter movement.”

In Pew Research Center, Kim Parker, Juliana Menasce Horowitz and Monica Anderson write: “Amid Protests, Majorities Across Racial and Ethnic Groups Express Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Deep partisan divides over factors underlying George Floyd demonstrations.

Image Source: Pew Research Center

In CNN, reporter Grace Sparks writes: “About two-thirds support the recent Black Lives Matter protests over police brutality and discrimination in the US, and there’s agreement on a wide variety of proposals on how to reform the nation’s police departments, recent polls show.”

“A Kaiser Family Foundation poll out Thursday found 64% of Americans supported the recent protests against police violence, including 86% of Democrats, 67% of independents and 36% of Republicans. Support for the protests is seen across racial lines, with 84% of blacks, 64% of Hispanics and 61% of whites in support.”

This note post is part of learning race & inequality in US series inspired by recent protests in US and around the world. Cover image source: Screenshot from MPR News.

Coronavirus Pandemic Watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of June 17, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 31,296 (out of 448,587 tested) with 1,325 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of June 18, 6:30 a.m.) there are 2,163,290 confirmed covid19 infection with 117,717 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 8,373,746 with 449,512 deaths.