As violent crime rates soar in cities across the U.S., the White House has attempted to paint the GOP as the party responsible for defunding the police while framing President Joe Biden as a law-and-order politician.
Regardless of the factual inaccuracies of that argument, Americans have made it clear that they do not trust the Biden administration to succeed in bringing violent crime under control. According to Breitbart, a new poll finds that half of all respondents have no faith in the president’s ability to tackle an alarming spike in homicides.
The Hill and Harris X conducted the survey and found that 20% of Americans lack some confidence and another 30% lack all confidence in Biden to reduce the murder rate.
Notably, 57% of suburbanites — a demographic that swung heavily in Biden’s favor on Election Day — lack confidence in his abilities.
A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found that Americans are more concerned about crime than they have been in four years — and apparently for good reason.
In Chicago, Illinois, a college student was killed by a stray bullet while riding the subway. Shootings have become more common in many places, including Times Square in New York City, which was long considered safe for tourists.
The news could also represent a daunting political liability for Biden. Polling data shows that fewer than 4 in 10 Americans approve of his crime agenda while 48% disapprove.
His immigration policies earned an even more dismal approval rating at just 1 in 3. Unlike the border crisis, however, the president has at least openly acknowledged the crime problem.
Even if the talking points are not changing many minds just yet, Americans can expect to see Biden double down on the partisan rhetoric if the crime problem persists.