Nearly 2 in 3 Americans said in a new poll that they support nationwide protests for racial justice and widespread law enforcement reforms in the wake of George Floyd's death while in police custody earlier this year.
The Gallup poll released Tuesday found that 65 percent of U.S. adults support the protests, and 50 percent feel very or somewhat “connected to the cause of those protesting."
Ninety-two percent of Black Americans said they support the protests, compared to 89 percent of Asian Americans, 70 percent of Hispanics and 59 percent of white respondents
Support for the protests splits among political parties, with 95 percent of Democrats supporting the protests, and 69 percent of independents and 22 percent of Republicans agreeing.
Floyd died in May after a former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for several minutes during an arrest. The death of Floyd, as well as the death of other Black Americans, like Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky. and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, sparked months of ongoing demonstrations in the U.S.
Fifty-four percent of adults surveyed in the new poll said the protests have changed their “views on racial justice and equality.” Forty-seven percent said it has not changed their view at all.
That percentage spiked particularly among Asian American adults, with 74 percent saying that the demonstrations have changed their view on racial justice either "a lot" or "a little." Sixty-six percent of adults under the age of 30 said their views have changed as did the same percentage of Democrats.
By comparison, 64 percent of Republicans said their views on racial justice have not changed “at all” amid the ongoing protests. Fifty-five percent of adults between 50 and 64 years old agreed.
The majority of adults sampled — 53 percent — also said that the protests will help “public support for racial justice and equality.” Thirty-four percent said the demonstrations would hurt the public support, and 13 percent said it would make no difference.
The web-based poll of 36,463 U.S. adults, conducted between June 23 and July 6, has a margin of error of 1.4 percentage points. The margins of error for white, Hispanic, Black and Asian American survey respondents were 1.6, 6.6, 6.4 and 8.8 percentage points, respectively.