What impact do Black Americans believe the Black Lives Matter protests will have?

Linley SandersData Journalist
November 02, 2020, 3:45 PM UTC

A CBS/BET poll conducted by YouGov finds that most Black likely voters believe that the Black Lives Matter movement will ultimately make progress in ending discrimination against Black people. 

The survey shows that younger Black Americans are more optimistic than the older generations that the Black Lives Matter movement will make “a lot of progress” ending discrimination. One-third (32%) of 18-to 29-year-old Black likely voters believe the movement will lead to a lot of progress, compared to a quarter (23%) of 30-to 44-year-olds and just 15% of those over 45-years-old.  

About three-quarters (74%) of Black likely voters overall believe that the Black Lives Matter movement will make at least some progress in ending discrimination.  

There are some elements of the Black Lives Matter that are unifying across age groups. About four in five (82%) Black likely voters overall agree with the ideas expressed by the Black Lives Matter movement, and most (55%) think recent protests will ultimately be effective in their goal of changing police treatment of Black people. 

Related: Black voters enthusiastically back Joe Biden, but age gaps exist in his firewall 

See the toplines and crosstabs from this CBS News/BET Poll 

Methodology: This survey was conducted by YouGov on behalf of BET and CBS News using a nationally representative sample of 1,146 Black registered voters interviewed online between October 13-19, 2020. The margin of error among registered voters is ±3.4 percentage points. 

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