Poll: Views On Police Brutality Shift In A Major Change

Protester with a sign about Breonna Taylor
William Anderson
July 1, 2020

Sometimes all the effort we put in to make a difference can be exhausting. It may even feel like nothing is changing. Well, that’s definitely not the case!

Monuments to white supremacy are being torn down in more ways than one. You might not believe how attitudes about police have changed, too.

An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found that almost half of U.S. adults feel police violence is a “very” or “extremely” serious problem. That’s more than a 30% increase since 2015! This has major implications.

Similarly, another poll from the same source also found that 95% of U.S. adults support some kind of change to the criminal justice system. About 30% believe a complete overhaul is needed, and 40% say it needs major changes. All of this underscores something important.

Protests work! Over half of Americans polled, 54%, approve of recent protests, and more than 4 in 10 feel they’ll bring about positive change. All of this is an indicator that we’re not fighting for nothing. The agenda before us is clear.

We should keep pushing past negative perceptions! Widespread support for our cause has been seen across the globe, from the United Nations to cities that held Black Lives Matter protests of their own. It’s bigger than the U.S. A global shift is taking place, and we can be a part of it!

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