BLM Protests, Trump and Public Reaction

Protesters at a BLM RallyThe BLM protests have taken over the media, giving some people hope, and terrifying others. Public reactions to the protests range from hope for the future to disgust at the behavior through to bewilderment of the reasons for the protests.

Embee decided to see who thinks what, and why. We created a short survey to our already-profiled panel using ResearchDesk™. From mid-afternoon to the end of the day on June 4, we got 1960 survey answers to 11 questions.

The survey asked about attitudes to Donald Trump, the Black Lives Matter movement, the November 2020 election and to racism in general.

Here are some of the things we found out:

  • Although the 18-24 age group shows the least amount of satisfaction with Donald Trump, they were the age group most likely to report an increase in satisfaction with Trump before and after the killing of George Floyd. Overall, satisfaction with Donald Trump decreased around the George Floyd killing, with all respondent cohorts showing a lower share of respondents who were very satisfied. However, 1-in-6 of the 18-24 age group increased their satisfaction level with Trump, more than any other age group.
  • Gender does not seem to be a factor. In many surveys, especially around matters on politics and conscience, it would be expected to find notable differences between the genders. However, in the matters of Black Lives Matter, and satisfaction with Trump, there were few radical differences.
  • Table showing gender and age group compared to satisfaction indexes with President Trump against all respondents

  • Optimism about reaching racial equality declines with age. The younger the respondent, the shorter the timeframe selected to Q9 (When do you think that we might realize racial equality?). 58% of 18-24’s think that racial equality has been realized or will be ‘in the next few years’. For the 45s and over, this is just 38%. 41% of respondents aged 45+ (excluding ‘Unsure’) said that racial equality would never be realized. Just 22% of A18-24 said the same.
  • Chart showing that young people are more likely to be optimistic about an early end to racial bias

  • More than half of non-whites claimed to experience racial bias at least monthly. 54% of non-white respondents claimed to experience racial bias at least daily (20% daily, 14% weekly, 20% monthly). However, 36% of White respondents claimed to have experienced racial bias, which indicates that the question was likely interpreted by respondents as including witnessing third-party racial bias.
  • Table showing that black and mixed race repondents claim to experience racial bias more often than non-whites

  • No cohort, not even Republicans or those declaring to vote for Trump, had a net satisfaction of the government’s response to the protests. Net satisfaction about the government response (counted as responses that were somewhat or very satisfied less those that were somewhat or very dissatisfied) was negative 26%. There was not one group with a positive net satisfaction, except for a +1% satisfaction among those who were already ‘very satisfied’ with President Trump. Republican affiliates had a net satisfaction of negative 19%, Democrats: negative 34%; November Trump vote intenders: negative 20%.
  • Chart showing net satisfaction with government response by various demographic cohorts

  • Ignorance, poor political leadership and poverty are the main reasons people believe racial bias exists. For every ethnic group, Ignorance was the most blamed reason for racial bias, with the second and third most selected answers being poverty and poor political leadership. The only exceptions were within the Black ethnic group where Slavery just took the third place (49%) ahead of Poverty (47%).
  • Chart showing reasons different ethnic groups assigned to the causes of racial bias

  • Ethnic groups were unified in choosing Equal Rights, Ending Racial Profiling and Education as the three main solutions to racial bias. No matter what the racial group, these three solutions were the top three solutions. For Black, Mixed and ‘other’ ethnic groups, the top answer was Equal Rights (72%, 61% and 56% respectively). For Whites it was ending racial profiling (52%) and Asians’ top answer was Education (62%). 13% of respondents selected None, indicating that they thought there was no solution.
  • Chart showing the reasons chosen to solve racial bias, segmented by racial group

ResearchDesk™ provides the ability to get large, high quality, survey respondents in a short period of time though an exclusive mobile panel. This survey was created in 1 hour, fielded for 12.5 hours, and cost $1300. Check it out at researchdesk.io.