More Americans (53%) also are more likely to say the protests “will help” public support for racial justice and equality rather than “hurt” (which 34% said).
That support is at odds with the Trump administration and Attorney General Bill Barr, who have taken an increasingly hard line against the protests.
“In the wake of George Floyd’s death violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests to wreak senseless havoc and destruction on innocent victims,” Barr said.
There’s another sign of a partisan divide, too. Republicans were least likely to report participating in a protest — just 1% did so, according to the poll, and 14% reported feeling connected to the protests’ cause.
The Point: Most Americans support the protests for racial justice, despite how the Trump administration frames it.