Support for Black Lives Matter Dropped 13 Points in Wisconsin in One Poll — Before Shooting of Jacob Blake and Riots

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New polling suggests support for Black Lives Matter dropped by 13 points in Wisconsin between June and early August — while a net positive approval rating of +25 completely evaporated.

The survey data collected by Marquette Law School indicated 48 percent of Wisconsin residents surveyed between August 8-9 approved of Black Lives Matter, with 48 percent saying they disapproved. That was a shift from 61 percent who said they approved between June 14-18, next to 36 percent who said they disapproved.

The data was released on Wednesday, but collected before the August 23 shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rioting in subsequent days has led to the destruction of dozens of businesses in the city and at least two deaths. Riots similarly erupted in Minnesota on Thursday after a murder suspect allegedly killed himself in Minneapolis as police pursued him.

Marquette’s polling also indicated a stark divide along racial lines. Of white respondents surveyed, 45 percent said they approved of the BLM movement, compared to 78 percent of Black and Hispanic respondents who said they approved.

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