Voters in California support the Black Lives Matter movement by a more than two-to-one margin and the proportion who say they are very concerned about race relations in the Golden State has nearly tripled in the last decade.

Those are among the key takeaways of a new poll from UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies.

According to the poll, 63% of voters have a favorable view of the movement, while 30% view it unfavorably, and 49% are extremely concerned about race relations, up from a paltry 14% 10 years ago. Another 34% of voters say they are at least somewhat concerned. Seven out of 10 voters believe Black residents are more likely than white residents to suffer violence at the hands of police, and 67% think Latinx residents are also more likely than white residents to experience police violence.

While an overwhelming 92% of Black voters think Black people are more likely to experience police violence and 83% see the Black Lives Matter movement in a favorable light, majorities of white, Latinx and Asian American voters also feel the same way.

“The findings show that Californians are concerned about racial disparities in the state, especially as they relate to policing and law enforcement in Black and Latino communities,” Cristina Mora, co-director of the institute, said in a statement.

There are deep partisan divides, however. While 86% of Democrats see the Black Lives Matter movement favorably, just 15% of Republicans say the same. Virtually all very liberal voters — 98% — see the movement favorably while just 18% of very conservative voters feel that way. Among moderates, 62% view the movement favorably while 28% view it unfavorably.

The polling — conducted from July 21-27 in English and Spanish among 8,328 registered voters — comes after a summer in which hundreds of thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters have taken to streets in cities across the country to demand that police be held accountable for inflicting violence and to call for racial justice.

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Author: Emily DeRuy