55% Believe Defund the Police Movement Led to Increased Crime

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters believe the “defund the police” movement led to increased crime in major U.S. cities. A Scott Rasmussen national survey found that 24% disagree and 21% are not sure.

The belief that the movement led to increased crime is shared by 51% of urban voters, 56% of suburban voters, and 59% of rural voters.

Eighty percent (80%) of Republicans believe that the movement led to increased crime. Independent voters, by a 44% to 20% margin, tend to agree. Democrats are evenly divided on the question.

A connection between the movement and increased crime is seen by 59% of White voters and 59% of Hispanic voters. Black voters are evenly divided.

The survey also found that 31% have a favorable opinion of the defund the police movement while 57% have an unfavorable view. Those totals include 13% with a Very Favorable opinion and 44% with a Very Unfavorable view.

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The survey of 1,200 Registered Voters was conducted by Scott Rasmussen using a mixed mode approach from July 8-10, 2021. Field work for the survey was conducted by RMG Research, Inc. Most respondents were contacted online or via text while 231 were contacted using automated phone polling techniques. Online respondents were selected from a list of Registered Voters and through a process of Random Digital Engagement. Certain quotas were applied, and the sample was lightly weighted by geography, gender, age, race, education, internet usage, and political party to reasonably reflect the nation’s population of Registered Voters. Other variables were reviewed to ensure that the final sample is representative of that population.

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