Around 75 percent of registered voters think defunding police depts. is either a “big” or “small” reason for increasing violent crime in the U.S., a new Politico poll discovered.
The survey, done on Feb. 5-6 with around 2,005 voters found that almost half — 49 percent — believe defunding police depts. is a “top reason” for increasing violent crime. Twenty-six percent think that cutting funds is a small reason, and one quarter of those polled don’t believe defunding police departments has led to rising crime.
The survey results come as Dems largely have tried to escape the “Defund the Police” movement — overall public sentiment has revealed that lowering police budgets for “equity” and subsequent increasing crime, usually in black neighborhoods, is very unpopular with voters as the midterms get closer.
The Dem Party, liberal media, and President Biden, not including liberals such as Democrat Congresswoman Cori Bush (MI), in past weeks, have disowned the very movement they supported and started during 2020 and the BLM riots. At the time, far-left activists requested the defunding of police dept. across the U.S., with several big-city Dem mayors and city councils falling to their demands.
Dems in some cities allowed protesters to burst in and burn police precincts as a way of getting “racial reckoning,” and mayors lowered budgets by the millions, and eradicated specialized programs. Many of these places were already struggling to bring in new officers — an issue which was boosted drastically, only to be made worse by vaccine mandates.
Democrats have since changed their strategy. The president just last week blamed guns for the crime increase. Despite this narrative, which is overplayed, many of the people polled do not believe new gun control laws will lower violent crime. According to the survey, 30 percent think “stricter gun laws” would decrease crime and 21 percent think it would lower it “some,” and 40 percent do not believe stricter laws would change the crime rate. Slightly more voters think enforcing current gun laws would be better. Half of the voters do think there are “too many guns,” which spreads violence.