A new poll conducted by Hill / HarrisX has found that 57 percent of registered voters approve of the George Floyd protests.
The poll has a +/- 1.8 margin of error.
Registered voters were asked between June 8 – 11 whether or not they approved of the nationwide demonstrations.
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According to the poll, 57 percent of registered voters approve of the protests whereas 43 percent don't support the protests.
The most likely age democraphic to support the protests is the 18-to-34 age group, which had 74 percent approval.
See the results below:
Many voters believe that the media and Democratic party were too sympathetic towards the protesters, especially when things got violent.
The riots and looting were often "excused" by many pundits as "understandable" anger.
Some conservatives pointed out that peaceful protesters over COVID-19 reopening were demonized by the media, whereas rioters and looters were protected by the media.
Could this account for the current strong support for the demonstrations?
The Hill has more details on the poll's results:
A majority of voters said they approve of the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd on May 25, a new Hill-HarrisX poll finds.
Fifty-seven percent of registered voters in the June 8-11 survey said they approved of the demonstrations, while 43 percent said they disapproved.
Younger voters were more likely than their older counterparts to support the protests.
Seventy-four percent of 18-to-34-year-olds and 61 percent of Americans age 35 to 49 said they approved of the protests, compared with 48 percent of 50-to-64-year-olds and 43 percent of voters 65 and older.
The survey found a wider divide along party lines, with 79 percent of Democrats approving and 65 percent of Republicans disapproving.
Fifty-four percent of independent voters said they approved of the protests.
When it came to race and ethnicity, 84 percent of black voters and 66 percent of Hispanics approved of the protests. White voters were evenly split at 50 percent.
"This is a very diverse moment," Keisha Blain, an author and history professor at the University of Pittsburgh, told Hill.TV, noting the different backgrounds of those who are participating and supporting the demonstrations.
"They just represent a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds, and I think that is important and certainly unique, I would say, in this particular moment," she added.
However, the protests have evolved to become more than just about George Floyd.
For example, protesters have called for radical changes such as defunding or even aboloshing the police.
Though the majority of Americans support the George Floyd protests, radical Democrats are not happy with Joe Biden's response.
In fact, liberal groups are warning Biden that he may lose the election due to his response to the situation.
Fox News reports:
More than 50 left-leaning groups signed a letter Monday to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, saying his response to protests in the wake of George Floyd's death has been “far from sufficient” -- noting his past record in the Senate and warning he could lose the election without the support of black voters.
“As the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, you have a moral responsibility in this moment,“ the letter, reported by The Washington Post, says. “Making amends for the harm you’ve caused is an important first step, but it is no longer enough.”
The letter, which claims “violence and racism pervades and defines our policing and criminal justice systems” says Biden “designed and endorsed policies that have significantly exacerbated these problems.”
“As a Senator, you not only supported but in many cases authored and championed laws that expanded mass incarceration, increased police powers, and exacerbated racial disparities in surveillance and sentencing,” the letter says. “These laws broke apart Black communities and robbed many young Black people of a future. They are a part of the history that has led us to this moment, and their ongoing fallout has contributed to the outpourings of grief and anger we are seeing today.”
The letter criticizes, in particular, Biden’s current campaign commitment to add $300 million in funding for community policing programs, and says his campaign stance of what they describe as a Harding-like “return to normalcy” is insufficient -- even going so far as to suggest that his election victory could be at risk with such a stance.
“You cannot win the election without the enthusiastic support of Black voters, and how you act in this moment of crisis will play a big role in determining how Black voters -- and all voters concerned with racial justice -- respond to your candidacy. A ‘return to normalcy’ will not suffice,” the letter reads.
The letter is signed by groups including the Bernie Sanders-linked Our Revolution, Black Votes Matter, the League of United Latin American Citizens, Working Families Party, United We Dream Action and the Sunrise Movement.
The letter is the latest demonstration of the perils Biden faces in the debate on race and policing. He needs the support of liberal groups, a number of whom have called for aggressive anti-police measures such as defunding, or even abolishing, police forces. But a number of polls suggest such radical measures are deeply unpopular with the broader electorate.
Because he's appeared to be hiding in his basement, Joe Biden has been unscathed by George Floyd and COVID-19.
But when he eventually returns to the campaign trail, voters might not like what he sees.
And when Biden and Trump are standing next to each other on the debate stage, the choice that faces America will have never been clearer!