NEW HAVEN, CT – A recent study published on February 16th from Yale University shows a vast majority of Americans are against defunding the police.
While the study shows that most Americans are against defunding, they are in support of reforming the police.
The Democrat Party's "Defund the Police" movement has been one of its many politically disastrous moves toward extremism. https://t.co/TIiejsRivX
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 18, 2022
Greg Huber, the chair for the Yale Political Science Department, oversaw a team that performed an 8-week study which surveyed 1,137 people, asking them their thoughts on “reforming, defunding, and abolishing the police.”
The study, which was published in January of 2022 in an issue of Criminology and Public Policy, showed only 23 percent of those surveyed believed police should be abolished all together.
On defunding the police nationwide, 34 percent of those who responded were in support while 66 percent supported police reform. Huber interpreted these finds as the public would rather see the police “behave differently” as opposed to cutting back funding or abolishing agencies. He said:
“It seems very clear that the public is not comfortable with reducing or getting rid of the police, they would just like the police to behave differently.”
This survey comes after tensions have lessened, to a degree, following the death of George Floyd in 2020 which saw numerous violent protests and riots in large metropolitan areas of the country. The protests and riots caused millions of dollars in damages to local communities and businesses.
"A Rasmussen poll released roughly a year after the Black Lives Matter protests and riots found that 52 percent of Americans think more money should be spent on police. Only 18 percent thought less should be spent on police."https://t.co/1Eqs63TinD via @BreitbartNews
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) February 19, 2022
The backlash led Black Lives Matter to prominence who demanded that police departments be defunded and/or abolished throughout the nation. Their claim was less police would equal less crime, which, according to some, has led to the increased violence that is being realized in every city that has cut their police budget.
Huber said that the idea of the survey was done following all the protests and riots, noting:
“[There was an] enormous amount of protests and discussion around police misconduct.”
“The question was whether or not that mean that Americans wanted to get rid of the police wholesale, or just address behavior by the police that is detrimental to the public.”
Huber said that the study showed that the people surveyed were “less receptive” to the idea of abolishing police and defunding agencies because they are “worried about crime.” He said:
“We’ve seen big increases in crime rates in many cities. What this tells us is that the public is going to be skeptical of reducing the number of police on the streets. They’re worried that crime would go up…
“I think the summer of 2020, it was very unclear as to what policy reforms people wanted. We saw that there was widespread support for addressing police misconduct, but I think some people thought that extended to also broader efforts to get rid of the police or reduce the number of police on the streets. That does not appear that many people who are marching actually supported those changes.”
Professor Huber interviewed about public opinion on police reforms; new study concludes that reforms targeting how police departments operate, rather than decreasing budgets, are more likely to succeed (w @paigeevaughn @pylekeyton) https://t.co/ouz3Xp3xFL via @NBCConnecticut
— Yale ISPS (@ISPSYale) February 18, 2022
Huber’s study concluded that most Americans do not want to see less police or cuts to their budgets. Rather, he believes the study shows that Americans support nationwide police reform.
Other studies conducted on the matter show similar findings, such as the one released from Rasmussen almost a year after the violent protests and riots. In that study, 52 percent of those surveyed reported they wanted to see police budgets increased while only 18 percent wanted to see less money spent on police budgets.
The study also found that 66 percent of those who responded agreed with the following statement:
“The radical and reckless decisions by some jurisdictions to defund their police forces have had a real and devastating effect on American communities.”
Another poll, a February Morning Consult/Politico, found that 75 percent of those who responded believe that defunding the police is either a “major” or “minor” cause of the recent increases in violent crime.
WASHINGTON, DC- It’s funny what happens when you’re about ready to get your clocks cleaned in the mid-term elections. For nearly the past two years, all we’ve heard from Democrats, primarily the “squad” members, is the mantra to “defund the police.”
That very nearly cost them the House and Senate in 2020, and it was certainly looking like this time, they would pay a severe price for it.
Well now, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who apparently still has some modicum of awareness left, knowing that crime has been spiking out of control for going on two years, is now claiming that defunding the police is no longer the direction in which the Democratic Party wants to go, Breitbart News reports.
It is simply not a hill they want to die on, although the damage may already be done.
On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, he asked Pelosi about the rising crime and the fact that there appears to be a difference of opinion from within the Democratic caucus on how to deal with it.
“The other thing weighing on people now is rising crime. There appear to be some divisions among Democrats on how to handle it,” Stephanopoulos said.
“Your colleague Karen Bass is running for mayor of Los Angeles trying to increase…the police force in L.A. Cori Bush, congresswoman from Missouri, is saying time to defund the police. She is sticking by that. You’re the speaker. How do you think Democrats should address rising crime?”
Pelosi, who looked fresh out of her latest injection of Botox, told Stephanopoulos “That’s not the position of the Democratic Party.”
“With all due respect in the world for Cori Bush, that’s not the position of the Democratic Party. Community safety to protect and defend in every way is our oath of office,” Pelosi said.
“We’re all concerned about mistreatment of people. That’s why Karen Bass had “The Justice in Policing Act.” We hope to get some of that done, whether it’s no-knock, chokehold, or some of those issues even if we can’t get it all done.”
While Joe Biden and his mouthpiece Jen Psaki have tried to claim that it was Republicans and not Democrats who were attempting to defund the police, there is plenty of evidence that suggests otherwise.
That is what makes Pelosi’s pivot seem disingenuous and only political in nature.
“Make no mistake, community safety is our responsibility,” Pelosi said. “I quote one of my colleagues from New York, Ritchie Torres, a brand new member of Congress way on the left, saying that ‘defund the police’ is dead. That causes a concern with a few in our caucus. But public safety is our responsibility.”
This is a change in strategy for the Democrats, who first of all embraced the violent protests and explosion in violent crime that took place after Floyd’s death, then pivoting to claiming Republicans were “exaggerating” the problem.
Meanwhile, murder rates exploded in cities from Philadelphia to St. Louis and out to Los Angeles, along with nearly every Democratic-run city in between.
The Hill reported that according to the Council on Criminal Justice (CCJ), homicides in major U.S. cities increased 44 percent since 2019.
A couple of weeks ago, Joe Biden took time off from his weekly vacations to Delaware to travel to New York City, reeling from the execution-style shootings of two NYPD police officers, where he joined New York mayor Eric Adams and promised to combat gun violence.
Republicans, however, are not buying Biden’s sudden decision to get “tough” on crime.
“Joe Biden and Democrats’ soft-on-crime policies have emboldened criminals in Democrat-run cities across the country,” said RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel in response to Biden’s comments.
Pelosi is probably also reading the polls, with a Pew Research Survey from October showing 47 percent of Americans said police spending in their cities or towns should be increased, an increase from 31 percent in June of 2020.
Support for defunding the police, meanwhile dropped from 25 percent in 2020 to 15 percent in October of 2021.
Moderate Democrats, including former President Barack Obama blamed Democratic losses in a number of swing districts in 2020 on the embrace of “defund the police” by far-left progressives.
“Defund the police is an absolutely stupid slogan,” said Democratic strategist Adrian Hemond.
“Even if you agree with the policy goals of what folks in this movement are pushing, it’s a very bad slogan because it’s not actually at least a hundred percent indicative of what they say they want to do, at least most of them.”
Democrats have attempted to paint Republicans’ opposition to Biden’s American Rescue Plan as an indication that they are the ones who don’t support the police. However there is plenty of evidence to the contrary.
That plan provides $350 million to help local governments, including police departments. However, the money isn’t specifically directed toward public safety and governments can do whatever they want with it. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki earned three Pinocchio’s from the Washington Post for her claims.
Republicans are confident that voters won’t fall for the Democrats’ sudden embrace of law enforcement.
“Voters aren’t going to believe that Democrats are suddenly tough on crime after they spent the last two years trying to defund the police,” said Mike Berg, spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee.
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