74% of Republicans Believe Anti-Racism Protests Hurt Public Support for Racial Equality—Most Other Groups Disagree

Seventy-four percent of Republicans say the ongoing protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody will hurt public support for racial justice and equality, while a majority of other groups disagree, a new poll reports.

According to the Gallup survey, 33 percent of independents and only 4 percent of Democrats agree with Republicans that the demonstrations will hurt such support. By comparison, 84 percent of Democrats, 53 percent of independents and only 13 percent of Republicans say the protests will help support racial justice and equality.

The poll surveyed 36,463 U.S. adults from June 23 to July 6 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points. Newsweek reached out to the Republican National Committee for comment on the poll's findings but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Majorities in different racial and age groups agree with most Democrats and independents that the protests will help support racial justice and equality. Seventy-eight percent of young adults between 18 and 29 said they will help, as did 58 percent of those between 30 and 49.

On the other hand, 46 percent of respondents between 50 and 64, as well as 43 percent of those 65 and older, say that the protests will hurt public support.

According to the poll, most people of different races believe the protests will help public support for racial justice and equality, with 49 percent of white adults, 70 percent of Black adults, 83 percent of Asian adults and 56 percent of Hispanic adults saying so. Across all U.S. adults, the poll found 53 percent said the protests helped, 34 percent said they hurt and 13 percent said they make no difference.

This poll also found that young adults between 18 and 29 were most likely to say they participated in a protest about racial justice and equality in the past 30 days, with 26 percent saying they have done so. Asian adults and Democrats were the next most likely, with 20 percent of both groups saying they have participated in the past 30 days.

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People gather to protest in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in downtown Portland on July 27 as the Oregon city experiences another night of unrest. Spencer Platt/Getty

Additionally, the poll found that a majority of Americans support the ongoing protests following Floyd's death and feel connected to them. Sixty-five percent said they are supportive, while 50 percent said they feel very or somewhat connected.

Democrats and Black adults were most likely to say they support the protests, with 95 and 92 percent saying so, respectively.

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