Poll: Americans strongly oppose defunding the police, but...

While 58 percent of voters oppose the “defund the police” movement, voters are virtually split — 43 percent to 42 percent — when asked whether they support or oppose redirecting funding for their local police departments to bolster community development programs, which some have defined as the underlying premise of the three-word slogan. The June 12-14 poll surveyed 1,987 registered voters, with a margin of error of 2 percentage points…

Support for “defund the police” is relatively soft among Democrats: Under half (48 percent) support the movement generally, and less than a quarter do so “strongly.” The numbers are similar among black voters.