A new Gallup poll has found that positive ratings of relations between black Americans and white Americans have reached the lowest point in more than two decades of measuring the statistic.
“Currently, 42% of Americans say relations between the two groups are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ good, while 57% say they are ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ bad,” Gallup reported.
A significant shift occurred in 2013, which The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra noted is when the Black Lives Matter movement began.
Black Lives Matter was created in 2013. https://t.co/xgMaz1odpF
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 22, 2021
Gallup acknowledged the correlation between the decline in positive ratings for race relations and the rise of groups like BLM following police shootings. That is not to say these groups necessarily caused or contributed to the worsening relations.
“As recently as 2001, 70% of U.S. adults rated Black-White relations positively,” according to Gallup.
“That changed after several high-profile killings of unarmed Black people by police officers around the U.S. These incidents precipitated the formation of multiple social justice movements that remain active today.”
The polling organization highlighted that while white Americans have tended to assess race relations more positively than black Americans, both groups have become more pessimistic of late.
Nearly half of black Americans and a slim majority of white Americans rated them positively as recently as 2016.
It’s dropping on both sides: pic.twitter.com/nmwFGCMp85
— Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) July 22, 2021
Overall a majority of Americans are optimistic about the future of race relations.
“Fifty-seven percent of U.S. adults currently say a solution to the problem of Black-White relations will eventually be worked out and race relations will not always be a problem, while 40% disagree and say it will always be a problem,” Gallup reported.
However, black Americans are far less optimistic than the population as a whole.
“Currently, there is a 20-point gap between Black adults (40%) and White adults (60%) that a solution to racial discord in U.S. society is possible,” the polling organization reported.
“This is the largest gap recorded in Gallup’s three-decade trend.”
Black Lives Matter Movement condemns the killing of African American innocent people, and it also supports peaceful protests.
https://t.co/NfUDtHsmeW#peacefulprotest #justiceforgeorgefloyd #solidarity #policeviolence #Peacemustprevail #blmmovement #BLM #blackandproud✊? pic.twitter.com/4gwaoOSnbv
— Black Lives Matter Movement (@BlackLivesMtrCA) July 27, 2020
The poll was conducted from June 1 to July 5 with a random sample of 1,381 adults, ages 18+, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. It reported a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points.