…trust in law enforcement and police unions has grown, while trust in Black Lives Matter has declined.
Washington, DC, March 5, 2021 — Ahead of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd, and the one year anniversary of the death of Breonna Taylor, a new USA Today/Ipsos poll shows shifting views among the American public when it comes to trust in law enforcement and Black Lives Matter, the right to protest, and the circumstances around Floyd’s death last May.
In comparison to a USA Today/Ipsos poll from last June, which was conducted as protests unfolded outside of the White House, Americans now are much less wedded to protecting the right to protest, perhaps indicating that the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th may still be fresh in people’s minds. Furthermore, trust in law enforcement and police unions has grown, while trust in Black Lives Matter has declined. Finally, when it comes to the circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd, fewer characterize it as murder, while more are simply unsure. In spite of this, a majority of Americans hope Chauvin is convicted.
1. As more Americans now wish to preserve law and order over the right to protest, they are also more trusting of law enforcement, less trusting of Black Lives Matter, and continue to support fully funding police departments.
The vast majority, 75%, disapprove of the job Congress is doing.