“Essentially, the beginning of the movement for Black lives for many years was a movement of Black people vs. the police,” Woodbury says.
“The country is becoming more diverse, but not so much because of African Americans,” Frey says.
Whites remain considerably less likely than African Americans to agree with such sentiments and on these questions stark differences still separate the parties.
Polls this spring have consistently found that support for the protests and discontent over police behavior are greatest among young adults.
But lackluster turnout — fewer than half of eligible adults younger than 30 voted in 2016 — has diluted their impact so far.