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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

What America Thinks: Black Lives vs. Blue Lives

Which movement currently taking shape in America resonates with citizens more—Black Lives Matter, fighting to protect blacks from perceived police injustice, or Blue Lives Matter, fighting for the safety of police officers? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Most voters have an unfavorable opinion of the Black Lives Matter movement which formed in the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri protests two years ago. Just 26% think the movement actually supports reforms to ensure all Americans are treated fairly under the law.

By comparison, 54% of voters would support a so-called “Blue Lives Matter” law in their state that categorizes attacks on police and first responders as a hate crime and increases the penalties for such attacks. Americans give the police in their area overwhelmingly positive ratings and believe there is a war on police these days.

Just 20% of voters, in fact, think police discrimination against minorities is a bigger problem than the level of crime in low-income inner city communities today. Seventy percent (70%) see inner city crime as the bigger problem. Forty-one percent (41%) agree the justice system is unfair to black Americans, although whites are far less likely to believe that than blacks. Among all voters, even more (48%) feel the U.S. system of justice is unfair to most Americans, regardless of their race.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.