No wonder Democratic politicians keep trying to walk away from this issue. The idea of taking funds away from municipal police departments might have more support in quieter times, but … that’s not the political landscape at the moment. With riots erupting in major cities this summer, most people would likely see a need for more law enforcement resources as their most acute concern.
And voila, Rassmussen’s latest survey shows pretty much exactly that same concern. In fact, it shows that concern shared by a majority in almost all demographics, including the one that “defund the police” activists claim to represent:
Opposition is growing to efforts by the political left to defund the police, with most Americans convinced that such a move will lead to more violent crime.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 66% of American Adults now oppose reducing the police budget in the community where they live to channel that money into more social services. That’s up from 59% in early June when we first asked this question. Just 23% favor defunding the cops where they live, down from 27% in the previous survey. Eleven percent (11%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Calls for defunding the police are being aggressively championed by the Black Lives Matter movement, but even among black Americans, 57% are opposed to defunding the police in their home community. Sixty-nine percent (69%) of whites and 62% of other minority adults share that view.