Poll: 80% of Americans are concerned about violent crime – and it’s the highest it’s been in 25 years

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Polling by Gallup showed that violent crime is a concern among 80% of Americans.

National and local perceptions/fear about crime are at or near their peak levels for the past 25 years.

Americans’ concerns over crime have hit a four-year high, according to a Washington Post- ABC News Poll.

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The opinion article below is from Roll Call, a publication covering the US Congress. It’s written by David Winston, the president of The Winston Group.

His assessment is provided as to politics and concern over crime and disunity within the Democratic party. It’s followed by a summation of multi-year data on fear of crime.

Critics will say that this article is a political piece. But an overview of recent fear of crime data provides insight into the hearts and minds of African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and the country as a whole. Collectively, they indicate where America is headed regarding crime policy and politics.

Criminological literature is filled with the impact that crime has on citizens. It destroys communities and cities. Businesses leave. Economic prosperity dies. Jobs are eliminated. School test scores suffer.  Crime is like COVID, it impacts all who come into contact with it. People are leaving cities.

I offer the Roll Call article along with the overview of fear of crime data to provide insight into the beliefs of Americans and what fear of crime can-will do regarding elections, the economy, and our overall lives.

Roll Call-Opinion (rearranged-edited quotes)

Despite Biden and Pelosi’s efforts to stem the bleeding by offering up more funding to stop gun violence and invest in community policing, the WTI research shows that Democrats are losing the issue, with more voters believing that the Democratic Party supports defunding the police than not by a margin of 48 percent to 34 percent.

There are three main reasons for the Democrats’ troubles on this issue. First, there is widespread recognition of just how serious rising crime is becoming, with 7 out of 10 voters believing that across America, violent crime is escalating.

Six out of 10 voters agree with the statement that “families, communities and small business are being endangered and experiencing the devastating effects of rhetoric about defunding the police and police department budget cuts at the hands of politicians.”

These views extend across party, ideology, age and region, making a concept like defunding the police totally out of tune with most voters who oppose it by a 3-to-1 margin.

There’s a second reason for the Democrats’ weakness on the crime issue. The president and other Democrats have tried to have it both ways — trying to pose as supporters of the police while only reluctantly, if at all, acknowledging that crime is a major problem.

On the White House website list of priorities, crime doesn’t even make the list. The White House’s lack of acknowledgment and often dismissive rhetoric about crime, particularly in cities with progressive mayors and prosecutors, has led directly to its weak standing on the issue.

As a result, when voters were asked in the March survey whether they believed Democrats would focus on law enforcement efforts to deal with violent offenders, they were split, with 44 percent believing they would and 43 percent believing they wouldn’t. Independents were even more skeptical, with 36 percent believing and 46 percent not believing.

In contrast, voters by a 61 percent to 27 percent margin believed that Republicans would stand with law enforcement in their efforts to ensure the safety of our communities and the protection of America’s families and children.

Not surprisingly, Democrats trail on the handling of the crime and safety issue by 12 points (48 percent favoring Republicans, 36 percent favoring Democrats) and among independents by 13 points (42 percent-29 percent, with 29 percent undecided). The Democratic Party’s silence about threats to safety has left Democrats supporting a policy position that voters find alienating.

Finally, with police officers, Democrats have chosen the wrong group to vilify. The police have a very favorable brand image (72 percent favorable, 20 percent unfavorable in the March WTI survey).

Congressional Democrats have a negative brand at 44 percent favorable, 49 percent unfavorable. By affiliating themselves with the defund the police movement, they are seen by voters as opposing a very positive group of public servants who are well liked and supported by the electorate.

Summation Of Recent Fear of Crime Data

1. The Rasmussen Reports group showed that 61% of their respondents believe that violent crime in America is getting worse. And polling by Gallup showed that violent crime is a concern among 80% of Americans, including 53% who worry a “great deal” and 27% who are concerned to a “fair” degree. The Rasmussen survey was released on April 8, 2022, the Gallup poll was made public on April 7.

2. National and local perceptions/fear about crime are at or near their peak levels for the past 25 years. Americans are more likely to perceive crime in the U.S. as having increased over the prior year than they have been at any point since 1993, Gallup. Crime may be an important issue in next year’s midterm elections, Gallup. Most Americans are impacted by street or computer crimes yearly. Fifty-one percent, up from 38% in 2020, say there is more crime in their area than a year ago, Gallup.

3. Crime is a national concern, Pew. The economy, health care, and COVID led the categories.

4. Americans’ concerns over crime have hit a four-year high, according to a Washington Post- ABC News poll released Friday. Fifty-nine percent of respondents said that crime is an “extremely” or “very serious” problem in the U.S., the highest level since 2017. On a local level, worries about crime are also growing, though lower than the national concern, The Hill (Newspaper Of Congress).

5. Americans are more likely to perceive crime in the U.S. as having increased over the prior year (78%) than they have been at any point since 1993, Gallup.

6. Gallup presents a multi-year overview of perceptions of crime, Gallup.

7. After the riots and protests of 2020, a majority of Americans say they are concerned about rising crime in U.S. cities, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released exclusively to The Hill. Seventy-seven percent of respondents say they are concerned that crime is rising in the nation’s cities, while 46 percent of respondents said they were concerned about rising crime in their own communities, The Hill.

8. Mass Shootings: In the wake of two August mass shootings that claimed the lives of 31 people in one weekend, Americans are more worried about themselves or a family member being the victim of a mass shooting than they were after two previous massacres. Currently, 48% of U.S. adults are “very” or “somewhat” worried, compared with 39% in 2017 after one gunman killed 58 people in Las Vegas and 38% in 2015 after a San Bernardino shooter left 14 dead, Gallup.

9. Worry About Crime: 75 percent of Americans worry about crime and violence (April 2019), Gallup.

10. Fear of crime was the top national concern in 2018. Per Gallup, 75 percent of Americans worry about crime and violence (down from 78 percent in March 2018), which was the same as health care, the top concern, Fear of Crime. Gallup asked those polled if they worried about topics a great deal or a fair amount. Crime was ranked the same as health care using a combined score.

11. Half of Americans believe crime is very or extremely serious. In 2018, just under half (49%) of Americans believe the problem of crime in the United States is very or extremely serious — a 10-percentage-point drop and the first time the number has been below 50% since 2005, Serious Crime Concerns.

12. Sixty-One Percent Say Violent Crime Is A Very Big Problem. Americans’ attitudes about police funding in their own community shifted in 2021. Sixty-one percent of Americans also said violent crime was a very big problem—up 20 percentage points from June 2020. In addition to the rise in support for increased funding, support for reducing police spending has fallen significantly, down from 25% in June 2020 to 15% today, Pew

13. Crime A National Concern. As crime rates continue to soar across the country, a new Fox Business survey finds almost 8 in 10 registered voters  (77 percent) are “extremely” or “very” concerned about the surge. The only issue more pressing is inflation (84 percent “extremely” or “very” concerned), Fox Business.

14. 42% Of Black Adults Say Crime Is A Major Problem. Some 43% of urban residents now say crime is a major problem in their community, compared with 35% in 2018. Perceptions of these problems differ by race and ethnicity.

For example, 42% of Black adults say crime is a major problem in their community, compared with 30% of Hispanic adults, 24% of Asian adults and 17% of White adults. In urban areas, where the issues included in the survey tend to be seen as more of a problem than in other community types, Black adults are more likely than their White and Hispanic counterparts to see drug addiction, crime and racism as major problems in their communities.

Lower-income adults in urban areas are even more likely to see drug addiction (59%) and crime (51%) as major problems. This is significantly more than the shares of lower-income adults in suburban and rural areas. Needless to say, Pew addressed “major” problems. If we included “problems” with crime and violence, the percentage would be much higher, Pew.

15. Latinos And Violent Crime. Latinos say crime and gun violence is their number two concern — behind COVID-19 and before immigration, social justice or voting rights — in our inaugural Axios-Ipsos Latino Poll in partnership with Noticias Telemundo. Why it matters: This finding and others in our poll could be warning signs for President Biden and his party next year, even as respondents by a two-to-one margin prefer generic Democratic midterm candidates over Republicans, Axios.

16. Asian Americans. About eight in ten Asian Americans say violence against them is increasing in the U.S., an April survey found.

No joke: LA’s hard-left DA George Gascòn says felony charge for Chappelle attacker ‘unethical’

LOS ANGELES, CA – Hey Dave Chappelle, have you heard this joke? “A liberal is a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet.”

Or this one: Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascòn says it would be unethical to charge your armed attacker with a felony.

What happened to the comedian onstage Tuesday night at the Hollywood Bowl — an armed man leapt from the audience, ran across the stage and attacked Chappelle — wasn’t funny and it really isn’t a joke that the hard-left, George Soros-backed Gascòn is refusing to charge Isaiah Lee, 23, with nothing more than four misdemeanors.

In fact, Chappelle is upset that the man who attacked him while holding a weapon won’t face a single felony charge, his lawyer told The New York Post on Friday. The comic’s attorney, Gabriel Colwell said:

“It’s a travesty of justice that DA [George] Gascòn is refusing to prosecute this case as a felony. The City Attorney, who filed the case, is doing his job but DA Gascón should also do his job and charge this as a felony.”

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Colwell called on the DA to reconsider the charges, shortly after Lee pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor counts over the attack on the comedian during his segment for a comedy festival called Netflix is a Joke: The Festival. Colwell explained:

“This was a violent assault that was perpetrated on an unsuspecting entertainer while he was giving a show in front of  thousands of people at the historic Hollywood Bowl. The idea that [Lee] had a deadly weapon on him — one that was a replica of a handgun that had a knife — that is a violent assault.”

He added:

“Entertainers in LA need to know this is a justice system that will protect them. There is no question here that when someone is violently assaulted by another in possession of a deadly weapon that it should be charged as a felony.”

Poll: 80% of Americans are concerned about violent crime - and it's the highest it's been in 25 years
Isaiah Lee, 23, taken to hospital after attack. YouTube screenshot courtesy Comedy Hype.

 

Poll: 80% of Americans are concerned about violent crime - and it's the highest it's been in 25 years
Isaiah Lee taken into custody. YouTube screenshot courtesy Comedy Hype.

 

Poll: 80% of Americans are concerned about violent crime - and it's the highest it's been in 25 years
Isaiah Lee is an aspiring rapper. YouTube screenshot courtesy Comedy Hype.

Gascón’s office insisted Friday that they wouldn’t have been able to prosecute Lee on a felony charge because video of the attack didn’t show him brandishing the knife at Chappelle, according to The Post.

Greg Risling, a spokesman with the LA County DA’s Office, issued a statement:

“Our office also could not charge Mr Lee with a felony of carrying a concealed weapon. Filing that charge would only be allowed if the blade is locked in an open position. It does not appear that Mr Lee opened the knife at any time during this incident.”

“We evaluated the possibility of filing other charges as well, but found the evidence did not meet the statutory criteria for any felony offense. All misdemeanor matters within the city of Los Angeles are referred to the City Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.

“It would be unethical to charge someone with a felony when the elements of the statute are not met.”

The aspiring rapper allegedly knocked the famous comic to the ground before security was able to pull him away. Lee was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries he sustained during the incident before being booked into jail on $30,000 bail.

Chappelle said he spoke to Lee backstage after the attack and he gave a surprising reason for why he did it, according to The Post.

While performing at a secret comedy show in Los Angeles on Thursday night, Chappelle said that he convinced security to let him approach the attacker before he was hauled away by cops. He told the audience:

“I needed to talk to him.”

Chappelle said he asked Lee why he did it and the accused attacker gave a rambling story about his grandmother being forced out her Brooklyn neighborhood as a result of gentrification. Lee thought the onstage attack would shed light on her situation, Chappelle said.

The comedian said Lee appeared to be mentally ill, a supposition that was confirmed by Lee’s older brother, Aaron Lee. The brother gave an interview to Rolling Stone on Wednesday in which he said Lee struggles with mental illness and takes medication.

He said Lee, a Brooklyn native, has been in and out of Los Angeles homeless shelters for the past decade.

Aaron Lee said his brother does not have anything against Chappelle but then said his brother has transgender friends and Chappelle’s recent trans jokes could have prompted Lee to attack him. He said:

“Yeah, it could have definitely been a factor, but I really don’t know.”

Gascón’s decision not to file felony charges against Lee has earned a lot of criticism, including from some within the DA’s office who support a recall movement against the top prosecutor. Deputy District Attorney Jon Hatami went on record with his disapproval. He said:

“Anyone who arms themselves with a deadly weapon, in this case a knife, and violently attacks an innocent person, famous or not, should be charged accordingly.”

“With only a misdemeanor charge, the person could be released soon, with only a slap on the wrist. That fails to provide justice to the victim, accountability for this person’s actions and safety to the general public. These concepts, however, like public safety and justice, that most of us value, are concepts George Gascón can care less about.”

Poll: 80% of Americans are concerned about violent crime - and it's the highest it's been in 25 years
Police photos of replica gun with folding knife blade. YouTube screenshot courtesy Today show.

The DA’s office initially had the case after Lee was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon but then referred it to the LA City Attorney’s Office on Thursday, saying the high-profile incident did not warrant felony charges, The Post reported.

The DA’s office said:

“After reviewing the evidence, prosecutors determined that while criminal conduct occurred, the evidence as presented did not constitute felony conduct.”

A few hours later, LA City Attorney Mike Feuer charged Lee with four misdemeanor counts: battery, possessing a deadly weapon with intent to assault, unauthorized access to the stage area during a performance and commission of an act that delays the event or interferes with the performer.

Chappelle’s attorney said he thinks the maximum penalty for the four misdemeanors is a year and half in jail and a $4,000 fine.

At Lee’s hearing, public defender Chelsea Padilla said the 23-year-old was a good candidate for “rapid diversion.” The program allows defendants to avoid serving jail time if they complete treatment or some form of educational class. Padilla told Judge Wendy Segall that Lee is currently receiving mental-health services.

Colwell disagreed with the rapid diversion option, saying that Lee was in “possession of a deadly weapon.”

Wearing a blue jail uniform, with his right arm in a sling, Lee stood before Judge Segall in court Friday. Lee’s bail remained at $30,000, which will be reviewed again at a hearing May 10. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 20. The judge said that should he make bail, he must stay at least 100 yards away from, and have no contact with, Chappelle.
Carla Sims, Chappelle’s representative, released a statement Wednesday that said:
“As unfortunate and unsettling as the incident was, Chappelle went on with the show. Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock helped calm the crowd with humor before Chappelle introduced the last and featured musical guests for the evening.”
Sims said Chappelle, 48, is “fully cooperating” with the police investigation.
Officer Lizeth Lomeli, a spokesperson for the LAPD, on Wednesday described the incident:
“(Chappelle) had finished his act and as he was exiting the stage, a male who was part of the audience jumped on the stage and tackle(d) this celebrity to the ground.”
Chappelle’s security team jumped into action, restraining the attacker and pummeling him at the back of the stage. Lee was seen after the incident being loaded into an ambulance for a trip to the hospital with his face bloody and swollen and his right arm possibly broken.
Police described the weapon taken from the suspect as a replica handgun with a knife blade.
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, which owns the Hollywood Bowl, released a statement that said it is adding “additional security measures” and reviewing existing procedures.
“We are reviewing our existing procedures both internally and with the assistance of outside experts so we can continue to provide a safe and secure environment at the Hollywood Bowl. We have implemented additional security measures, including an increased number of security personnel on-site to assist with bag checks and other security procedures.”

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Revealed: Trans activist behind Chappelle Netflix protest has history of homophobic, anti-Asian, anti-Hispanic tweets

October 25, 2021

The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the author. 

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LOS GATOS, CA – Richard Prior…George Carlin…hell, even Eddie Murphy. Comedians many Americans grew up listening to would not be able to survive in the woke 2020s.

In an age where everyone on the left is offended literally by everything, being a comedian has to be one of the hardest callings there is. You literally have to walk on eggshells.

Such is life currently for Dave Chappelle and by extension Netflix, which has come under fire due to Chappelle’s comments about the trans mafia during his comedy special, The Closer.

Now it’s being discovered that the person leading the charge in protesting Netflix and Chappelle, Ashlee Marie Preston, has an extensive history of writing bigoted tweets.

Social media detectives have uncovered a number of Preston’s tweets and have shared screenshots of them, which show exactly what kind of hypocrite she is. Please excuse language, as Preston made racist remarks against Asians and others. Also please excuse her apparent inability to speak coherent English.

Asian hoes act like they wont get karate chopped in they muthafukn throat. What is this hoe staring at. Mind ya beeswax. #Bitch.

Jus broke my phone on this Asian bitches head…I have Asian friends…but they some muthafukkn #weirdo sometimes [I Said It But We All Think It.]

Other screenshots show her tweets, including one where she called someone a “faggot fucker” and referring to people as “faggot cock suckers.”

That is thee last tiem I help that faggot fucker…he’s bringing ME problems Truman help him.

Got tha 9 on these muthafukerz…faggot cock suckers…leave em shook like jelly, in a jam…SMUKERZ.

Yet another tweet explains about “drunk” and “drugged up Asian bitches” being “a predator’s dream.”

I think this gurl overdosed I hope her homegurl don’t leave her wit them dudes…drunk drugged up Asian bitches are a predator’s dream.

Remember, Twitter banned former President Trump and a number of other people for “fomenting violence,” yet this nut job is still allowed to post whatever she wants apparently.

There are also screenshots of her attacking Asians for poor driving skills.

Almost got hit by an Asian in a BMW as I crossed the street…yes I know what you mean, but the important thing is that we didn’t say it.

Another damn Asian almost hit me while crossin, what the fuck is it wit yall and damn vehicles? I have an idea…

“Mcdonalds on wilshire…eating my salad and protein wrap. Dis asian nigga keep lookin at me…”

And another:

“This Asian nigga in the subway, gotta fat ass…he almost looks like bitch from behind,” she tweeted.

One more:

Us broke my phone on this Asian bitches head…I have Asian friends…but they sum muthafuckn #weirdo sometimes #saiditbutwasallthinkit,” she tweeted

All of this came after highly publicized AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) crimes across the country, which drew the attention of the Biden administration, resulting in a number of executive orders issued by Biden to fight AAPI hate.

Preston has also attacked Hispanics.

Latino and Asian businesses need 2 stop bein ride [sp] & fukn disrespectful & I kno its A LOT to as in CA but speak fukn English 2*. #yahisaidit”

 Oh, and she also slurred a Latina female, calling her a “transvestite”:

This Chola has soooo much fukn makeup on she looks like a transvestite #lessisbest.”

More information about Preston? She formerly served as a campaign surrogate for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), when the tweets were first discovered during her presidential campaign in 2019.

“Elizabeth Warren Under Fire as Campaign Surrogate’s Racist, Homophobic Tweets Come to Light,” the headline in the October edition of Law and Crime read.

After the story was published, Preston responded by issuing a statement on Twitter, where she blamed drugs for her unhinged rants, claiming she was “strung out on drugs” and “tweeting from an impaired conscious,” whatever that means.

“At the height of my meth addiction (8/9 years ago) I made a series of racially insensitive and homophobic tweets,” Preston wrote at the time. “I wasn’t out yet, and was dealing with internalized transphobia while homeless in a neighborhood where I felt culturally inferior.”

She added that the resurfacing of the tweets were politically motivated, however claimed to take “full responsibility for my actions and deeply apologize to those I’ve offended or hurt.”

Business Insider  said in 2019 that “Preston’s old tweets display comments that are racist, homophobic, and misogynistic in nature,” Post Millennial reported.

TheThingIhateMost…When Companies Have Reps In India & China Taking Calls For Them…I Never Understand Wtf They Are Saying,” in February 2012.

What Do U Call A Chinese Drive By Shooting?? Cappucino,” she also wrote.

Preston is listed as a “Host/Media Personality & Social Entrepreneur on Instagram, and is a man pretending to be a woman, who has written for Bazaar and Forbes (hopefully in real English and not the hip hop Ebonics lingo she tweeted in). He/She is “dedicated to work elevating minorities [except for Asians, apparently] pointing out discrimination [except against Asian people, apparently], and LGBTQ+ [ABCDEF] issues.”

Last Wednesday, some Netflix employees walked off their jobs, claiming Chappelle’s comedy special was “transphobic.” In the old days, it would have been called “funny.”

The woke mob consisting of transgendered Netflix employees released demands of senior management, where they called for more “transgender and non-binary content” and more trans people in senior management levels.

Because clearly, all of America is calling for more “transgender and non-binary content.”

Preston was quoted last week as “a leading trans advocate” by Business Insider, who quoted her as saying outside Netflix headquarters:

“I think ultimately we’re up against a new emergency of the ‘hate economy,’ and there is this manipulation of algorithmic science that distorts the way we perceive ourselves and others. And I think companies like Netflix, Facebook, and Instagram, they play into it and they monetize it.”

Well, at least he/she has seemed to learn how to speak coherent English.

The Closer has caused a lot of heartburn for the woke, social justice warrior crowd, however based on audience scores from the television review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes,  it has a 96 percent positive rating.

It’s amusing really. The trans mafia claims they are a “marginalized” community, but anyone who in any way slights them is excoriated, shunned, and in Chappelle’s case, attempted to be canceled.

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