Almost two out of three likely voters now have a "favorable opinion" of BLM, according to a Rasmussen poll conducted June 3–4. The poll of 1,000 likely U.S. voters shows support for the group swelled nearly 170% from a similar poll conducted in 2016.
The group is making news in Seattle where it has teamed up with Antifa to take over six city blocks while Seattle police officers and National Guard soldiers stand down.
President Trump is labeling these protesters in Seattle domestic terrorists.
"Domestic terrorists have taken over Seattle, run by radical left Democrats, of course," tweeted Trump on Thursday. "LAW & ORDER!"
Domestic terrorists have taken over Seattle, run by radical left Democrats, of course. LAW & ORDER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2020
While support for BLM from black voters dwarfs that from white voters, the poll reveals that the majority of black voters do not support BLM. Only 49% of likely black voters favor BLM as compared to 28% of likely white voters.
The intensity of support from Democrats predictably vastly outweighs that from Republicans. The poll shows 49% of Democrats "are far more likely to have a very favorable opinion" of BLM compared to only 17% of Republicans.
The poll further revealed the surge in support is a recent phenomenon for many and followed the protests seemingly sparked by the death of George Floyd.
"Thirty percent (30%) of all voters say they have a more favorable view of Black Lives Matter following the recent protests," the poll reported. But just as many (30%) now have a less favorable view while 38% are unchanged, according to the poll.
In the current protest in Seattle, a huge BLM mural is being painted on a street in what's being called the "Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone" (CHAZ). This is the six city blocks in Seattle now controlled by BLM protesters and black-shirted Antifa members.
In a Tweet that has since been removed, Trump identified these protesters as "anarchists" and called on Washington's Democratic governor, Jay Inslee, and Seattle's Democratic mayor, Jenny Durkan, to take back control of this occupied section of Seattle.
"Radical left governor @JayInslee and the mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great country has never seen before," tweeted Trump. "Take back your city NOW. If you don't do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!"
Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2020
Big media is pushing the narrative that these protests represent a grassroots uprising against racism. But BLM is neither grassroots nor even American. It was founded by Marxist revolutionaries in 2013 following the death of Trayvon Martin. Martin was a black teen, who died from a gunshot wound he sustained while attacking a white neighborhood watchman.
The group also receives international funding from leftist billionaire George Soros and his Open Society Foundation. Soros is also known to fund an assortment of leftist causes including abortion, LGBT activism and open borders.
It's somewhat of an anomaly that voters support BLM, as the leftist group is calling for police departments to be defunded nationwide and the money given to social services. This flies contrary to the fact that a recent poll shows "most voters are opposed to cutting their local police budget."
Support for BLM grows largely owing to actions taken by the media. Besides the mainstream media characterizing BLM as a grassroots effort, there's also a media bias towards those speaking out against BLM. The UK's Free Speech Union (FSU) listed the "staggering number" of people facing either forced resignations or calls for termination simply for criticizing BLM. An "alarming" number of people are losing their jobs simply for speaking critically of BLM, reported FSU.
Black conservative commentator Candace Owens has made it clear she does not support BLM for a variety of reasons. One such reason is the group isn't concerned with unborn black babies.
"I will not, whatsoever, ever take Black Lives Matter seriously because if black lives mattered," remarked Owens, "we would be talking about abortion ... which has murdered 17 million black babies since its inception."