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Poll: 75% In U.S. Believe Defunding Police Has Caused Crime To Rise

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Roughly 75 percent of registered voters believe defunding police departments is either a “major” or “minor” reason for rising violent crime in the United States, a new Morning Consult/Politico poll found.

The survey, conducted on Feb. 5-6 with 2,005 registered voters and a ±2 percentage point margin of error, found that nearly half — 49 percent — think defunding police departments is a “major reason” for rising violent crime. Twenty-six percent believe cutting funds is a minor reason, and a quarter of those polled do not think defunding police departments have contributed to rising violent crime at all.

The survey results come as Democrats largely back away from the “Defund the Police” movement — polling and overall public sentiment have revealed that slashing police budgets in the name of “equity” and subsequent rising crime, usually in poorer and already vulnerable neighborhoods, is wildly unpopular with voters as the midterms approach.

The Democrat Party, corporate media, and President Joe Biden, not including far-leftists like Rep. Cori Bush (D-MI), in recent weeks, have disowned the very movement they promoted during the summer of 2020 and the Black Lives Matter protests and riots. At the time, far-left activists demanded the defunding of police departments across the United States, with several big-city Democrat mayors and city councils capitulating to their demands.

Democrats in some cities allowed protesters to storm and burn police precincts as a form of “racial reckoning,” and mayors slashed budgets by the millions, often eradicating positions and closing specialized programs. Many of these cities were already struggling to recruit — an issue which has increased drastically, only to be exacerbated by vaccine mandates.

Since then, “bail reform” executed by far-left (often George Soros-backed) prosecutors has tanked police morale even further, as repeat offenders are let out onto the streets to perpetrate more crimes. In New York, for example, 4-in-10 criminal suspects freed by “bail reform” are rearrested, per … (Read more)

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