Poll: Most black people prefer ‘all lives matter’
Two out of three black people prefer the term “all lives matter” to “black lives matter,” according to a Rasmussen poll released Thursday.
Only 31 percent of black people surveyed said that the statement “black lives matter” most closely comports to their own beliefs, compared to 64 percent who chose “all lives matter.”
Seventy-eight percent of total respondents also chose “all lives matter,” including 81 percent of white and 76 percent of minority respondents, according to the poll.
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley drew criticism for telling a group of Black Lives Matter protestors that “all lives matter” at an event in New Hampshire last month.
O’Malley has since apologized for the claim.
“That was a mistake on my part and I meant no disrespect,” O’Malley said. “I did not mean to be insensitive in any way or communicate that I did not understand the tremendous passion, commitment and feeling and depth of feeling that all of us should be attaching to this issue.”
GOP primary front-runner Donald Trump called O’Malley a “little, weak, pathetic baby” for apologizing.
“How can you apologize when you say black lives matter — which is true — white lives matter, which is true — all lives [matter] — which is true?” Trump questioned.
Black Lives Matter is a civil rights movement that was sparked by what it sees as excessive police violence in African-American communities.
The group has chastised the slogan “all lives matter,” calling it a “violent statement.”
“And when people say ‘all lives matter,’ it’s actually a violent statement because the only time that people say ‘all lives matter’ is in opposition to Black Lives Matter and it’s the most violent statement of love that you can do,” Black Lives Matter co-founder Julius Jones told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday.
The Rasmussen poll surveyed 1,000 respondents from Aug. 17-18 and has a 3-point margin of error.