When asked, an overwhelming majority of black people said they prefer the phrase “all lives matter” to “black lives matter,” according to a recently released Rasmussen poll.
A mere 31 percent of black respondents said the term “black lives matter” aligns with their own beliefs, while 64 percent preferred “all lives matter.”
The Rasmussen poll was released on Thursday.
When asked, 78 percent of all respondents preferred “all lives matter,” along with 81 percent of white and 76 percent of non-white respondents.
Former Maryland Governor and current Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley apologized last month for responding to protesters shouting “black lives matter” by saying: “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.”
“That was a mistake on my part and I meant no disrespect,” O’Malley said.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump harshly criticized O’Malley’s apology, saying, “He apologized like a little baby, like a disgusting, little, weak, pathetic baby. And that’s the problem with our country.”
Black Lives Matter is an anti-police political movement. One of the group’s co-founder’s, Julius Jones, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that the phrase “all lives matter” is a “violent statement.”